Web

I believe in making useful, well-organized, beautiful web sites with creative design and elegant code. I'm an experienced front and back-end developer with knowledge of WordPress and other CMS platforms. I build sites using a local workflow with Node.js/npm, Bower, Grunt/Gulp taskrunners, SASS, and version control.


Client Work

Years of experience with a variety of clients has taught me many important lessons, the most important of which is to do what's best for your users. Ultimately, that's what is best for your business.


4-H

Global youth organization needed a refresh of their internationally recognized brand. An updated design was created, and a new back-end content management system allowed for easier organization and maintenance of their deep content. Structured page templates ensure that content is always cleanly presented. Section 508 rules for accessibility were respected.

responsive layout, WordPress Multisite, Foundation, Webdam integration | Tech Lead


Tilted Kilt

National restaurant chain requested a new site to update their corporate brand and streamline the experience for franchise owners. Features menus and event calendars that can me managed at the corporate and franchise level. Franchise owners can offer unique menu items, drink specials, and integrate local social media accounts. A corporate approval system manages content before it is published to the live site. Geolocation services find the nearest locations for users. A new Kilt Girl is featured on the calendar every month.

responsive layout, WordPress, Foundation, Facebook/Instagram feeds | Tech Lead


DMI

Digital mobility company needed a site that showcased its newly acquired divisions and business capabilities. Content and image-heavy site features angled content areas, magazine-style transitions, multi-level horizontal navigation, and embedded video and PDF content. A government subsite with graceful degradation to IE7 was required.

responsive layout, WordPress, Foundation, Google Tag Manager integration | Tech Lead


Professional Athletes Foundation

Organization works with the NFLPA to collect articles and resources for former NFL players. Features dynamically filtered content, social media sharing tools, and an accordion-driven FAQ section.

responsive layout, WordPress, Isotope | Lead Developer


FosterPort

Collection of resources on issues impacting older foster youth transitioning out of foster care. Client requested that the resources be easily filterable and fully functional on mobile devices. Site features advanced filtering logic and dropdown panels showing all available filters. Preloaded content and dynamic animation quickly delivers results. Back-end tools allows the organization to easily add new resources and categorize them for proper filtering.

responsive layout, WordPress, Isotope | Lead Developer


Jaybridge Robotics

Autonomous vehicle and industrial robotics software company requested a site which showcased the technology. A hero carousel with content transitions and scroll-driven parallax interactions were added to make the browsing experience more dynamic.

responsive layout, WordPress, Foundation | Lead Developer


17th Street BBQ

News and events from an Illinois restaurant group. Site features updatable menus, a carousel with merchandise, a newsletter subscription form, and a blog. The client's Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube feeds are featured in the footer.

responsive layout, WordPress, Twitter/Instagram/Facebook/YouTube feeds | Lead Developer


Juniper

Mediterranean-inspired restaurant in Wellesley, Massachusetts. One-page site features navigation with animated scrolling, an online menu populated by SinglePlatform, gift card and cookbook ordering integration with PayPal, and a photo gallery.

responsive layout, WordPress, Foundation, PayPal integration | Lead Developer


Weekly Resourcing Summary

Web app that uses the ResourceGuru API to determine appropriate resource allocation for our team of account managers, project managers, strategists, copywriters, UX, designers, and developers. Visual charting of the data helps determine at a glance if resources are appropriately allocated for the week. A detail view shows specific clients and projects assigned to each resource. Filters may be used to display resource from specific departments.

responsive layout, Foundation, ResourceGuru API | Lead Developer


Other clients include:

  • AARP
  • Discovery Channel
  • Honest Tea
  • Volkswagen Credit
  • Audi Financial Services
  • Euro Café
  • Golden Monkey Publishing
  • Laurel Eye Physicians
  • Y&S Marine
  • Renewable Fuels Association
  • National Get Outdoors Day
  • Adfero Group

Personal Projects

When I have a need for a site that doesn't exist or an idea for something clever, I'll build it myself. Here are some of my favorite personal projects.


FlikPik

We only have so much time left, so why waste your time watching bad movies? What if there was a way to pick your next movie to watch from a list of the best movies ever? And what if you could filter that list to reflect your personal preferences? Using data from IMDB and some proprietary algorithms to come up with final rankings, a list of the best movies ever is presented. Daily cron jobs keep the data fresh. Dynamic filtering allows you to find hidden gems, mark movies as seen, and add them to a watchlist. Movies on your favorite streaming services are a click away.

responsive layout, Foundation, Isotope, TMDb/OMDb/Guidebox API, Google AdSense integration


Divvy It Up!

After growing tired of the complicated math involved in sharing costs when traveling with friends, I decided to make a tool to do the math for you. You can add events, friends, and costs, and it will tell you who owes money to each person in the end. Now, it's a site where people can split costs for travel, rent, or anything. Pie charts show how costs have been shared.

custom PHP


Loveline Tapes

A community effort to collect, organize, and share recordings of old Loveline radio shows. Loveline was a nationally syndicated radio call-in program featuring Adam Carolla and Dr. Drew that offered medical and relationship advice to listeners. Over three thousand recordings are stored, all of them indexed, searchable, and available to public for free. Features include a jQuery MP3 player, call tagging, integrated message board, and search functionality. Back-end tools allow admins to upload and archive new recordings, moderate content, and ban users. Cloudflare CDN delivers cached content for the best performance.

custom PHP, phpBB integration, CloudFlare


Super Bowl Squared

Pick numbers before the big game, and win big if the scores at the end of each quarter matches your numbers. Site features secure logins for each user and email notifications using an external SMTP service.

responsive layout, WordPress, Mailgun integration


MonkeyStats

There weren't any good, free web sites for managing the schedule and statistics for recreational baseball and softball teams, so I made this. Team managers can keep player rosters, post schedules, send game invites, and keep team statistics. Features advanced form functionality and data validation, intense baseball math. Also included is a physics simulator showing how far you can hit a ball under various conditions.

custom PHP, Mailgun integration


Ball Catchers

Catalogs the fans who have caught the most famous home run balls in Major League Baseball history. Features stories collected from news outlets, modals with videos showing each home run, and photos of the lucky fans.

custom PHP, Facebook comments


Ping Pong Rankings

A ranking system for office ping pong or any other competitive event. The system is built as a ladder, where players can challenge players above them and must win to move up. Email notifications for challenge matches and reminders of upcoming games are automatically sent out. Playing statistics including all-time records, streaks, and easiest/toughest opponents are calculated on the fly. Back-end tools allow admins to add and remove players.

responsive layout, Foundation


Philosophies

Some thoughts on web development.


On design:

I don't have the creative brain to produce a design from scratch, but I have the analytical brain and critical eye to identify good design when I see it. Instead of hacking something together myself, it's best when I work with freelance design experts or teams. My expertise is the implementation.


On links:

More is not better. Site content should be properly organized, and well-placed links should clearly direct users through this organized content. Duplicated links annoy and confuse users. Can you imagine a library with 48 badly placed signs pointing to the Fiction section?


On music:

No. How rude is it for a web site to assume that I am not already listening to music or having a conversation or doing something else with my ears at that moment? The only time I should hear music or sound effects from a web site is when I ask for them.


On advertising:

Keep it tasteful. When ads become an obstruction to site content, they ruin the user experience and potentially reduce revenue by annoying users enough for them to leave the site and not come back.


On pop-ups and overlays:

The only time I should see a pop-up or modal overlay is when I've asked for it and it will do something useful for me.


On content:

Users should know who you are and what you do in five seconds. Bulleted text should be short enough to read in a single breath. "Email" and "website" should always be spelled the same way (I believe those are now the accepted spellings), "click here" is not a good link, and a serial comma should always precede the "and" or "or" when items are listed (like in this sentence). Consistency is paramount.


On collaboration:

I enjoy working with expert graphic designers, developers, and IT folks to deliver the most beautiful and functional web sites.


Contact

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