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For Immediate Release
August 21, 2014

County Unveils New Home Page, Navigation, Newsroom

Fresh look includes more convenient features and links

San Rafael, CA – After months of public and employee feedback, the Marin County Department of Information Services and Technology has pulled back the curtain on a new home page and newsroom designed to enhance user satisfaction. 

The County web team examined interview results from user interface testing and factored in website analytics that showed what visitors needed the most from the County website. Those results, combined with added compliance with federal accessibility laws that benefit those with visual or auditory challenge, drove the new web design and functionality.

The new look and feed includes a mobile-centric design using tiled areas that rest on a dimensional landscape. Some of the features of the new home page include: 

  • Global navigation with a flyout menu. This is designed to enable users with disabilities to use their keyboard to navigate through the menu items. A timing mechanism has been added to keep menus in focus and make them more user-friendly. 
  • “How Do I” tab. This feature answers the most frequently asked questions customers ask our departments or send to the webmaster email address.
  • Contacts tab. This places the staff contact directory in a primary location.
  • Image banner. Beautiful images of Marin County rotate randomly as the page is refreshed. When clicked, a photo brings the user to an image gallery page displaying a collection of landscape scenes.
  • News From Marin County. This gives more prominent location to a quick rundown of the most recent news releases from the Newsroom page.
  • Links to mobile-friendly features. It’s easier to find event calendars and mobile apps.

The News from Marin County area leads visitors to the revamped Newsroom, which includes links to more news releases, featured videos, social media pages, meeting webcasts and our e-subscription service.  It is the hub for communicating to the public, other agencies and the media.

Email feedback about the changes to the County web team at


Wesley Hill
Principal Systems Analyst
Information Services and Technology Department

1600 Los Gamos Drive
Suite 370
San Rafael, CA 94903
(415) 473-7439
Email: Wesley Hill
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