I had a wonderful experience working with Diana. She designed our school’s first online Annual Report from scratch, and I’ve received nothing but compliments since the site went live. The design is clean and streamlined (as we requested), easy to navigate and reflects our school’s aesthetic. Diana was friendly and flexible, bringing great ideas to the table while always respecting the client’s vision and goals. She was also very accessible and nailed deadlines. I would recommend her in a heartbeat.
Director of Communications,
Crossroads School For Arts & Sciences
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About The Project
Seven Blocks Design designed and developed a WordPress/SchoolPress website for a private school’s annual report. The school was moving their annual report to the web in an effort to be eco-friendly rather than printing and mailing a hard copy report. The site showcased school programs that contributions supported, messages from school representatives, financial breakdowns, and donor names in 12 categories (i.e., Annual Giving, Alumni, Grandparents, Parents by Grade, Foundations and Corporations, and more). The site utilizes Responsive web design to re-format for different devices (desktop, tablet, phone).
The design directive was to create a look influenced by the children’s book “It’s Not A Box” while maintaining the school’s brand guidelines.
The website is a private site that can only be seen by the school’s community through a private school communication management system (Whipple Hill/Blackbaud). This system utilized a website platform called SchoolPress, which is a controlled and limited version of WordPress.
Working with the SchoolPress platform meant working in a more restricted way than the open WordPress platform. Adding themes and plugins or modifying files were not options. A handful of themes and a CSS (Cascading Style Sheet) editor were the only available options for designing the site. Thus the site was created with more extensively hand-coded CSS styling than other sites that might use a combination of options offered in themes and plugins, with a smaller amount of custom CSS coding.
Crossroads School for Arts and Sciences
WordPress Website (Responsive)