Portfolio

Welcome to my portfolio, although I use the term loosely. When I think of a portfolio, I think of a giant black leather case being hauled around by a sleep-deprived art student... whereas this is more of "here's the stuff I'm not too embarrassed about." ;)

Now, if you REALLY want a good laugh, take a look at my past attempts at personal and non-paying sites.


In the summer of 2003, I worked for Pratt and Whitney as a summer intern... otherwise known as "the first time I ever got paid to mess around in HTML." :) Unfortunately, I can't post any links to this particular site because it contains classified information and is accessible only via the company's intranet. (As far as I know, I'm going to guess that it's also been redesigned... hopefully.) I can say, however, that the F135 has to do with the Joint Strike Fighter program. Very, very cool.

I do have a few screen shots of non-classified information. Here's the main F135 page. It's ugly to my eyes now, but I had no control over the design, so there was nothing I could really do about it at the time.

F135 Homepage

This next page is for the Award Fee given to the F135 program. I created this one on my own, back in the days when I had a fixation with frames. I thought the title graphic that I created was pretty cool.

Award Fee


In the summer/fall of 2004, I went back to Pratt and Whitney to redesign another department website. This time the "redesign" was essentially a complete overhaul of the existing site. As much as I'd love to share a screen shot of the old site, I will spare you the horror and shock and instead just show the nice, new, user-friendly one.

Acheiving Competitive Excellence


During my junior and senior year I worked with a site run by The Daily Jolt. Project Jolt was started at Amherst college back in 1999 as a result of a college kid getting fed up with the boring monotony of Amherst's website. Since then, it has expanded to more than a hundred individual, college specific sites that are run by students for students.

What exactly did I do with such a great site? Well, in short, I monitored the forum, changed the page title (when this screenshot was taken it was "Where has the cereal gone?" due to the lack of [good] cereal in the dining hall), added events, put up procrastination links, etc., etc. Oh yeah, and I went out on weekends, took photos of inebriated people at frat parties, and posted them online. Sounds weird, but at the time it was the most popular feature on to the site.

DailyJolt went out of business several years ago due to the ever-increasing popularity of Facebook, but you can see it in its glory days here.

Daily Jolt


The next five are sites that I've worked on while at EchoDitto, my first employer after I graduated from college.

The first assignment I had was to build a functional, Wordpress-powered website called "Protecting American Families." My mission was to take a composite of the site (e.g., a giant .jpg of what they wanted it to look like) and break it down into HTML, PHP, and CSS to create a functional website and blog. The design is a little bland, but it's "what the client wanted" - a phrase I heard frequently over the next year.

In all seriousness, working on PAF really taught me a lot about producing a website for actual clients as opposed to working directly for my company. Plus, I was able to finally create something a little more dynamic with the use of Wordpress and Democracy in Action, an online campaign manager tool.

[Note: looks like EchoDitto gave PAF the boot, so the fullsize screenshot is actually of the Photoshop layout that I did.]

Protect American Families


My second assignment was building Slingshot.org, which is a political blog that discusses... well, politics. Fortunately, building this site wasn't nearly as complicated as PAF, as it was just a blog. (Not to say that it was easy - just not as in-depth.)

The banner was my doing - originally we had an image of David (you know, David and Goliath... slingshot...), but the apparently it didn't really fly with the client. So I dug around and found the photo of a slingshot being cocked on Getty Images, and voilà, a better banner.

[Note: another EchoDitto casualty. The content is still accessible through Archive.org, but the cool header graphic is now missing.]

Slingshot.org


One of my ongoing projects is for a satellite company called SES-Americom. The first phase of work involved redesigning their American counterpart site called AMERICOM Government Services. They actually aired a few TV ads promoting the company, toting the phrase "It really is Rocket Science." It's kind of neat to see the URL to a site you've developed.

Apologies for the crummy screenshot - I had to use a Microsoft Office program to resize it, and the JPG compression is terrible compared to Photoshop.

AMERICOM GS


The other portion of the AMERICOM contract was the creation of a blog called "Really Rocket Science." Building the blog was very interesting, because it was my first time using Drupal. Basically, Drupal makes Wordpress look like Sesame Street, which should give you an idea of what it's like to work with.

Click on the screenshot to see the actual site:

Really Rocket Science

(FINALLY! Something that's still alive and still being updated! Strangely, it looks terrible in Firefox. Weird, considering we tested it on a Mac platform...)

My last project with EchoDitto was for the Chernobyl Children Project, USA. It mainly entailed a site redesign to be launched in time for the 20th Anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster. (Side note: thankfully, the logo is not my creation - some company did it for CCP as a pro bono gift. Personally, I'm not a huge fan of it.

Click on the screenshot to see the site:

Chernobyl Children Project


Some other sites I've worked with while at EchoDitto (not necessarily as a tech lead, but more of tech support) are Since Sliced Bread, Rosie O'Donnell's blog, the U.N. World Food Programme, and the World Trade Center Memorial Foundation.


After leaving EchoDitto, I went to work with U.S. News & World Report. At last, I thought. No more griping about clients' bad taste in design! Of course, there is always some evil that comes with the job, and that one happened to be Movable Type. After working with it, I've come to appreciate Drupal if only for the fact that Drupal has adequate documentation. Anyway, here's one of the MT pages I completed for the Politics section:

US News Politics 2006

My sincerest apologies if the Viagra promo ad shows up in the right sidebar - the stupid thing will start playing audio if you accidentally roll your mouse over it.


After doing the Politics gig, I worked on the new Best Hospitals section. I just finished up U.S. News' famed Best Colleges online edition, which was a real learning experience:

Best Colleges 2007


Currently I work for Booz Allen Hamilton, a global consulting firm. My first project there was for JTIMS, a.k.a. Joint Training Information Management System. The application does contain sensitive information, so I'm limited in what I can show. In that case, here's screenshot of the application's "public view" (unclassified/published material). It's not the most exciting looking, but it's a powerful application and very successful.

Joint Training Information Management System


More recently, I've been working on a contract for the Army Well-Being office. The project is called Soldier, Civilian, Family Indicators, and is designed to replace an offline Excel spreadsheet-based application and put it online as a web application. Basically, rather than sending out updates via giant attachments, this way the data is put online and can be updated and sent out using only a few clicks of the mouse.

Soldiers, Civlian, Family Indicators

FYI, the data shown in the page's screenshot is made up...

The screenshots below are from a "website that never was" that I created in 2007. The website I intended to work on was for Area II of the U.S. Eventing Association. The USEA has divided up the country into zones/"areas" for the sake of competitions, riders, and to generally keep everything neat and tidy. As a member, I volunteered to redesign/revamp the existing site sometime in 2007, as it had sort of fallen by the wayside. I decided to use Wordpress as a CMS, as I wanted to keep updating the site as easy and pain-free as possible for anyone else involved. I used a variety of programs and technologies in development, such as Mozilla Sunbird and PHP iCalendar, PHP Classifieds, RSS, PHP scripts, and a slew of Wordpress plugins.

USEA Area 2

USEA Area 2 Calendar

I was very proud of myself for putting this all together on my own, plus it was fun and educational! Unfortunately, my version was never launched for a myriad of reasons; the main one being lack of communication with USEA, and the other being what boils down to politics. I was pretty angry upon hearing my hard work would essentially be trashed, but it served as an important reminder that keeping the lines of communication open and following up are key in any area of life. I was (and still am) sad that my efforts were eschewed, as this was my first "from scratch" project that wasn't personal nor was I getting paid to do... but I still enjoyed every minute of it.