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Marshall Art Studio - Web Design + Development | Ezra Jack Keats

Web Design + Development | Ezra Jack Keats

Client Spotlight: Ezra Jack Keats

Ezra Jack Keats has written and drawn over twenty children's books, and won the 1963 Caldecott Medal for The Snowy Day. He created a world that enchanted generations of children and adults. Known for his engaging plots, Keats wove members of his eclectic cast of characters into a large selection of his books. Visit Prototype Website

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Rebuilt and modernized the online presence for an internationally-famous children's book author. The previous edition used TABLEs for page layout. Visually, it was primitive by current standards, especially when compared to similar sites. The markup was also heavily dependent on deprecated tags. Overall, the process of modifying content and visual elements was time-consuming and error-prone. Therefore, the shell had to be built from the scratch.

Objectives & Considerations

Global Objectives

  • Modernize the visual design without obscuring the content.
  • Create a system that allows modification of global visual elements without touching individual pages.
  • Comply to Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) standards for the visually- or motor-impaired, as well as users of PDAs, text browsers or web-enabled telephone


Technical Improvements

  • Modernized coding and usability by writing in XHTML
  • Positioned content in DIV tags, creating a more flexibile content structure.
  • Centralized visual elements (fonts, colors, images, page layout, image rollovers) in CSS
  • Tagged content in ID and CLASS selectors

Layout Improvements

  • Rendered the main navigation as a horizontal bar, creating easy reading and efficient use of space
  • Reorganized data tables, now easier to read and modify
  • Color choices based on screen legibility, clarity


On hold. Porting book information into XML.

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The University of Southern Mississippi

A virtual repository for the Ezra Jack Keats Archive. Holdings include manuscripts, typescripts, sketches, dummies, illustrations, and proofs for 37 books written and/or illustrated by Ezra Jack Keats.

School Library Journal

We serve librarians who work with young people in schools and public libraries. SLJ gives helps integrate libraries into the school curriculum, become leaders in the areas of technology and create high-quality collections for children and young adults.

Caldecott Medal Home

The Caldecott Medal was named in honor of nineteenth-century English illustrator Randolph Caldecott. It is awarded annually by the American Library Association, to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children.

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