My name is William Hawke Bassignani, and I am a graphic and web designer living in Boston. Currently at BU Interactive Design.

Bostonia

BU Interactive Design

Project Summary

Bostonia is BU’s award-winning, print and online alumni magazine. We build everything responsively, including the feature stories, and publish three times a year.

Role

First and foremost, Bostonia is a team effort: it truly takes a village.

My primary purpose is to maintain and improve the site’s front-end and CMS. I designed and built the current homepage design and internal page templates. The online magazine constantly evolves, however, so stay tuned.

I also build feature stories and interactive content for Bostonia. BU ID’s web designers translate the print magazine to the web, and the developers (myself included) make them real.

Highlights

  1. The current homepage and theme design.
  2. Our three-part feature on China (Spring 2014), available in both English and Chinese.
  3. Some of the features that I had the privilege to build: Wine, High Notes, Rowing to Kabul, Warming, Damages, More on Moore, and Secret Lives. I also designed nine stories in the Campaign 2012 issue, including Boston Scholars.
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Faculty Experts

BU Interactive Design

Project Summary

Faculty Experts are BU professors who make themselves available to the media as specialists in certain fields. BU Public Relations oversees this program.

We expanded the original, barebones database of contact information into a searchable resource for journalists.

Role

Designed and built the site from scratch. Inherited (and updated) the visual styles from the current BU Public Relations site.

Highlights

  1. A typeahead search box on the homepage that filters professor names, fields, and specialties.
  2. The Fields and Topics pages that let visitors browse the many experts working at Boston University.
  3. The profiles pages, which pull “Newsmakers” content (BU Professors who are interviewed or featured in the media).
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