Portfolio of Work

  • Refresh Columbia

    Refresh Columbia

    Branded & WordPressed

    In order to keep up with current trends and stay inspired, it’s important to have a network of colleagues & friends to learn from. Thanks to blogs, forums, and email lists, I’ve had this sort of network online for over a decade. After attending my second SXSW conference last year, I decided it was time to develop a local group here in Columbia. The result was RefreshColumbia.org. I designed the logo and set up the WordPress install.
    View Website: RefreshColumbia.org

  • Principles of Beautiful Web Design Promo Site

    Book Promo Site

    Designed & Coded

    Shortly after I finished reviewing and revising the last chapter of my book, Sitepoint informed me that it would be a good idea to set up a promotional website about it. After thinking a little bit about each chapter, I followed my own advice and started sketching ideas out on paper. It was those handwritten notes that inspired the overlay image that you see when you hover each of the menu items.
    View Website: PrinciplesOfBeautifulWebDesign.com

  • DIYalogue

    DIYalogue

    Branded & Ningified

    Being first-time home owners, my wife and I are constantly taking on new projects and running up against new challenges. From scraping popcorn ceilings, to patching holes in the walls, to gutting our 70s kitchen; we’ve been able to do a lot of the work on our house ourselves. Along the way we’re learning new skills and the money we’re investing is increasing the value of our house. I created a community on Ning called DIYalogue for people (like Amy and I) who are in over their heads.
    View Website: DIYalogue.ning.com

  • Amesnjas

    Amesnjas

    Happily Ever Afterated

    Amy and I got married on July 19th, 2003. It wasn’t long after that when I decided we needed a website to keep our friends and family updated. The first incarnation of amesnjas.com was a static HTML photo gallery coupled with a homebrew blogging system created with PHP & MySQL. In 2006 I rebuilt the site using WordPress as the blog platform and ZenPhoto to manage the photos.
    View Website: Amesnjas.com

  • Albrecht

    David F. Albrecht

    Designed & WordPressed

    I don’t do much freelance these days, but I recently worked with David Albrecht to create an effective web presence for his law office. Rather than a static company website, the client wanted something he could update on his own. I chose WordPress as the Content Management system and used his practice areas as post categories. This will allow him to add an unlimited amount of content related to each practice area.
    View Website: AlbrechtAttorneyFLA.com

  • echodeep

    Echo Deep

    Designed & Movably Typed

    I was contracted by Synergema to do a similar “worn look” design for the ministry outreach site Echo Deep. Echo Deep is a place for students involved with the Joe Pix Ministry to plug in and share their experiences online. I designed several initial comps for the client, then developed the layout and Movable Type templates for the site using XHTML & CSS. Unfortunately the site was recently shut down do to “an unhealthy amount of commenting spam”.

So this is it?

I currently work as a User Experience designer at MailChimp. Eep eep. You can see some of my work there once you’ve logged into the application. Before that I worked for Cyberwoven, an excellent interactive web agency in Columbia, SC. A majority of the work I’ve done over the last few years has been produced while working as a Cyberwoven employee. As this body of work was produced by a group of talented individuals, it belongs in the company portfolio and not my own. I’d be happy to show off some of the work I did while working there to anyone interested, but will not be listing it in my public portfolio.


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The Principles of Beautiful Web Design

The Principles of Beautiful Web Design - 2nd Edition

If you are squeamish about choosing colors, feel uninspired by a blank browser window, or get lost trying to choose the right font, then you should check out my book.

Recently

See Life Through My Eyes

  • Shiver me timbers!
  • Lots of great internal lighting talks this afternoon, one of which involved a rowdy game of “name that A11Y checklist issue”.
  • Every time I hear @heywren speak, I learn something new. Thanks for teaching us to solve better problems and reminding us that, “usability is hygiene”.
  • Photo
  • The summit after party, after party crew. Planning to go for a 3mi run before we get started tomorrow.
  • ‪Today, I met my remote colleagues for the 1st time, enjoyed talks from @erova & @russu, participated in a half-day workshop with @brownorama, and that’s just day 1 of the @Paylocity UX Summit. Time for some games!‬
  • Amazing talk at @cm_orlando this morning from @jonbusdeker about community, storytelling, and exploring the city.
  • Half slice.
  • We still have a beam to install in the kitchen and are planning to order cabinets and appliances this weekend. Having my office here already though means I could, in theory, start going for a swim on my lunch breaks.
  • First day of first grade and pre-k! :school_satchel:
  • How about now?
  • Making way for a nice and open, L-shaped kitchen with an island. Can you see it yet?
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