Brookings (2007)

Site Redesign

The Brookings Institution
Lead Frontend Developer

With the Institution’s major redesign, it was important that it displayed the best practices in both design and development. I led the front-end development effort to create a CSS-powered layout. There was wide content various across the site and we settled on a component-based development strategy. With the layout and the components separated, we had a lot of flexibility to create very different layouts possibilities. Even though the layout was fixed width, it was designed so that the columns, and components inside them, could expand and shrink if the site width needed to change. Additionally, the components were built to be progressively enhanced. This resulted in interactive elements functioning well regardless of JavaScript presence or if different assets failed to load.

This site received several accolades including Honorable Mention in the Interactive category of I.D.’s 54th Annual Design Review.