I have extensive experience in all areas of web design. I spent ten years doing back-end server coding, database design, and user-facing work (UI, layout, javacsript, etc) for Boxbe, Inc., and previously the dot-com startup Leverage, Inc. (acquired). I have worked as a consultant, hired coding gun, and in other capacities. I offer the full range of web site design: layout and user interface, content-management, web commerce, etc. I can provide all audio-related services, video content delivery services, and some limited video-creation services. Please contact me for references, or if you have any questions.
- Some experience: Apache admin, Tomcat admin, Mozilla extensions, git
Please get in touch if you'd like to know more.
Note: most of work is behind-the-scenes, thus the short portfolio.
Boxbe, an anti-spam email management service, has a fully-"Web 2.0"-style website, complete with glossy buttons and fade effects. On a more serious note, they handle hundreds of thousands of users' precious email on a daily basis (upwards of 10 billion emails processed so far).
Most of my work at Boxbe was back-end: part of a small team coding the core server processes that handle the email processing. I also worked on general system design, improving database efficiency, server maintenance, and so forth.
Dreaming Otter Arts is the website of none other than my mother, Beverly Connor. It's a good example of a basic, get-the-job-done-but-make-it-pretty website: it's based on Joomla, a content management system that allows the client (my mother, in this case, who is not the most tech-savvy person you've met, to say the least) to modify their website themselves without needing a web designer around.
This site features several graceful slideshows showcasing her work, simple integration with PayPal for itemized purchases from her site, a blog, a contact page, RSS syndication integration, social media links, and even an associated custom video: a time lapse animation of her knitting a doll, including custom music (mom's get a good deal on web sites).
This is a website I created for my own musical endeavors. It was custom-built to be fully cross-browser compatible (including IE6), unique in appearance, fixed-layout, dynamic in content (see the discography page or the shows page), and rich with media without feeling obtrusive of clunky.
This site is a bit unusual in some ways... it loads the entire content of site on the first pageload which allows it to switch between "pages" without any network delay. Much of the content is loaded dynamically (e.g. album, lyric, and show date information) when the user demands. All of the imagery, layout, and sound is custom-made. A "home-made" aesthetic was achieved with hand-drawn menu options, natural imagery, and simple layout.
A lot of effort went in to making sure the site looked and functioned exactly the same on all common browsers, including the dreaded IE6, and that the user experience would be smooth and uncluttered. For example, see the email signup page: custom javacsript adds a simple touch that makes the form easier to use. The discography page dynamically loads the various albums (from standardized XML description files), allows all tracks to be played or downloaded (at user-selectable quality levels), and has a few other bells and whistles waiting to be discovered.
I am available for consultation work. Please see the web design page for general information about what I have to offer.
Some of the designers/companies/sites for whom I have consulted, with a brief synopsis of the work done:
- Pamela Nilzon - video codec issues, flash players, HTML5
- Ritama Design - audio players, related audio work
- Uprising Seeds - upgrading and fixing their CubeCart site, installing various modules, general problem-solving, business IT needs
- Clinkston Architects - general web development project tech issues
- The Cody Rivers Show - general website assistance
- iDiOM Theater - general website assistance
- Infinity Live Productions - general website assistance
- Heart and Soul Yoga - general website assistance
- Caryn Friedlander - general website debugging/assistance