For the last four months or so I’ve been working on a new redesign of the SAULCAT interface for the University of St Andrews Library. SAULCAT, for those not fortunate enough to have studied at the University of St Andrews, stands for St Andrews University Library CATalogue.
By the time you read this (I wrote this last night in my time machine) the new design should have gone live. Check it out at this nice, user-friendly URL (which will be made nice and user-friendly next week): http://188.8.131.52/.
If it looks all retro-1995 then it didn’t switch over. If it’s all nice gradients, Amazon-esque tabs and looking a bit Web 2.0 then it all went well. Welcome to the brave new world.
I feel delighted that this project has come to fruition, all that work behind the scenes and now I have something to show for it. But I also feel a little sad that it’s over. I’ve enjoyed working on this project closely with members of the library staff, who have been stars … even if they didn’t go for my green design! 😉
Meanwhile at the University of Southampton, my new design for the Boldrewood Tunnel Society website should also be going live, if Fr Simon can successfully battle the problems with his hosting account.
The Boldrewood Tunnel Society is a student society for members of the University of Southampton who are protesting at the closure of a non-existent link tunnel between two parts of the University campus. Sounds confusing? It’s not really. I guess it is some kind of postmodern stab at existentialist irony. Or something.
Please employ similar criteria to SAULCAT for deciding whether the site has changed over: if it looks as though it might benefit from a couple of <marquee> tags and some blinking text then it’s still the original design; while if it looks a sexy arrangement of reds and greens with images of dolphins leaping through tunnels and Dave Gorman in a hoodie then Fr Simon has won this round of his battle with technology.
Back to the coding table …