Redefining a Higher Education Experience with Responsive Design

Our Responsibilities:

  • Experience Design
  • Graphic Design
  • Interactive Development
  • Responsive Design
  • Research
  • Content Strategy

Mobile adoption among high school teens has seen substantial gains over the last three years and a significant portion—52% by some accounts—of those high school students with smart phones and tablets are using those devices to research colleges. Recognizing that mobile devices may be the first touchpoint with prospective students and emboldened by a recent rebranding, Delaware Valley College (affectionately called “DelVal”) tapped Happy Cog to deliver a responsive website that would resonate with their audiences and tell the story of the college’s close-knit campus and tactile academic experience.

Going responsive wasn’t enough, to craft a compelling website meant making a memorable one. DelVal’s new look would be underserved by generic dot-edu tropes, so Happy Cog used the redesign as an opportunity to reevaluate the college’s approach to content strategy, creating surprising vehicles for cultural discovery such as a bold new calendar system and a curated social media wall to replace the banal “campus tour” slideshow popular among higher education institutions.

Happy Cog led us through a year-long process of collaboration between every audience on campus. Alumni, students, staff, faculty, and administration participated in some of the most energetic workshops we’ve ever seen. The outcome is a unique and compelling website that showcases stories about the work our students are doing in and out of the classroom, and all that DelVal has to offer.”
— Dr. Joseph S. Brosnan,
President of Delaware Valley College

Every interaction was considered a chance to reinforce the DelVal brand and tell the student story. As DelVal moves toward university status in 2014, those interactions and future-friendly responsive design will continue to complement their efforts to welcome enthusiastic newcomers into the family.

We’ve already built great things for:

  • A List Apart
  • ADP
  • Advertising Age
  • AIGA
  • AMC Theatres
  • American College of Physicians
  • Amnesty International USA
  • Ben & Jerry's
  • Black Hills Corporation
  • Black Hills Energy
  • Blogger
  • Books-A-Million
  • Brighter Planet
  • Bubakiki
  • Build-A-Bear Workshops
  • Campus Explorer
  • Canon Business Process Services
  • Carlisle Wide Plank Floors
  • Channel 4 (UK)
  • Cirrus Logic
  • Coldwell Banker
  • Comhaltas
  • Delaware Valley College
  • Einstein Healthcare Network
  • El Nuevo Día
  • Fetch Softworks
  • Garces Group
  • Georgetown Law School
  • Georgetown University
  • Groupon
  • Harvard Business School
  • Harvard Extension School
  • Harvard University
  • Hersha Hospitality
  • Hershey Entertainment and Resorts
  • Housing Works
  • Kaplan Test Prep
  • Kauai Hindu Monastery
  • Kongregate
  • Krylon
  • Lagunitas Brewing
  • Landmark University
  • Longwood Gardens
  • MICA
  • Moss Rehab
  • Mozilla
  • MTV OMA 2
  • MTV OMA 3
  • National Constitution Center
  • New York Institute of Technology
  • Nintendo of America
  • NRT, LLC
  • Papa John's
  • Rush
  • SmartyPig
  • (Sports Endeavors)
  • TEDxPhiladelphia
  • The Amanda Project
  • The Annie E. Casey Foundation
  • The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • The Center for Teaching Quality
  • The Institute for New Economic Thinking
  • The McGraw Hill Companies
  • The Posse Foundation
  • The University of San Francisco
  • Thomson Reuters
  • United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
  • (GPTMC)
  • W.W. Norton & Company
  • Warner Bros. Films
  • Weil, Gotshal & Manges
  • Wordpress
  • Yale School of Management
  • Zappos


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We love to provide:

  • Research
  • User experience design
  • Online business strategy
  • Information architecture
  • Content strategy
  • Graphic design
  • Template (code) development
  • Responsive design & development
  • Mobile development & testing
  • Application development
  • Content management system (CMS) development
  • Hosting

We routinely build great things for:

  • Banking & financial institutions
  • Broadcast & media
  • Universities & educators
  • E-commerce sites
  • Energy & utility companies
  • Film & entertainment
  • Fortune 500 companies
  • Gaming studios
  • Local and federal governments
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  • Professional service providers
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  • Tourism & travel