Art Portfolio - Web Sites

I've been making web sites since about 1996. I generally hand-code these using a text editor. Photoshop, Illustrator, Flash and ImageReady have also come into play, though lately I'm using GIMP a lot.

Below are some of the sites I created or contributed to. Some sites may have changed since the information below was written.

IGN was a property of Snowball.com until Snowball.com became IGN Entertainment. It is a commercial, high-traffic site (millions of unique visitors per month,) aimed at young men. The maintenance of the site involves numerous artists, editors and engineers.

As an engineer for Snowball.com from 1999-2001, I worked on several aspects of the site. In addition to being JavaScript guru for the company, I was part of the team that maintained the Informix Datablade publishing system and migrated the system to JSP / Oracle. As leader of the production design team, I translated Dreamweaver's HTML into robust publishing templates and created the XML data feed for subscribing publishers. The IGN web site is still live at the time of this writing.

NFL Under The Helmet was conceived as a companion site to an NFL television program for young fans. NFL tapped Snowball.com for production and maintenance of the site. As a Snowball.com engineer, I was heavily involved in the improvement of Dreamweaver output, production of JSP publishing templates and testing of the site.

Snowball.com had produced Network In A Box, a tool for automating site production and maintenance. Since NFL Under The Helmet was the first time Network In A Box had been used on a client's site, the project was a study in production of reusable code. Last I checked, this web site was offline.

Lutzky Associates, a provider of construction and property management solutions, needed a new web site in 2002. I teamed up with a designer to produce this site. I focused on HTML production and browser compatability, while the designer dictated layout and generated the Flash elements. We worked remotely, communicating by telephone and email, and produced an excellent web site. The Lutzky Associates web site is still live at the time of this writing.

Evolution of Religion: Hawaii Conference 2007 was a meeting of leading minds on the scientific study of religion. This web site included information for attendees, online registration integrated with PayPal, and extensive biographical and bibliographical information about the speakers. I was responsible for the technical and design aspects of the web site, using images and text provided by conference organizers. The web site is still live at the time of this writing.

Vicon produces motion capture equipment for use in entertainment as well as science. They required a web site with two faces -- an exciting, dramatic face for their entertainment customers, and a precise, clean face for their science customers (shown at left.) Working remotely with a designer, I applied my HTML, JavaScript and illustration skills to produce a robust site which was compatible with a wide range of browsers, including interactive technical illustrations. The Vicon web site is still live at the time of this writing.

ChickClick.com was a high traffic Snowball.com property for an audience of women aged 13-30. As an engineer, I maintained publishing templates, migrated the site from an Informix-based back end to a Java / Oracle system, and served as JavaScript / HTML guru. I also applied my illustration skills to produce a set of ChickClick-themed weather icons. Though the site's traffic was impressive, Snowball.com eventually chose to close the site and focus on its IGN property.

DansEgo.com is my personal web site. I handle all aspects of design, production and management. It is php-based for easy updating, and I keep it in compliance with W3's XHTML 1.0 and CSS 2 standards.

I change the layout of the site at whim, thus the multiple looks shown here.