The class representative did not understand why the current design already looked like his proposal
Never let it be said that the WSU administration does not listen to its students.
After some childish comments on design and… functionality … from iconic MyWSU website, the administration sprang straight into action. By pooling parking ticket money and Starbucks profits into The Spark: Academic Innovation Hub, they announced a competition to redesign the site.
A number of big-name tech companies participated, including Apple and Amazon. Even Disney threw their hat in the ring first!
A part of WSU Clubs also stepped up, creating sleek and functional websites to replace the old MyWSU. But of all competitors, we at the Daily Evergreen are proud to announce the winner of the contest…
Mrs. Gortle’s kindergarten class at Palouse Elementary School!
All the companies and all the clubs that participated in the contest would have been furious with the school administration. Numerous interrogates why the administration wanted a design so close to the first.
“I was frankly surprised that they didn’t win the tender for the original design,” said Apple spokesperson Hon E. Crisp. “It already resembles their previous work so much that it seemed natural that they were selected.”
To facilitate the brainstorming session for the design, Gortle gave the kindergarten students a bowl full of M&Ms and a toy computer, telling them to go wild.
“Although it took a bit of prompting and direction for their little hands, they felt natural,” Gortle said. “They really gravitated toward the big buttons, even though clicking them got them nowhere.”
Although kindergartners couldn’t do much of the actual coding, they did their best, Gortle said. The effect for the WSU administrator, apparently, was jaw-dropping, as evidenced by the class’ clear victory.
In all honesty, when we showed the two websites together, we couldn’t tell the difference between the two. The only way I ended up being able to figure out the new from the old was the 53 unread notifications in My Comm Center.
“That’s the beauty of it all,” Gortle said. “People may think the design, weird spacing, and uninformative instructions are counter-intuitive. Well, it is because it is!
The design philosophy carried both old and new into 2022 for the federally funded university. The only thing missing is a tagline: “We’re nostalgic for the early 2000s, your websites should be too!”
For those who are already missing the old MyWSU design, fear not, many fan-favorite features will be returning.
Long loading times for literally everything you click on, whether it’s the home screen button or financial aid? The kindergarten class couldn’t help but leave out this essential feature.
Text that is somehow aggravatingly too small while also covering your entire screen? It wouldn’t be MyWSU without it!
A quick links section that is slower than manually entering the web address? I need to work on those keyboard skills!
“I was a little worried about the redesign,” said General Studies major Jonathan Doe. “But I’m glad they’re only removing the bad features. I don’t know what I would do without the fall 2020 survey notice that I still haven’t taken in the lower right corner of my screen.
The best part of the revamp is that tradition is carried on at WSU. The age-old ritual of signing up for classes that only happen that semester, just to crash the website, will be preserved forever. I mean, why fix what’s broken?
If I could suggest an improvement to the process, I’d like a laughing emoji to appear the moment you see the class you need to graduate is full and no other sections are available. That would really sum up the feeling of joy we all got to access MyWSU.
Even some parents are getting positive feedback on the redesign. We were able to get in touch with a parent through the MyWSU messaging system.
“I’m glad they’re finally changing this old site,” mum Helena Much said. “Every time I try to pay for my daughter’s tuition, the text only appears in the corner of the page with a bunch of white space in between. Wait, what do you want say by they haven’t cha…”
Unfortunately, Much had some issues sending the rest of her message, she said. She is currently on standby for technical support for the website, which is also run by Ms. Gortle’s kindergarten class.
We are pleased that Ms. Gortle’s Kindergarten can continue to work with WSU after its past successes with the GET Food app and Canvas.