I'm always really curious to see what other schools come up with when designing their mobile solutions. I hope to share some of the more unique or interesting ones in a "Design Patterns" series. I've included three different takes in my first batch:
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
The MIT mobile site is the granddaddy of a few mobile sites out there (including West Virginia University's). Nice that it degrades gracefully across multiple devices so that pretty much anyone can get at the data. It has an iPhone homescreen-like look for iPhone devices. Some might say that's not that original but I've found that there are very few ways of packing in a whole lot of sections into a very small amount of real estate. If a design functions well then use it. iPhone version on the left and smartphone version on the right.
University of Notre Dame
The University of Notre Dame mobile site is based on the original v0.9 code from MIT. Obviously the main screen looks a bit different that what you see from other MIT-based sites. It was the first MIT-based site that I saw that I had worked in some nice original features like the open computer section and PrayerCast.
The University of Alabama
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