ArchiveGrid collection record v4

A fresh look for ArchiveGrid means there are more places to call home

We recently updated the ArchiveGrid interface, applying the popular Bootstrap framework to make the system more responsive on smartphones, tablets, and other mobile devices, and to take advantage of Bootstrap’s built-in features for handling common layout and design problems.

While the basic features of ArchiveGrid did not change in this update, this is more than a fresh coat of paint.  We’ve long recognized that, for many visitors to ArchiveGrid, their first experience of the system is on a page other than the system’s official “home page.”  About 76% of visitors arrive in ArchiveGrid, typically from a link in a Google, Bing, or Yahoo search result, on a page describing a single collection.

In the previous ArchiveGrid design, this page was fairly static.  Other than a search box to continue searching and a link to contact information for the archive, there wasn’t really much you could do from here:


In the redesign, we’ve made more access points available, added a map to help with finding your way to the archive, and changed the layout to move more information “above the fold”:

We’ll be watching ArchiveGrid analytics closely to see how these changes affect the use and utility of the system.  If we’re making incremental progress, we could see a reduction in the “bounce rate” (visitors who arrive and leave without doing anything else).