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myUNM

Overview

[M]yUNM is the landing page for the over 30,000 The University of New Mexico (UNM) students, staff, faculty, and affiliates visiting the site daily. Getting over 24 million hits a year, myUNM is one of the most popular pages at the University. A huge issue, however, is the design of this portal has not changed since I was a student back in 2004. The site was becoming bloated, slow, and not flexible to change.

I was approached by the IT Applications team in 2015 to work with a very talented programmer to develop, "A site that [I] would want to use." Quite the challenge, as I've only used myUNM in the past to check my pay stub or view tax forms. Additionally, there was an idea to rope an app store into myUNM, which would later be named "LoboApps". The purpose of LoboApps is to make myUNM a true one-stop shop where departments could make and list apps that can be used on Windows, OS X, Android, iOS, and as myUNM widgets.

I designed a new logo for the site, which previously didn't really have one. I wanted to use the existing University typefaces while emphasizing that this version would focus on individuality — "my" being on top of UNM to emphasize that this was their piece of campus. I took influences from Material Design and Google Now to really push an "at a glance" concept that is device independent (the experience is largely the same on computer, phone, and tablet). Customization was important, and users are offered space for three customizable dashboards that allow them to add "widgets" (which can be native HTML code, external responsive webpages, or RSS feeds.

The site launched in March 2016 to largely positive reviews. [M]yUNM is faster, more secure, and the benefit of building it in-house saves the University $35,000/yr.

Timeline

July 2015 - March 2016.

Technologies Used

Languages: HTML, JavaScript, AngularJS, JSON, CSS, PHP, SQL; Software: Photoshop, Dreamweaver, cPanel, CAS SSO, GitHub, MySQL.