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Written By: High Monkey
Posted: 7/17/2013

After working closely with the Minnesota Department of Veteran Affairs (MDVA) over the past year to completely redesign their website, the new and improved MDVA website ( has successfully launched!

In 2012 MDVA asked us to help them build a new website. As a Veteran myself, I was especially excited to have the opprotunity to be a part of designing a new site for Minnesota Veterans. The goal of the project was to create a new website that is easy to use and helpful for Veterans and their families, and at the same time easy for MDVA to manage. With that in mind we went through our comprehensive design process, including extensive user research and testing (i.e. user interviews, card sorting, usability testing, etc.) and several design iterations. In the end we arrived at the design you can see today at    
Here’s what the MDVA Commissioner, Larry Shellito had to say about the new website.
"This website provides a vibrant, seamless view of our department and the resources available to Minnesota Veterans. This is just another example of how we’re committed to making Minnesota Government better for Veterans who served, as well as those who continue to serve. The end result of our new MDVA website was based largely on feedback from our stakeholders - the Veterans we serve - alongside extensive research and testing that has brought us to this unveiling."

We also implemented a new Content Management System (Tridion), which gives MDVA an easier, more flexible way to manage and update the content on the new website.  

Check out MDVA's Press Release about the laucnch - "New website launches for Minnesota Veterans"
High Monkey's Press Release - "Minnesota Department of Veteran Affairs Launches New Site with the Help of High Monkey Consulting"

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More About Virgil

Virgil Carroll is the owner and president of High Monkey – based in Minneapolis Minnesota. Virgil also wears the multiple ‘hats’ of Principle Human Solutions Architect and SharePoint Architect.

Virgil is one of those rare individuals who can dive deep into technical topics while speaking clearly to the business owners of a project and never forgetting that the end user experience has the highest priority. He calls it using both sides of his brain. Virgil is passionate about leveraging technologies ‘out of the box’ as much as possible with a focus on the strategic use of content to create websites that deliver the right content to the right audience on the right device at the right time. Virgil brings high energy, an ironic wit, and a sense of grounded perspective whenever he speaks to an audience. Virgil regularly speaks at conferences and user groups throughout the United States and occasionally in Europe.

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