Website Redesign for Ethnomusicologist Dale Olsen

Back in 2006-08, I served as the graduate assistant for Dale A. Olsen, Professor Emeritus of Ethnomusicology at Florida State University. During that time, among many things, I worked to help Dale begin a large overhaul of his web course, helped with grading, research, and other activities, and I also designed him a website. Dale is very much a hands-on person, and I helped him begin to learn HTML and set him up with a basic framework for how to create content for display on the web. The result was an integrated site that featured a lot of samples of his major publications, along with audio samples, pictures, articles, and more.

You can see it is very old school in its layout. Even in ’07 when it first started to come together, it was–design-wise–a bit past its time. Still, it was functional, and served its purpose. Recently, Dale contacted me for help getting access to his server and commissioned me to do a major redesign. I decided to upgrade his host server and set him up with a WordPress site, which I think will suit his needs and allow him to continue to develop content as he likes to do. The new design is clean and simple, based on the twentythirteen theme.

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Dale has already begun to develop his own take on my initial design, but the site seems to suit him much better now. I’m glad he’s enjoying it!

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