Redesigned the website for a film production group I co-founded. The latest version uses responsive design techniques, as we saw a growing share of our visitors from mobile devices, and puts more emphasis on our main goal - get people to watch movies.
Portfolio Sites for Media People
Built online portfolios for media professionals who were frustrated with limitations of WYSIWYG services. While the original clients swear that the unique, legitimate look and feel of their portfolio helped them get jobs, the project has evolved into a sophisticated service for media people looking for a sleek way to present their work and experience.
After a few years of building portfolios as one-off freelance projects, I started thinking about ways to automate it: multi-tenancy, a much more powerful backend, dynamic theme controls, while being easy and affordable enough for the average young media professional.
Now in semi-public beta, powering a handful of live portfolios, including mine.
Midwest Democracy Project
Redesigned and reengineered the Kansas City Star's award-winning political site, which includes a comprehensive elections database. The goal was the simplify the application, reduce the work on staff, emphasize important stories over the daily grind, and make the whole thing easier to use.
Design influences behavior, and on the web, it's not hard to create (or lose) the impression of quality. On 913, a news magazine for the Kansas City's suburbs, we were aiming for a better class of editorial product: emphasis on readability, ads integrated into the content, lot's of room to breathe, and nothing extraneous. At a time when most content sites are littered with too much stuff, a sharp, clean look and feel drew fantastic feedback from our readers.
City in Shock
Created this microsite to commemorate the 30-year-anniversary of the Hyatt skywalk tragedy and serve as a sort of virtual memorial. It was launched in conjunction with a book on the same subject.
10th Anniversary of 9/11
The goal: scale our efforts - and do it in 2 weeks flat. Rather than having every single paper in the McClatchy chain build a unique online 9/11 package, we built one, designed to adapt to each market, so miami.remembers911.com would emphasize its local spin, Kansas City's would play up its own coverage, and the small papers without the resources to commit their own content could fall back on everyone else's without feeling generic. Pooling photos, video, and reader stories, the flock of sites was a huge hit both internally (quick quality product that saves everybody time and energy) and readers around the country.
Developed a proof-of-concept for creating flippable digital magazines as websites instead of iPad apps in the 4 weeks after the iPad's initial release. I created this video to present the prototype.
At the time, this was a very novel idea that wowed magazine editors and designers when we presented it to Meredith. Nobody had ever told them you can do this sort of work with web technologies. Since then, a whole host of players, including the Financial Times, Atlantic Media, and the New York Times, have invested heavily in tablet-friendly mobile web experiences.