NOTE: Users had the ability to turn the glitch effects on and off for the sake of site readability.
Pressed for Time
Being a student organization, the CRC had no money to spend on site assets. The icons, images, and fonts needed to come from open-source or royalty-free archives. I would have made the assets myself, but I didn't have long to put the site together — a week (and I was also attending classes and teaching).
The time restrains weren't that bad considering that the organizers wanted a minimal, flat design. I managed to get the site up and running in time for the CFP.
Social Media Integration
The organizers were happy with the final product — though they changed the wallpaper. Now that the conference is over, I can't imagine that the blog will be up much longer. A non-functional version is available through archive.org.