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Open Source opens minds

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Dynamic, engaging, and easy to manage—it used to be that you had to pick two when developing your website. Today's Open Source platforms with built-in content management systems (CMS) make its less complicated, expensive and time consuming to manage your organization’s online presence.

What’s so great about Open Source?

Open Source is a way of working that promotes free access to a plethora of tools to build and customize websites and web applications. Communities of web developers offer their custom solutions and plug-ins—often free of charge—to each other. Developers are constantly adding to the plug-in pool, which allows the platform your site is built on to adapt and grow organically as the internet evolves.

BSD has built websites on Joomla and Drupal, two popular Open Source platforms. Their built-in CMS allows non-technical personnel to create and modify website content at will.

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EdCount — Website design for a firm specializing in educational assessment practice and policy. The site's built-in content management system allows non-technical personnel to create and modify website content at will.
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EdCount — The homepage slideshow cycles though a series of case studies, suggested readings and features the custom-designed interactive infographic we conceived and designed.
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EdCount — The homepage slideshow features a series of case studies incorporating a custom-designed interactive infographic.
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EdCount — Working with two partners — a PR firm and Web developer — we designed a framework and templates that enable the client to add and edit content.
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EdCount — Designing with limited visuals, the left-hand navigation features colorful graphics that relate to each section and add visual vibrancy.
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EdCount — The client's "Theory of Action" determines their approach to each assignment. A custom-designed accordion-style infographic demonstrates how the "theory" relates to each case study.
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EdCount — The Content Management System (CMS) allows non-technical personnel the flexibility to add, remove and edit content throughout the website at will.
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As the objective evolves, so must the solution.

edCount, an education consultancy, had outgrown their original “brochure” website and hired BSD and its two partners—a public relations firm and web developer—to design a contemporary one that can be readily updated to reflect the evolving nature of educational policy and practice.

The complex and technical nature of their work required text-heavy explanations and finding suitable visuals proved to be a challenge. We focused instead on creating a clear information hierarchy, visually appealing navigational graphics and engaging interactive charts.

As the web content grew and evolved so did their self-awareness. Our team of web strategists, designers and developers partnered with edCount throughout their “evolution” to reveal even richer possibilities for a dynamic, flexible and adaptable site that fully explained their array of interconnected services and showcased their case studies and work products.

Ultimately, edCount’s shift in the way they describe what they do combined with the new site navigation offers visitors a keen understanding of the organization and how education policy and practice inform each other.

"Thank you so much for your amazing listening skills, artistic sensibilities, and ability to translate our thoughts into an amazing reality. You’re the best!," says Ellen Forte, edCount's president.

To view edCount's site, visit: www.edCount.com

To view our partner's sites, visit:
www.taylored-communications.com
www.toddviola.org

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