View my résumé (pdf) I create usable websites that people enjoy. What does that mean?

Portfolio of Selected Works by

KSU Christian Challenge

Medium
Website
Tools
Dreamweaver, Fireworks, WordPress
Product
XHTML+CSS+PHP+jQuery
Date
In progress
Description
This, at the moment, is my magnum opus. Christian Challenge at K-State has been one of the largest influences in my college life and I wanted to show them my gratitude by creating a brand new website to replace their rather dated one. Using WordPress, nearly everything within the site is editable, which required a fair amount of PHP and a lot of learning. Although making it easy to use for the staff was my number one priority, it’s also designed to be useful for the students. Features such as clear navigation, dynamic sidebars, an event calendar and dedicated sections for both resources and media will hopefully make this site a wonderful tool to help Challenge expand
the Kingdom.
Next Project Screenshot of KSU Challenge website

North–Central Kansas Economic Development

Medium
Website
Tools
Dreamweaver, Fireworks, WordPress
Product
XHTML+CSS for AMI
Date
In progress
Description
When this site is complete, it will serve as a community–focused resource containing everything from detailed reports to interactive data visualizations and mapping to publically authored blog entries. The real challenge for this project was figuring out how to enable the users to find all that information without creating a cluttered and unusable site. Then we give them ways to discuss what they’ve found to foster discussion, which is where the real heart of the project is found.
Note
Screenshot links to the development site
Next ProjectBack to top Screenshot of North-Central Kansas Economic Development website

Bag-Caddy

Medium
Website
Tools
Dreamweaver, Fireworks, Flash
Product
Design & initial framework for AMI
Date
May 2008
Description
What a fun project. I designed this site and then coded the XHTML & CSS framework to help sell a clever product. The clean feel of the overall design allowed me to include some fun touches like the mouseovers in the navigation menu and the footer photostack. It all came together to give the client a great site that tells the story behind his product well.
Next ProjectBack to top Screenshot of Bag-Caddy website

AirLock Security

Medium
Website
Tools
Dreamweaver, Fireworks
Product
XHTML+CSS+ASP for AMI
Date
February 2008
Description
This was my first website done for AMI. The client needed a website to educate people about AirLock and then show them how they could purchase a kit for themselves. The site uses a clear, direct and eye–pleasing design to display a large amount of information without being overwhelming for the user.
Next ProjectBack to top Screenshot of AirLock website

Senior Design Open House Poster

Medium
Print
Tools
InDesign, FireWorks
Product
Large poster (graphic design and copy writing)
Date
April 2008
Description
For our senior design course at Kansas State University, we were tasked with making a poster to illustrate our project and the progress we had made throughout the year. While most groups simply used PowerPoint to make their posters, I took the opportunity to learn InDesign and lay out our poster design on a more professional level. It was a challenge to guide the reader's eye through so much information in a visually appealing manner. My solution was to break the content into self-contained horizontal blocks and use a visual heirarchy to help guide the eye. Doing this also allowed people to either simply skim the poster as a whole or focus in on an individual section if they wanted more information. The extra effort was worth it: during the open house, more people stopped to read our poster than the others and our time spent manning our booth was much more rewarding as a result.
Next ProjectBack to top Senior Design open house poster for Auth-Florence Mfg

Good Music to Make You Feel Good

Medium
Print
Tools
Fireworks
Product
CD jacket (graphic design and copy writing)
Date
December 2006
Description
I made a mix CD for my friends as a Christmas/finals week gift and designed this CD cover for it. They loved it (the jacket and the music).
Note
The front of the jacket is on the right.
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I create usable websites that people enjoy. So just what does that mean?

It means I use standards-based markup and CSS. It means the websites I build are designed to be accessible by everyone. It means you should try increasing or decreasing your text size to see a live example. It means I do my absolute best with the allotted time, budget and resources. It means I pay attention to things like context, typography, grids, whitespace, grammar, contrast, color, layout, content and flow. It means my designs help your content be found by using simple, easily-understood navigation and page structures.

It means your content will shine in the absence of pretty doodads and worthless extra bells and whistles. It means I develop with clean code and semantic markup, to aid those that may come after me. It means I am continually learning the newest techniques and technologies. It means I design with progressive enhancement in mind so that anyone on any browser can use your site. It means I bring an open mind and a true passion for making the web a better experience for everyone to each and every project.

It means I try to make people smile.

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