Selected recent work

Here’s a selection of some stuff I’ve done recently that I’m particularly proud of. My job requires me to be a jack of all trades, so I get to dabble in quite a few different areas.

In addition to my 9-to-5 work, I do plenty of stuff on the side. From the occasional freelance gig to small CSS experiments to running full-fledged websites, I like to keep busy. Here’s a sample.

Kennedy Park Disc Golf

2011

I’m an avid disc golfer, and in 2007, some friends of mine and I got the bright idea to build a course in our hometown. We solicited donations from local businesses and individuals, and within a year, we had raised enough to start construction on a nine-hole course in a local park.

Like the course, I’m always actively improving the website. We recently launched a new version of the site which includes a forum, which we hope will soon become an active community for disc golfers in Pennsylvania.

I worked on all aspects of the site, from creating a WordPress theme, including custom post types and taxonomies, to planning content patterns that would allow other users to easily update the site.

Literal blood and sweat went into building the course itself. The website wasn't quite so hard.
Literal blood and sweat went into building the course itself. The website wasn't quite so hard.

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Fern Hall Blues Bash

2011

Well, the event ended up getting cancelled, but the website lives on—for now at least. This was a fun project with a quick turnaround time. Since the site was so small in scope, I didn’t bother with any complicated CMS stuff, just a custom bare-bones PHP-based template.

A lot of my day job work gets repetitive, so I jumped at the chance to implement things like a responsive design and CSS animations. Check the site out in a Webkit-based browser to get the full effect.

The mobile version also takes a content-first approach, thanks to a little bit of jQuery trickery. If you load it on a mobile device, you’ll find the navigation at the below the content.

Pork and blues, what more could one want? Some nice CSS animation? Sure, that.
Pork and blues, what more could one want? Some nice CSS animation? Sure, that.

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The Yule Blog

2010

This one is my one true baby.

I’ve got a degree in journalism and I really enjoy writing but my work doesn’t require a lot of writing. To stay sharp, I’ve got to find my own reasons to write.

In December 2009 I started the Christmas Trivia Twitter account, just for fun. In the summer of 2010, I pitched an idea to expand it to a full-fledged website to my friend and fellow writer Beth. The Yule Blog was born. It was an exhausting project but worth every ounce of effort.

While it started as a writing exercise, I realized in the planning stages that The Yule Blog would be the perfect outlet to experiment with the latest in web design and development. Each article (these aren’t just little blog posts) features a custom art-directed layout and a responsive design.

Running a site like this requires more than just design chops. There were projects to be managed, designs to test in various browsers, drafts to review and edit, and extremely tight deadlines to meet. Thankfully it’s a seasonal effort, although you might be surprised how hot it is outside when the planning for a Christmas blog begins.

The 2011 edition of the Yule Blog is under active development. Technologies have been evolving rapidly, so I hope to find new ways to experiment with custom article layouts. I’ve brought on additional writers and designers to make the site even more robust and content-rich than it was in its first year.

What's better than a fun web experiment? How about 25?
What's better than a fun web experiment? How about 25?
Designing custom layouts for 25 feature articles required careful planning and time management.
Designing custom layouts for 25 feature articles required careful planning and time management.

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Science Mobile

2010

I designed and built this site for work in 2010 as a companion to our iPhone and Android app.

Both the app and the site are due for a refresh, but this served as a great opportunity to flex my jQuery and responsive design muscles. Since the site is intended to promote our mobile app, it was very important that the site work great on those devices. The magic of CSS3 media queries helps this site work great on both iPhone and Android browsers.

Multiple screenshot galleries meant many of the most common jQuery plugins wouldn’t work for us, so I developed a custom jQuery solution that works perfectly on desktop and mobile browsers.

Companion site for the <cite>Science</cite> iPhone/Android app
Companion site for the Science iPhone/Android app

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Old Home Week

2010

This was another project I took on to help out my hometown.

The town’s annual summer festival lacks a website of any kind, so I took it upon myself to make one, and keep it updated with whatever information I could find. I offered to hand over the keys to the organizers, but nobody seemed to care.

This vibrant site featured plenty of CSS transitions and transforms, and a fun, engaging tone. It’s a shame that this fun site isn’t still online.

If you build it, the Pierogi Man will come.
If you build it, the Pierogi Man will come.