The Bowling Green State University ACM SIGGRAPH student chapter website was redesigned in order to present a more collaborative, engaging environment for members to stay current with the organization's activities and community. The site needed to provide easy access to useful, desirable tools to engage members and promote a sustainable environment for continued learning and self-improvement.In addition, improvements were needed to create functionality to facilitate dynamic interaction between chapter members and active alumni.
The website was designed on the Drupal content management system with a custom front-end. A context-based navigation was implemented to present members with the information they need when and where wanted. This design provides easy access to all aspects of the organization's activities. An integrated user system was created, allowing members to participate in an active forum environment, as well as comment on individual news articles, facilitating rapid engagement in the organization's activities. The news system is also made accessible through a RSS feed, and, in addition, news articles are posted concurrently to Facebook upon publishing to the site.
The site redesign and additional capabilities have catalyzed member to member collaboration and prompted a genuine involvement in the organization's initiative to encourage education outside the classroom. Following the design's implementation in early 2011, the site saw a 40% increase in activity over the previous 4 month period, and addition rose to the #1 result on Google Search for the chapter's nickname: "Computer Art Club".