October 7-10, 2012, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Session Details

Ditch Your Sidebar: Rethinking Content Hierarchy

#PST5 Poster Sessions Track

First floor foyer, Frontier Airlines Center


Facebook timeline, Pinterest boards, and Tumblr themes! Oh my! As our content and design become more responsive, how much sense does the typical "content, sidebar" layout make? 

Appropriating from Facebook's new Timeline design, Sierra Nevada College ditches the traditional sidebar on a number of key pages in favor of a responsive, split column layout using jQuery Masonry, Bootstrap from Twitter, and Wordpress Custom Post Types. As these flattened content hierarchies become increasingly popular and redefine how we and our users look at content, find out how you can leverage existing technologies to implement effective design strategies to rejuvenate those static pages on your site. The process will demand that you reconsider each piece of content and how it is delivered.

This presentation should allow entry points at multiple technical levels, from concept and strategy through the down-and-dirty coding techniques used to make it all work.


Logan Lape
Web and Social Media Manager, Sierra Nevada College

Joining the marketing team at Sierra Nevada College after graduating in 2011 with a BFA in Digital Arts and New Genres, Lape is the first dedicated web employee at the institution. Despite being new to the game and only half-time (the other half-time he acts as Gallery Coordinator with the Art Department) he has since then migrated the college's CMS to Wordpress, launched a responsive redesign, and dove headfirst into content management. An #armyofone, Renaissance Man of sorts, and a wearer of many hats, when not behind the screen, he is a practicing visual artist with his sights set on grad school.