Secrets from the Eating Lab Book Website

Working with Professor Traci Mann on her new website was a really fun experience. Traci is a Professor of Psychology at the University of Minnesota and has spent years and years doing fun research (with M&Ms and marshmallows!) on diets, weight loss, and the role food has in our lives. Her new book is a compilation of that research and as fun to read as her studies are to take part in.

While Traci knew she needed a good website for her new book (her publisher and marketer told her so!) she didn’t know where to begin or what to do. So I started by answering all of her questions and walking with her through my project brief. Then we walked through my steps to creating a new website and pretty soon we had her new site all ready to eat go!

The new book is all about debunking a lot of myths in the weight-loss world, so we decided to make the homepage a great intro to the questions you’ll find answered in the book. Hover states on all of the questions/answers provide an immediate level of interaction for the viewer while also telling them what the book is about.

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From there we played on the candy theme in the book cover and themed each page to use its own bright color. The site also features custom features so that Traci can easily add upcoming events, blog posts, and book reviews by herself. As Dr. Mann’s book explodes onto the wellness scene and her work garners more and more attention she has a website built to give readers an easy way to get ancillary information and buy the book!

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Traci Mann
Author, Professor of Psychology
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