The Society for the Advancement of Scandinavian Study (SASS), founded in 1911, encourages research and instruction about Nordic countries, in North America and around the world. In addition to encouraging scholarly pursuits, the Society also wants to foster closer relations between people interested in Nordic culture and history.
With these goals in mind, Reify created a site for SASS that is equal parts repository, scholarly home, and meeting place.
The SASS website features the colors of the Nordic flags, giving it a bright, playful feel. The primary colors pop against the white background, highlighting the navigational elements and the Society’s new logo, also created by Reify. Their homepage displays a clickable slider, colorful imagery included, making it easy for site visitors to interact immediately with content. Powered by WordPress, SASS officers can easily manage content, offering visitors the latest information and opportunities. The blog allows managers to share information in a quick, news format.
The site includes a special password-protected, members-only section for their member directory and custom-built form which allows SASS members to submit syllabi to SASS administrators. Administrators are able to review all submissions, and possibly approve and publish it to the syllabus repository within their secure environment where teachers of Scandinavian Studies can share class documents and benefit from one another’s ideas.
The re-designed, mobile-friendly SASS website engages visitors with the Nordic countries’ culture, beauty, and scholarship, presenting opportunities to learn more. But just as important, the site engages users with one another.