Case Studies

MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory

Indigo Digital was brought in by Stoltze Design to partner on building out a new web identity and corresponding Drupal site for MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab. CSAIL is the largest Interdepartmental lab at MIT with over 800 members including more than 90 Principal Investigators from 8 departments and approximately 500 students. The list of computer science rock stars in residence is impressive, to say the least -- including Sir Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web and current director of the W3 Consortium. An organization this large and important comes with a set of expectations to match and this was no easy project.

Special Features

  • The first Drupal certificate-based authentication module for MIT. This module was later used as the basis for other authentication schemes at MIT.
  • Incorporated CSAIL's Exhibit technology into the Principal Investigator and News listings
  • Developed an interactive listing of the awards won by CSAIL members, including an automated Featured Awards section that tallies specific awards.

Technologies Used

  • Drupal 6 (one of the first departmental Drupal 6 sites at MIT)
  • Exhibit
  • PHP / MySQL
  • Client-side certificate authentication
  • JSON
  • JQuery
  • W3C complian CSS & XHTML 

Through our partnership with Stoltze Design we were able to offer MIT a new and improved website that offers a better feel and communications tool and provides improved tools for management through new and updated branding design that fit the spirit of innovation and forward thinking that CSAIL represents. 

Project Brief 

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratories (CSAIL) existing website was not meeting their internal or external needs. The site had little brand identity, poor information architecture, and was not easy to maintain and update. The site needed to serve as a media-rich communication and marketing tool for MIT CSAIL showcasing the work and contributions of its members. This included an online tool to manage student and faculty profiles, events, projects, awards, and online resources was also required.

Associated Portfolio