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September 17, 2012

Wiley 2012

It's been a while since Wiley.com had a redesign... long before I started working there. I'm almost constantly redesigning sites or launching brand new ones at work, but this one was by far the largest one I've done. It wasn't the most technically difficult, but the amount of content and various page types made the project time consuming. This was so heavy on the frontend that 3 of our developers dropped their normal backend duties to help me out.

While I didn't design the site itself, one of the things I really wanted to do was remove Flash functionality and replace it the the lighter, more compatible jQuery. Here are the main points that used to be Flash:
  1. Homepage - The rotating slideshow at the top
  2. Subject Pages - Featured books under the heading
  3. Brands List - Entire page
The first 2 items actually have the same base code underneath, but are wrapped in 2 very different jQuery/CSS skins. The subject pages have various slide layouts also. There are 5 different templates I created... 1 book, 2 books, 3 books and 2 templates that can take custom images. The 3rd item was a page that was a flash animation of all of Wiley's brands. It was difficult to update and had no SEO value. So replacing it with a simple HTML page fixes both issues.

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