Reporter 422, 8 June 1998

Web search is on for winning design

The University's gateway to cyberspace is to be given a major overhaul, and a prize of £500 is on offer for a winning design.

A competition has been launched to choose a new design for the University's corporate World Wide Web pages. With the rapid growth of Internet access, an attractive and informative Web site is becoming an increasingly important method of promotion and communication. Now the University wants to revamp its existing pages to make them more user-friendly.

As the University's Web pages are accessed by people all over the world for many different reasons, it is likely that simple and uncluttered designs will prove more effective than fussy detailed ones.

The successful entry will provide a home page to identify readers' needs and take them to appropriate points of information via a series of 'sub home pages'. Pages should present an attractive impression of the University and its work, without imposing constraints on download times.

The successful design must also allow flexibility in development of underlying pages.

Open to all staff and students, including those who graduate this summer, the Web Pages Design Competition has a closing date of Friday 31 July. All material submitted will become the property of the University, which reserves the right to withhold the prize if no suitable designs are received.

Details on how to enter and a copy of the competition rules are at:

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