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Education Minnesota Launches New and Improved Website

Written By: High Monkey
Posted: 5/7/2014

High Monkey is pleased to announce the launch of the new Education Minnesota website serving education professionals throughout Minnesota.  The new website is powered by the Kentico CMS platform and is a result of a collaboration of creative energies from the High Monkey and Education Minnesota web teams.

High Monkey began a dialog with Education Minnesota in July 2012. Our conversations focused primarily on the application of Usability Testing to address concerns about the overall effectiveness of the previous website.

To determine the best solutions for this project we asked the users. By conducting user research such as usability testing, card sorts and focus groups we knew the solutions would work. From redesigning the page layouts and navigation, to rethinking where secure content was displayed and how content would display on mobile devices; it was all driven by feedback from users.

Knowing the calendar was such a pain point for users we knew we had to get it right. It had to be intuitive, fast and easy for Education Minnesota to manage. The new calendar provides an intuitive interface with the ability to filter by dates and types of events. Furthermore, it provides all of these features and the ability to see “more details” about the event without ever loading a new page. This instantaneous feedback is sure to exceed performance expectations.

Access for mobile users was also an important consideration for the new website.  The four images below illustrate how easy it is to navigate the website with a handheld device.


  • A website with a clean and simple feel
  • Intuitive navigation controls
  • A website that is easy for Education Minnesota staff to manage and grow.
  • An events calendar with individual labels proving the opportunity to filter the calendar by types of events.
  • A more consistent look and feel to the Education Minnesota website.
  • A website with a modern look that provides high level functionality.
  • A clear concise understanding to the navigation and sub navigation of the site.

About High Monkey

We help organizations use existing and new technologies wisely.
We design, build, and implement websites that are unique, distinct, and creative.
We simplify complex information systems and make them easier to use.
We focus on mobile and responsive design for handheld devices.
We configure SharePoint and Content Management Systems that deliver what YOU need.
We deliver the knowledge you need to manage the solutions we create.

Learn More About Our Process

Plan It: Our team will work closely with your team to create a realistic plan and road map. From gathering requirements, to strategy and governance; we will help you prioritize your goals and create realistic tasks and timelines to successfully meet those goals.

Humanize It: People and User Experience are always the center of the technology solutions we provide our clients with. Our user-centered design approach includes several iterations of design concepts and usability testing to ensure your site is effective and easy to use.

Build It: We find creative ways to build solutions using the standard features and capabilities of the CMS or SharePoint software being used. We build solutions that you can support and evolve without a constant reliance on us.

Launch It: First and foremost, we conduct thorough QA testing to ensure your site is working properly at launch. We also conduct knowledge transfer sessions and provide thorough documentation to make sure your organization can confidently manage, maintain and grow your site.

High Monkey is a Kentico Gold Partner.  Learn more about Kentico and how High Monkey can help you implement Kentico CMS.
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To reach out to High Monkey for your next web development project, Please contact our Sales Consultant Erik Bredesen at (612) 594-7663


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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.

Posted: 5/7/2014 12:00:00 AM by Brian Haukos | with 0 comments