Monday, April 20, 2015

Exemplary 125th Anniversary Website by Barnard

Barnard College does almost everything right on its 125th anniversary website:
  • Good video with a mix of old and new
  • "125 Scrapbook" invites students and alumnae to share their Barnard stories -- oral histories with a soft touch
  • Ultra-thorough timeline; the parallax design is confusing at first, but once you get the hang of it, it's easy to slice and dice by category 
  • Photos of alumnae from all fields tell a story of accomplishment. It's not clear at first that you can click on each one for a short bio (in fact, you can do that); I would have liked to have heard the voice of the person pictured as well, wherever possible. 
In all, excellent organizational storytelling and a fine use of archival material. It's a site that should also work well as a recruiting tool. (And keep in mind that this praise emanates from someone who made it a point not to attend an all-female college.)