Trilogi Software Solutions
Since fall of 2012 I've been a consultant for Trilogi Software Solutions working on various projects for Educational Testing Service (ETS), the world's largest testing and assessment organization.
Trilogi has been an incredible learning experience, allowing me to work collaboratively with very talented designers and developers. In this environment I've been able to continue my history of expanding—and improving—my design and coding skills. Starting from an intermediate level, I'm pleased to say that I've grown to contribute at the architectural and library level.
Among these achievements are:
- Major contributor to a custom hierarchical Backbone view library; abstracted away much of the boilerplate.
- Implemented a two-way binding library for Backbone, with support for ‘Auto-save’.
- Provided code for a library wrapper around various components of a comprehensive user-notification toolset; provides consistent, easy access to modal alerts and dialogs, transient messages, JS and CSS based working spinners, and more.
- Co-developer of hierarchical live style guide and pattern library; enabled team to produce new (and easily update old) products.
- Participated in the development of a modular, component-sharing, hierarchical, theme-based Angular application architecture.
Peña Pachamama Center
The Peña is a SF North Beach institution—A non-profit performing arts center and refuge of high-quality organic vegan raw foods.
My work here has ranged from websites to CD covers to posters.
Having worked with these delightful folks for over 10 years, I've seen their web-presence go from a single table-based image-sliced site, to a couple of mobile-first highly usable websites.
Some highlights of these are:
- A custom built CMS that allows them to administer their events calendar and food menu.
- Great mobile experience, permitting quick access to critical features like reservation booking and map/directions.
- A Raw Foods web store, built on Shopify.
Wild Planet Entertainment
Sadly not in business anymore, Wild Planet was a great experience for me. My official title was Webmaster (from August '09 thru October '11) which meant that I was involved in a number of areas, even extending into Product Design and Marketing.
My primary job was to ensure the day-to-day operation of all 15-20 of their customer-facing web properties. I also contributed to a number of internal efforts, creating sites and processes to help manage Customer Support and more.
Some of my favorite things here were:
- Creating an upload-based C compiler feature for a customizable robotic spy tank. (See? Doesn't that just sound awesome?)
- Developing a custom Product CMS backend for their flagship product line.
- Working with (and learning from) amazing visual designers to seamlessly extend product packaging design into useable websites.
- Working with Product Designers and Marketing to incorporate the web presence into products from square one.
- Greatly improving the product safety DB and UI to make it easier for consumers (and staff) to find relevant info.
An SF design company, I worked here from 2007-09.
Mostly I was responsible for implementing customized template-based sites for one of their largest clients.
Some points of interest:
- Created numerous Flash animations and banners (Flash! I know!)
- Produced logo designs for select clients.
- Conducted SEO research to implement search rank improvement efforts.
Basically, SHN is Broadway on the West Coast.
Officially a Graphic Designer & Marketing Assistant (2004-06), my participation here included work in Print, Web, Video, and Audio.
- Produced marketing email for dozens of shows and events.
- Participated in the re-branding of the company, and creation of a new website to match.
- Localized dozens of TV/Radio spots.
- Localized many show posters.
- Produced a number of banner ads in Flash and GIF form (Flash! GIFs!)
Experiments & Goofing
I like to play around with ideas in programming and design, a few examples of which are below.
Be warned, some of these things don't work well on mobile devices, and are generally half-baked…
Even Older Stuff
Prior to 2004 (and even after occasionally), my work included a number of smaller websites and print designs.
Sadly, most of these are lost to history. Fortunately, I’ve saved some copies.
Here’s a nod to a few of those ancient works: