Change can be hard. We’re excited to have launched Smith’s newly redesigned website with enhanced accessibility, easier navigation, and a refreshed design to match the spirit of Smith—with a sense of community front and center—but recognize that it may take some getting used to.
Refer to this page for information on the new navigation, exactly which accessibility features are being improved, the ways in which the core website content has been rearranged—and where it hasn’t—and exciting new design features.
This is just a small sample of the flexibility, creativity, and usability that our new website has to offer. Almost each component is customizable, allowing us to showcase information in a number of ways. Get the scoop on the new organization, navigation, accessibility, and design.
We hope you love the new site as much as we do.
With a keen eye toward user experience, the new Smith.edu utilizes a new way of organizing information. The new primary navigation items—Discover Smith, Academics, Admission & Aid, Your Campus, and News & Events—together serve a distinct purpose in directing you to the information you’re after. Some will seem familiar, and other items are brand new. Learn about what you can expect to find in each place.
The design of the navigation will depend on where you are in the site. With ease of use in mind, we hope the newly redesigned navigation improves user experience sitewide.
Your top-level—or primary navigation—functions as a simple drop-down menu. Once you’ve landed on a page, it will indicate where you are with a green semicircle.
Your secondary navigation—which you can expect to find as you navigate to subpages—differs the most from Smith’s current site. What was once a vertical menu on the right-hand side of a page will now appear horizontally underneath the page’s header or banner image. Drop-down menus continue to function here, to get you into sub-subpages. If a page has enough menu items, you’ll see “MORE” appear on the very right-hand side of the navigation. Use this to scroll to see more items.
The new smith.edu takes our accessibility features to the next level.
With standardized components—each type of content you’ll see on the site will be templated—screen-readers and other accessibility tools will be able to interpret and translate website content without issue.
Text blocks on the new website adhere to accessibility best practices by limiting how much of a page they span. With narrower columns of text, you can read dense information with ease.
Tested Color Combinations
Each possible color combination on the new website has been built with accessibility in mind—they all pass contrast tests, ensuring users with visual impairments such as various degrees of colorblindness can interact with our content.
The new Smith.edu features a sleek, clean design with occasional bold pops of color. New elements allow us to display information in exciting ways and get to the heart of the content. Check out some highlights.
Featuring slight animation upon mouseover, our new infographics display statistics and other information in eye-catching ways.
primary pages migrated
Calling Things Out
True to their name, callouts function to get information across to you in a simple and sleek yet effective way. With customizable text, you can use
- bulleted lists
- numbered lists
and more in callouts.