Yale.

For innovation and creation.

Since its founding in 1701, Yale University has been dedicated to expanding and sharing knowledge, inspiring innovation, and preserving cultural and scientific information for future generations.

LCM is proud to enjoy a sustained relationship delivering value to Yale University.

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A modern site home to the treasures of the world.
Material & Visual Cultures of Religion
Processes
  • Agile/Scrum
Team Leadership
  • Senior Producer
    Sean Eddings

Aligning an aging website with modern organizational goals. The Center of the Material and Visual Cultures of Religion (MAVCOR) at Yale University sought the expertise of LCM to help bring their aging website in line with their strategic organizational goals. As an online archive of objects of religion, often accompanied by narratives or conversations, the academic source will behave like an online museum: delivering the user to the content in the most unobstructed way so they can focus on it.

Much like a museum would, it’ll recommend related content for further exploration.

How we did it

MAVCOR is a unique peer reviewed publication and community that gathers visual culture and hosts multidisciplinary collaborations of scholars from around the globe. This necessitates a virtual space that is the only one of its kind. Previously confined to the Yale departmental design template, MAVCOR came to us to design and develop a Drupal 7 site to enhance functionality of their user experience, robust asset management and spotlight their obvious visual culture.

LCM partnered with the MAVCOR team to develop new and enhanced functionality to their Fellow’s Portal, Asset Management, Material Objects Archive, and Search in a visually centric design honoring their unique and growing community.

The new MAVCOR is a literal and virtual center of publicly accessible collaborative scholarship.

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Sean Eddings
Senior Producer & Agile Coach
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An updated subscription system for multimedia learning resources.
Yale University Press
Processes
  • Continuous Delivery
Team Leadership
  • Senior Producer
    Sean Eddings
  • Senior Development
    Kelly McCabe

Yale University Press (YUP) sought to leverage organic groups in Drupal 7 to create a new site that would be easy to use and easy to maintain.

YUP, with the help of the University ITS Department, was able to manage the migration of the content and most of the functionality. They were looking for expert help with aspects of registration for two different types of users (students and instructors), authentication, and a permissions structure that would allow limited-time subscriptions to constrained sets of content. In addition, custom reports and administrative tools were needed to allow the site administrator to understand and have basic controls over user activities on the site.

How we did it

We worked with a very detailed set of specifications on this project. The team at YUP were very clear about the data structures and attributes that were needed. Drupal's organic groups were the perfect solution for the needs of this project. Some parts of the site needed to be accessible to accounts with codes from a specific book. Other parts of the site needed to available to students with access to any book.

We built two separate registration forms with different fields on each form. On the site, users self-select the form that they need to fill out. Successful registration requires a valid access code for student account, which are then automatically activated. Instructors are able to register without entering an access code, but those account need to be reviewed and activated by the site administrator. Automated emails are sent during and after registration, and notification are sent to users when their account is about to expire.

After registration, all of the information entered during registration is visible and editable by both the user and the administrator on the user’s account page. Some custom work was needed to make this page display the correct fields in a user-friendly format. We used the Yale authentication system as the basis of the site authentication functionality for the site. It was important, though, that the login screen had to not look like a Yale login screen since most of the site users would have no direct connection with the Yale community. 

Access codes needed to be generated within the system by the site administrator for the two existing volumes of the text. All codes needed to be associated with a specific volume of the text (Book 1 or Book 2), and to not be able to be transferred to a different account or otherwise be re-used. Since Books 3 and 4 were in production at the time of this project, the system needed to allow the administrators to generate the codes for content that did not yet exist so that those codes could be printed in the books. A user account needed to be able to have multiple access codes to different content with different expiration dates.

All codes needed to be associated with a specific volume of the text (Book 1 or Book 2), and to not be able to be transferred to a different account or otherwise be re-used. A user account needed to be able to have multiple access codes to different content with different expiration dates. Access codes needed to be generated within the system by the site administrator for the two existing volumes of the text. Since Books 3 and 4 were in production at the time of this project, the system needed to allow the administrators to generate the codes for content that did not yet exist so that those codes could be printed in the books. 

Current users would need to be migrated to the new site and matched with codes that would provide access to the correct volume and for the correct amount of time. Yale was able to perform the user migration on their own using documentation and training provided by LCM.

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Rob Bayliss
CTO

The team at YUP was able to generate the needed access codes for the new books in time to meet the publisher’s deadline for including them in the books, thus avoiding a much larger account migration if codes from the old system had been used. The new system frees up the site administrator from significant involvement in user account management, and will be fully supported by the University ITS Department for years to come.

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Massive nightly sync.
Yale University Press
Processes
  • Continuous Delivery
Team Leadership
  • Senior Producer
    Sean Eddings
  • Senior Development
    Rob Bayliss

Yale University Press has a massive collection of over 15,000 unique publications they’ve published over the past 100 years. The Press desired the ability to allow their users to browse, check inventory and purchase items directly from their Yale University Press Drupal site, which required relaunching their site on Drupal 7, integrating their collection management system and an e-commerce and fulfillment solution. After working with another vendor for over three years to get the critical nightly sync from their Microsoft SQL Server Management Studio database to Drupal sync running, Yale University Press was seeking a second opinion. 

How we did it

 Working with Yale ITS and the Press, we successfully implemented a nightly sync that queries their SQL Server for changes made in the last 24-hrs and updates the records in Drupal in under 15 minutes every night at midnight.

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Sean Eddings
Senior Producer & Agile Coach
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Modern site design, historic content.
Department of the History of Art
Processes
  • Agile/Scrum
Team Leadership
  • Senior Producer
    Sean Eddings

The Yale Department of the History of Art sought a design and technical implementation partner to assist with the redesign of their website. The department wanted a more updated online presence in keeping with their status as a center of academic arts excellence. 

How we did it

The team at Yale was great to work with because they were very engaged in the process. Last Call Media brought expertise in user experience, user interface, and design to the table.

We started with some proposed changes to the information architecture and user experience aspects of the site, and the feedback we received informed the work that followed. 

We offered three options of style tiles at the outset of the design process, and we were pretty excited when the Department chose the bold, modern look.

Historic
Style Tile #1: Historic
Museum Card
Style Tile #2: Museum Card
Modern
Style Tile #3: Modern

The implementation of the new design consisted of developing a custom template. The design effort was focused on the homepage and a few key landing pages. After applying the new styles to the existing content, a few minor tweaks were handled by the LCM development team to enhance the remaining pages.

Repsonsive

We created a modernized Art History website that was uncompromisingly “cool,” while maintaining a clean backdrop to showcase esteemed works of art, respected artists, and notable news and events out of a well-known Yale institution. 

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Streamlined, vibrant website for young professionals.
Yale Entrepreneurial Institute
Team Leadership
  • Senior Development
    Rob Bayliss

The Yale Entrepreneurial Institute sought a design and technical implementation partner to assist with the redesign of their website. As YEI grew in size and scope, it wanted to project an image more consistent with an entrepreneurial spirit, as opposed to its former, more academically focused website.

Strategy

The Yale Entrepreneurial Institute was at a crossroads when they reached out to Last Call Media for a rethink of their web presence. Having previously based their identity around their position as an organization inside Yale, they were looking to transition to an identity that embraced the wider culture of young professionals. Last Call delivered a site design that achieved this via an open layout and bold color and font choices. We also worked with YEI to strategize a smooth user experience despite a complicated site structure, and a system of landing pages that deliver custom content based on user type or interest.

Design

We delivered a round of style tiles to YEI depicting three potential aesthetic directions for the site. The first was conservative, being subtle in tone.

First Style Tile, mostly grey.

 

The second was the boldest, utilizing a bright purple overlay on the hero image.

Second style tile, purple with a color screen over the hero image.

 

The third was a medium between the first two, utilizing some comparatively moderate punchy colors against an open layout.

Third style tile, blue with full color hero image.

 

The aesthetic in the third style tile is what wound up being selected, which we then applied to a full round of designs as shown below on the Homepage design.

YEI Homepage design.

 

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Colin Panetta
Director of UX/UI

Last Call Media created an open and engaging user experience that communicated YEI’s vibrant personality while being an efficient tool for users to interact with and learn about YEI.

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