Religion and Nature: Establishing a Subfield Online

ReligionandNature.com
ReligionandNature.com- 2007 Build

The International Society for the Study of Religion Nature and Culture (ISSRNC) was approaching its second conference with its website having been left in a state of disarray by a previous volunteer, on top of an idiosyncratic CSS build by the original developer. Initially brought on board to update the site, I discovered inconsistencies in the navigation and user experience across the site.

Working with founder Bron Taylor, I assessed religionandnature.com, a site that not only housed the ISSRNC but also the Encyclopedia of Religion and Nature, and the Journal for the Study of Religion, Nature, and Culture. I redesigned the information architecture and user experience across channels, rewrote copy across the site, developed the content plan, supervised the developer/graphic designer working out of San Francisco, and QA’d the site prior to launch. Redesigned to scale over time, the 2007 redesign was the ISSRNC’s online presence until 2017.

I also supervised the recoding of the site in 2009 to correct for the original idiosyncratic CSS build, to ensure continued cross-browser compatibility, in time for the site to be used to support its third conference.

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