Advancing the effective use of light for society and the environment.

Vol. 2, No. 2

Thursday, April 17, 2003

Lighting information is getting easier to find and use

The LRC is showing a new face to the world these days. Its newly redesigned Web site went live on March 5. The project roared off to a rapid start with LRC Web designer Julie Bailey leading a team of four writers, designers, and programmers to create the initial face of the site. "Julie's team accomplished great things on a very limited timetable," says LRC Associate Director Russ Leslie. Even so, the work isn't complete yet. The project will be an ongoing one, with new material being added weekly.

The new site is more accessible to a wider range of users. Its structure reflects the tasks users will perform there, and it's built with the LRC's broad audience of lighting scientists and students, lighting professionals, and lighting consumers in mind. Bailey says, "Our goal was to consolidate the more than 2,000 pages of information that existed on the old site and to make the information more usable."

The new design makes intelligent, minimalist use of graphics and photos to enhance a page layout or to communicate a concept. "We're disseminating information, not selling video games," says Bailey. "The design of our site should reflect its purpose." In addition to the visual redesign, the text has been rewritten with a Web audience in mind. Pages are shorter and more readable on the screen.

Bailey says, "We're creating a consistent navigational theme. We've categorized topics for the user and put all of the information into a single, coherent structure. The continuity of the navigation is meant to allow users to become familiar with our site's content in a subtle way. When they return to the site they will find what they're looking for more easily each time. If nothing, else, I want any Web site to have clear and consistent navigation."

The new site includes an updated faculty and staff directory, the popular NLPIP and solid-state lighting sites, and easier access to the LRC's graduate and outreach education programs. Soon to come will be new material on the LRC's daylight dividends, light and health, and transportation lighting programs. Access to security lighting resources on the Web and a site search function will also be added in the weeks and months to come. All our Partners and other interested people are invited to drop by the new site and take a look at us now!

About the LRC

The Lighting Research Center (LRC) is part of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and is the leading university-based research center devoted to lighting. Founded in 1988, the Lighting Research Center has built an international reputation as a trusted and reliable source for objective information about lighting technologies, applications, and products. Its mission is to advance the effective use of light and create a positive legacy of change for society and the environment

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