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ann romines <[log in to unmask]>
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Tue, 19 May 2015 06:12:14 -0700
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Andy, the redesigned site is beautiful, spacious--and so usable, even for a Luddite like me.  I think even Willa (whom I suspect of Luddite tendencies) would be at home there.  Bravo--and many, many thanks to you and everyone involved.

All best,

On Mon, 5/18/15, Andrew Jewell <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

 Subject: [5BANKSTREET] Willa Cather Archive Redesign
 To: [log in to unmask]
 Date: Monday, May 18, 2015, 1:04 PM
 Dear 5 Bank
 After several months of work and testing, last
 Friday we released a complete redesign of the Willa Cather
 Archive (http://cather.unl.edu).
 This new look prioritizes comfortable reading and is meant,
 typographically, to evoke the design sensibilities Cather
 herself preferred for her works: wide margins, large type,
 and pleasing simplicity. The font is, in fact, an electronic
 font based on a typeface design by Rudolph Ruzicka, the
 designer of some of Cather's Knopf dust jackets and,
 most likely, her headstone. 
 The redesigned site is also much more friendly
 for mobile devices. Last year, about 25% of all encounters
 with the Cather Archive were on mobile devices or tablets,
 and that number will only grow. I've used responsive web
 design technology so the site will make select design
 adjustments for users with smaller screens, adjustments that
 will make reading and navigating much more
 Thanks goes to those who provided excellent
 feedback and advice during the redesign process, and I want
 to particularly thank Karin Dalziel, Emily Rau, Gabi
 Kirilloff, Caterina Bernardini, and Samantha Greenfield for
 their help. 
 We hope you enjoy the redesigned site, and, as
 always, we welcome your feedback and
 I'm looking forward to seeing many of you
 soon at the Cather Seminar, and I promise I'll have some
 nice Cather Archive swag for you to take home with
 Best,Andy Jewell
 Andrew Jewell, Ph.D.
 Associate Professor, University
 Librariesco-editor, Scholarly Editing: The Annual
 of the Association for Documentary Editing (www.scholarlyediting.org)
 Editor, Willa Cather Archive (http://cather.unl.edu)
 203S Love Library
 University of Nebraska-Lincoln
 Lincoln, NE  68588
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