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Welcome to the new JHU.edu
Thanks for visiting our new site. We invite you to take a look around and let us know how you like it. Below is a link to a quick survey—it’ll take about three minutes—where you can let us know what you think. Below that are some FAQs.
Thanks again. We look forward to hearing from you.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why did you decide to redesign JHU.edu?
The flagship website for Johns Hopkins University has a big job to do. It tells the university’s story, serves as concierge for millions of annual visitors, and conveys the level of excellence visitors expect from Johns Hopkins.
The current version of the website, which debuted in 2009, is out-of-date and doesn’t effectively showcase the campuses, people, and activities at JHU. Our goal with this redesign is to create a new virtual front door to the university that gives visitors who don’t know Johns Hopkins (e.g., prospective students) a better sense of who we are while also making it easy for people to quickly and easily find the information they’re looking for.
The fresh and more dynamic site does a better job of telling the university’s story. Features include a simplified menu, an enhanced search function, and a new searchable and sortable database of JHU’s more than 200 academic programs. And since more and more people are using their mobile devices to view our site, we’ve made sure the design looks great on tablets and mobile devices.
This redesign is limited to JHU.edu, which is just a small part of the vast (and decentralized) Johns Hopkins digital landscape. It does not affect the websites for our schools or divisions, Athletics, the Alumni Association, or any such sites for which others around the university are responsible.
What did the process look like?
We completely reimagined our content, its organization, and the presentation. First, we spent a lot of time asking ourselves (and others) some key questions: How do people use JHU.edu? Which groups of people use JHU.edu the most? What are they looking for when they get there? Is the site meeting their needs?
We collected and evaluated feedback from a variety of sources: interviews with staff, faculty, students, parents of students, alumni, and others; surveys sent to an engaged group of more than 1,200 people who signed up for JHU.edu redesign updates; and data we collected about how people use the current site.
The results told us a great deal about how individuals in our community think about JHU.edu and what they would like to see from this website in the future.
On the basis of this information, we reorganized the site’s navigation and tested its effectiveness. We conducted user testing (and plan to do more in the future) to fine-tune site features and functions. We will continue to collect feedback and evaluate site performance so we can make changes that improve the experience of our users.
How do I get my website to look like the new JHU.edu?
The new JHU.edu is one of the most prominent embodiments of the new visual brand guidelines, which aim to give a more unified look and feel to Johns Hopkins communications assets, including websites, print collateral, and apparel.
The brand initiative was never intended to make all websites and other assets look the same. They should, however, follow brand guidelines and feel as if they are in the same family as the new JHU.edu.
If you are interested in redesigning your website to implement the new brand guidelines, please contact your communications director. If you are not familiar with your point of contact, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with your questions, and we will point you in the right direction.
Have you spotted a bug or another issue with the website? Is something not working as expected? Please let us know.