myUnion.edu

This week we are proud to announce the redesign of Union Institute & University’s website. The original “university without walls” – an institution where working adults have the opportunity to pursue a degree regardless of where they live and work – Union is an accredited, private, national university that offers personalized undergraduate, masters, and doctoral programs designed for the lifelong learner.

As Union has grown over the years – from a consortium of 10 regional colleges to an independent degree-granting institution and the acquisition of Vermont College – its website kept adding pages with different looks to them. There were so many different looks, with different navigational structures and color palettes, that it was beginning to be difficult to tell if you were still on Union’s website. Additionally, the site’s URL, www.tui.edu, was tough for even faculty and staff to remember.

Under the banner of, “Change Your Thinking,” the new website at myunion.edu, helps showcase how Union Institute & University has redefined higher education by placing learners at the center of their own education. The site highlights current students and alumni and shows how Union changed their thinking – about their educations and their lives. In addition to interviewing Union faculty, staff, learners, and alumni at Union’s Cincinnati Academic Center, the Creative Department’s interactive team visited the Brattleboro, Vermont Academic Center where they observed two weekend residency programs and commencement ceremonies for the Bachelor of Arts program.

Built on Adobe Contribute, a flexible Content Management System (CMS) that allows for additional content updates without learning HTML, the new design empowers the Union staff to easily keep the site fresh and relevant for current and prospective students.

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CONCEPT: Sean Biehle, Brandon Blank, Gregg Meade
DESIGN: Brandon Blank, Jennifer Schwab
CONTENT: Sean Biehle
DEVELOPERS: Robb Heddrick, Jeff Lay, Taylor MacDonald
ASSOCIATE CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Brandon Blank

About Sean Biehle

I’m a Taurus who enjoys rainy Sunday afternoons, open source technology, and unicorns.

Turn This Cup Up To 11

Mustaine's Peruvian Blend If there’s one thing I like, it’s a darn tut-in good ol’ cup of coffee, and thanks to a mention on VH1′s 100 Greatest Hard Rock Songs, I might have found the perfect cup. When I learned that Dave Mustaine, the lead guitarist, songwriter, and singer for the heavy metal band Megadeth had his own blend of micro-roasted, organic, fair trade coffee, I had to try it for myself. With a steep price tag and even steeper shipping cost I was a little skeptical, but I pressed on in curiosity.

With several flavors to choose from, I had to get a second opinion, so why not get Dave Mustaine’s?

I found a contact email on the site and dashed off a quick challenge, “What’s Dave Mustaine’s personal favorite blend of coffee?”

To my gleeful surprise I received this:

Good Morning Laura,
I spoke with Dave and his favorite blend is Peruvian.
Enjoy,
Tammy Olson
Net Worth Coffee Brokers, Inc.

One freshly percolated pot later, I’m willing to say it was worth every penny of the $24.87 total cost including shipping. It was crisp and bold, and made me want to throw my fist up in metal horns of glory.

Well done, Dave. Even the packaging kept it real.

But don’t take my word for it, check out the office’s tasting notes in the comments below.

The Pete Weber

Add a bowling ball to the Inigo Montoya ad you have the Pete Weber.

Three strikes in a row is a turkey, right?

The Weber

About Sean Biehle

I’m a Taurus who enjoys rainy Sunday afternoons, open source technology, and unicorns.

BHDP.com

This week we are proud to announce the launch of a redesigned site for bhdp architecture, an internationally renowned firm specializing in “People-Centric Architecture.”

Built in .NET, the speedy, new site utilizes Flash 9 for feature areas on the home, project, and people pages, employing ActionScript 3 to load the site up to 10 times faster than legacy code. XML Schema pull structured data from bhdp’s Sharepoint intranet, allowing the client to easily update the site.

The new site also showcases the new brand identity and highlights the great experiences bhdp delivers for their clients in higher education, workplace, retail, and science & technology.

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WEBSITE
CONCEPT: Sean Biehle, Brandon Blank, Jennifer Schwab
DESIGN: Brandon Blank, Jennifer Schwab
CONTENT: John Graham
DEVELOPERS: Robb Heddrick, Jeff Lay, Taylor MacDonald
ASSOCIATE CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Brandon Blank

BRAND IDENTITY
DESIGN: Katie Stebbens
TAGLINE: Steve Deiters
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Lauren Anderson

About Sean Biehle

I’m a Taurus who enjoys rainy Sunday afternoons, open source technology, and unicorns.

The Inigo Montoya

Brandon showcases one of the newest additions to the facial hair types chart – The Inigo Montoya.

Inigo Montoya

About Sean Biehle

I’m a Taurus who enjoys rainy Sunday afternoons, open source technology, and unicorns.