ellohay! West Michigan

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Posted in portal, public face, website by forgr on January 11, 2009

We mocked up a version of the front page of the future ellohay.org website, I’ve posted it here, and to the live site as well. Some of the questions we asked ourselves, and aimed to answer as we sketched:

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Who is the site for?
What is ellohay! West Michigan?
Why should I care?
How do I get involved with the organization?
Does this person have all the information he needs to take the next step?
What does she need as a potential new client?
Where does she go as a new client?
How does a guardian, a teacher, a mentor use the site?
What will an established client need?
Will a potential donor have all the information he needs to take the next step?
Would I want to come back to the site?

What do you think? Did our first attempt come close? What’s missing?

The next step will be to create an updated version with your feedback, layout an internal page (like an “about” page, or a “program” page) to see how the navigation plays out, and if the page structure makes sense.

‘Hot Spots Cool City’ page solicits “Walled Garden” link suggestions

Posted in bookmarks, links for community, portal by forgr on April 3, 2008

Every once and a while I head over to the City of Grand Rapids ‘Hot Spots Cool City’ page to see if any new news has been posted. I just noticed that there’s a “Walled Garden” link suggestion field added to the page.

Hot Spots Cool City banner

I wonder what kind of plans they have over there… interesting.

Reference links for community, general audience (for portal)

Posted in clients, links for community, planning, portal by forgr on March 18, 2008

Local colleges
Tax forms
Tax help
Local event calendar
Local business directory
Local government, courthouse, Secretary of State, Police stations
Neighborhood associations
Local public and private schools
Parks and recreation
State and National Parks
School closings
Local TV station websites, WOOD TV8, WZZM 13, local cable networks etc.
Volunteer opportunities
Tutoring and mentoring resources
Flickr photos for the region
YouTube videos of the region
Public library and literary resources
Craigslist links, Grand Rapids specific
Homeowner resources
Home improvement resources
Community aid organizations
Childcare resources
Book clubs, interest meetups
After-school program resources
Job boards
Local healthcare resources
Local maps
Attractions, museums, parks, landmarks
Festivals, and city events
Local radio, public radio, local stations

What else does every community need to know? What should be common knowledge?