The Venture Project has been officially underway for a little while now and one of the first items to be addressed is designing the Creative Control Engine (CCE), Venture’s extraordinary website publishing system and content management component. In short, CCE is how users will be able to manage and control a large, dynamic collection of web based material as well as providing direct control over all elements related to building and revising an institutional website. The initial step in that process is solidifying the design architecture by developing a series of wireframes, or visual guides…
The overriding goal in this phase is to ensure that the CCE provides users with incredible flexibility and control via a rewarding and easy-to-use environment. At its heart, CCE is being designed to reward creativity and that process begins by having users determine if they want to produce a website using a horizontal or vertical navigation structure. From here, a vast array of structural modifications can be enabled with nothing more than simple mouse clicks thereby ensuring that each site projects a unique branded presence (no cookie-cutters here). I’ve been especially pleased at how responsive the developer, Blueprint Design Studios, have been to these issues.
To-date, here are the latest versions of the horizontal and vertical navigation wireframes along with production notes:
As you can see from the sketches below, each navigation option allows users the freedom to determine which modules are best suited to their needs, where they appear, and if all content appears within a typical page fold or expands as far down as they wish. When you include the enormous collection of additional plugins and widgets alongside regularly changing user generated content updated directly and on-the-fly by each institution, you can start to see just how powerful this platform packs.
Once this stage is complete and we determine which modules will be used and how they interconnect with one another, work will begin on designing the user interface.