Duke Web Services is Duke's in-house web group under the Office of Information Technology (OIT). We build custom, responsive sites that match clients' needs while fully integrating with the mission of Duke University – from branding to systems integration. We are an exciting team of developers, creatives, project managers, analytical thinkers, and content organizers who are passionate about emerging trends and best practices. Drawing from our technical expertise and extensive Drupal and WordPress experience, we craft smart, reliable code that translates into polished, dynamic web experiences – and we're always happy to share our knowledge with the greater Duke community.
Building sites which are always responsive, sustainable, and solid within the Drupal or WordPress frameworks – the heart of our services
Strategically planning a site that is well-vetted, innovative, and usable through streamlined navigational elements and user testing
Bringing communications goals to life through creative user experience design with close to 10 years of Duke branding sensibilities
Providing ongoing support, security updates, and routine maintenance for the functional elements of websites and applications after they are built
Serving the Duke community by supporting the Duke WordPress and Duke Wiki services
Keeping communication channels open while ensuring projects stay on-time and on-budget through efficient project management methods
The Creative and User Experience team (CrUX) delivers data-driven solutions that marry end user needs with your vision and business objectives.
The foundation of the CrUX team’s problem-solving process is applying end user insights to client requirements and business objectives. Understanding the state of mind, motivations, and context of your user-base are all key to creating successful, fulfilling, and frictionless experiences. This process allows the CrUX team to plan and produce apps, websites, or products that meet and deliver functional requirements while providing delight and value to your customers.
We provide strategy and expertise in key areas, including user experience, usability testing, information architecture, visual/user interface design, and content organization.
By vetting potential solutions with end-users before the development process begins, we help groups align internal priorities to solve problems with most impact.
Integrating data science into the curriculum with an elegant, extensible portal to online and offline learning opportunities
Office of Sustainability
Promoting a more sustainable Duke through clean design and a highly configurable Drupal setup
Showcasing Duke’s global reach and engagement with an interactive map and contemporary design
Providing clear, user-friendly venue booking and event planning capabilities within a premier Duke-branded design
Recreation & Physical Education
Redefining the recreation experience through dynamic, research-driven features and a bold new attitude
Modernizing the experience and look of Duke’s enterprise event calendar through strategic planning, design, and UI updates
Increasing clarity of programs through an IA and UX overhaul with a fun design that reflects pride in a TIP education
Office of Information Technology
Improving the IT experience through predictive search, well-organized content, and customer service-focused design
Center for International & Global Studies
Uniting diverse International and Global Studies’ units and activities under one cohesive overview website
Connecting the Duke community to critical software products through an intuitive search and shopping cart experience
Faith & Leadership
Encouraging readers to delve deeper into educational resources through taxonomy and engaging content
As senior manager of Duke Web Services, Ryn Nasser leads the team on producing websites and applications, oversees new business, acts as service manager for Sites@Duke, and is the web strategy liaison between DWS and the rest of Duke.
Ryn has been at Duke since 2004, and held several positions in DWS. Her extensive technical background, institutional knowledge, and client relations skills serve a pivotal role in all projects.
She is always happy to talk about the pros and cons of Drupal and WordPress, as well as vegetable gardening and vegetarian cooking.
Barbara Puccio is manager of creative and user experience (CrUX) at Duke Web Services, with a passion for web design, UI, and UX. With an extensive design background and high-level skills in creativity and leadership, she manages the creative staff on the team, as well as the overall design and creative process for DWS. Barbara strives to craft engaging and delightful experiences which meet both business goals and user needs. She also assists with development of Duke University brand guidelines and assets deployed to the greater university community.
She loves the challenges and opportunities for growth in this evolving industry – as well as dark chocolate and honeybees.
Iain's broad goal for every project is to meet user and business needs without eliminating future flexibility or generating unmanageable long-term maintenance overhead.
Aside from project work, he has a strong interest in developing efficient internal processes and improving shared understandings of business needs across the team. Iain also assists the IT Security Office by promoting secure practices, contributing to development of web security recommendations, and creating distributable tools to improve the security of Duke's content management systems.
Outside the office, Iain enjoys time with his wife, Holly, and their two rescued greyhounds and variable number of foster guinea pigs. He also enjoys dropping in to play guitar at the Blue Note Grill's Tuesday night blues jams.
Jillian Warren, senior project and client relations manager, brings order and direction to projects of all shapes and sizes – specializing in strategic priority projects, client relationship management, and daily internal operations and resourcing.
With her background in communications, Jillian has also worked as an agency project manager, government communications officer, and television news promotions producer. Her strengths as a creative problem solver, storyteller, and technical planner serve her clients and teams well, and she enjoys helping the Duke community advance its goals through websites and applications.
Jillian enjoys spending time with her two daughters and dog, and is always happy to discuss the sports teams and pizza of her hometown, Chicago.
In her role as Web Designer, she creates experiences for the Duke community that are usable and delightful. She is passionate about user experience and staying informed of the ever-changing trends, tools, and methods in the design community.
Outside of the office Jen enjoys reading, watching tv shows, and exploring the local food and beer scene.
David is a developer for Duke Web Services with a passion for building beautiful, responsive, and user-friendly websites. While primarily a front-end Drupal developer, he enjoys learning back-end development languages and techniques.
David is a North Carolina native and has lived in the Triangle area for over two decades. Outside work, he enjoys cycling (road and mountain), traveling, go-karting, and exploring local restaurants and breweries.
In her role as information architect + UX designer, Bendte loves partnering with clients and the DWS team to create easy-to-use websites that meet business goals and user needs.
She is a creative problem solver who incorporates user-centered design practices into user research and recommendations for site structure and functionality. With her background in publishing and information science, Bendte has a keen eye for detail while also being able to see the big picture of what clients are wanting to achieve.
Passionate about user experience and web technologies, she currently volunteers with the Triangle User Experience Professionals Association and helps organize their annual conference, UX Y'all. In her time away from the office, she enjoys traveling with her husband, gluten-free cooking, visiting tea houses, and learning about synthesizers.
David Mason is a project coordinator for Duke Web Services. He joined the DWS team in October 2017, after spending four years as an OIT Service Desk analyst.
His service desk experience honed his customer service and task management skills, while encouraging participation in many IT projects. David's interest in project management grew while working on an internal research assignment on the adoption of Box cloud storage services. He is excited to build new relationships, contribute to team efforts, and deliver innovative products to improve the Duke community.
Outside of work, David enjoys volunteering in community outreach organizations. He also enjoys composing music and has music available online with musical group Graft3d.
Logan is a project manager with an eye for detail and a passion for building relationships with his clients. Prior to joining Duke full-time, Logan made his bones at a digital agency, where he worked closely with the Duke School of Medicine.
Outside of work, Logan is an avid reader and writer, and is currently in the midst of writing his first novel. He enjoys traveling to his alma mater of Penn State for football games, building on his lifelong obsession with Batman, and exploring the Triangle's many restaurants and breweries.
Alina, a web developer, has extensive experience with front- and back-end development of custom Drupal and Wordpress sites. With more than 16 years in higher education web, she specializes in accessibility compliance, code standards, and UX best practices. Alina worked at the University of Iowa prior to joining the DWS team.
When not writing code, Alina is busy keeping up with two children and a poodle puppy, and she enjoys swing dancing, gardening, camping, and cooking.