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The hottest trends and latest insights from around the world of higher education.

What Exactly is Website Accessibility (And Why Does it Matter)?

When designing a new building there are laws the architect and contractor must follow to make sure the building is accessible to all people. These accessibility standards can be as straightforward...

The Blind Men and the Elephant

In the closing moments of the 2019 Brand New Conference, Forest Young (global principal and head of design at Wolff Olins) referenced the parable of the blind men and the elephant while recounting...

What Higher Ed Marketers Can Learn from Peloton (and Aviation Gin)

Just before the holidays, I got an email from a client and close friend who is the VP of Marketing at a small, private college. He wrote:

“Just launched this big digital campaign for our one of...

Thought leadership
How to Reach Gen Z, Part 2: Messaging

This is part 2 of our 3 part series on Gen Z, where we share trends, key takeaways, and actionable insights from our research on Gen Z. 

Thought leadership
The Pressure to be Perfect

A few months ago, a client launched their new brand creative, including a new identity system. I spent the better part of two days on Reddit reviewing comments and memes from students on the...

Thought leadership
Best Practices of Higher Ed Web Design

So you're about to embark on your next .edu redesign. One of the crucial first steps is to know your audiences and to know them well (hint: it's not your administration, faculty, or board.) This...

Thought leadership, Digital, websites
AMA 2019: Let’s Try Something New

If you left the 2019 AMA Symposium for the Marketing of Higher Education after the first ten minutes, you might have gone straight home to close up shop at the university marketing and...

Thought leadership, AMA Higher Ed
An Interview with SimpsonScarborough's Creative Director, Cole Londeree
Cole Londeree is SimpsonScarborough's recently promoted Creative Director, overseeing an ever-growing creative team of six including graphic designers, copywriters, and videographers. She reports...
Announcements, Creative
An Uncommon Approach to an Uncommon Campaign
The Campaign for the Uncommon Good was taking shape long before we ever arrived on campus, but to see it cast into public view — and inch ever-closer to its goal of $275 million — makes it all...
Thought leadership, Client Work, Digital, Research, Video, Creative, Strategy
A Year in the Life of Launching a Brand

College Homecoming – that unmistakable combination of crisp fall air, changing leaves, and deep nostalgia for days gone by. But there's also something about being on a college campus that feels...

Client Work
Time to tidy up your [.edu]

Each time we are engaged in a higher education website redesign, we find ourselves in a conversation about the purpose of the [.edu]. It serves many different audiences with vastly different...

Thought leadership, Digital, websites
7 Steps To Optimizing Your Alumni Magazine Reader Engagement

A high-level college administrator once said to me that the institution’s most important publication was not the alumni magazine but the president’s annual report. From their point of view, the...

Thought leadership, Guest Post
We've got big news.

We are unabashedly proud to tell you that, this past summer, SimpsonScarborough acquired Knowble Media, a digital agency that specializes in website and video production for higher education.In...