1988-91 Edward Larrabee Barnes / John M.Y. Lee Architects NY, NY System Manager · Initiated, implemented, and managed computerization of one of NYC’s top 10 architectural firms · Trained users of Macintosh administrative, accounting, and Microstation CAD systems for 55 person office · Supervised development of custom accounting and drawing log software built in 4th Dimension database software · Chaired NYC Macintosh User Group for American Institute of Architects
CAP (Community Arts Partnership) Digital Playground – Passion Pasion Passion Project Manager, Navigation Architect
1997-98 Community Arts Partnership / KAOS Network, Los Angeles, CA Project Manager · Supervised staff in completion of CD-ROM development project featuring artwork by 31 students at 5 Los Angeles art training centers · Mixed and helped engineer recording sessions · Redesigned navigational elements for better usability · Taught graphic design, video, and web development software · Implemented exhibition with 5 simultaneous networked computers and video feeds
DIGITAL PLAYGROUND is a large project which incorporated and repurposed final class and independent student projects from several Community Arts Partnership (CAP) sites across the greater Los Angeles area. CAP, an organization run from the California Institute of the Arts, offers free arts training for “at-risk” Junior High through Adult students across LA. CalArts students are Teaching Assistants – sometimes full teachers – for the classes. This project trained students in web development, ISDN video teleconferencing, and digital graphic arts. Students from these diverse communities interacted with each other; first via ISDN, and eventually in person. Although these communities were only 20 miles apart, the students would probably never have set foot in each other’s neighborhoods. The project included work from Plaza de la Raza in East Los Angeles; Inner City Arts in downtown Los Angeles; Watts Towers Arts Center in Watts; and KAOS Multimedia Center in Leimert Park.
The theme and working title for the project was “Passion, Pasion, Passion” and it targeted views of passion in Latino and African American communities. It was an outgrowth of the previous year’s projects, which examined participant’s literal and figurative “families” – from parents and siblings to gangs and co-workers.
These “passion” subjects covered a broad range; the situation in Chiapas, inspirational leaders of revolutionary ethnic change, views and attitudes towards spirituality, neighborhood redevelopment, views on sexuality, police abuse and artistic reactions to it, racism, community responses to the recent riots in LA, history and roots of hip-hop music, music compositions integrating hip-hop and notated jazz arranging, a Latino “speed-metal” band’s music, a hip-hop radio program, dance, and mixed-media animation.
Software: Timbuktu Remote Media Pro? Digital Video Editor U Matic Video Editing Photoshop Flash Dreamweaver Adobe Illustrator
Web Integrator, Online Catalog Designer, Systems Administrator UrbanTech.org
The National Urban Technology Center is a New York-based organization providing life skills education to disadvantaged populations throughout the United States. In cooperation with the Department of Justice’s “Weed and Seed” program, they convert crack houses into community computer training centers that provide job skills training.
Content development took place in Los Angeles, and I acted as a web integrator and part-time Systems Administrator for the team. I implemented the designer’s ideas as functional webpages, in coordination with the Cold Fusion programmer. We also had a team of writers and animators who created flash movies and quiz games as part of the educational modules.
The home page displayed random selections of participant images with links to their personal homepages. It also served as a member login page.
Four tour pages explained the Urban Tech programs and linked to a flash demo movie. I served as designer for the textual portion of the flash demo. I also designed an assortment of animated banner ads for the site, derived from the company’s logos.
I redesigned the company’s online catalog for better informational clarity and navigation.
The real core of the company’s offerings was the flash content, which I constructed the html framework for. Cold Fusion databases controlled which content was available to each user, and kept track of their quiz scores. This is presented within the catalog and demo.
For clarification, the pages presented here are reconstructed from the final interactive database-driven pages. E-commerce links are disabled, and the content on these pages will not update dynamically. The new Urban Tech site has been redesigned by their local NY database developers.
Urban Tech Online Catalog Re-design
The old online course catalog was confusing; it lacked heirarchical organization and duplicated information several places on the page.
To further complicate things, information was again duplicated on a second index page. Although the icons were appealing, they were also confusing, and simply repeated information from the text links on the pages.
To address these problems, I used frames to create an index and heirarchical organization. The course packages were presented in a simpler informational graphic, a chart that used colors to visually differentiate each package.
The design intentionally used elements from the home and tour pages to maintain the site’s visual identity, as specified by designer Andrea Lenardin of Instant Days Design.
2001 National Urban Technology Center, Hollywood, CA Web Integrator · Converted static designs to web pages · Served as liaison between graphic designer and database programmer · Redesigned and coded online product catalog, marketing brochures, and animated banner ads · Maintained account database, implemented archives, created documention · Interviewed and hired creative and technical support staff
Web Designer, Navigation Architect, E Commerce Integrator www.fingerlights.com
2006 Fingerlights, Los Angeles, CA Fingerlights.com Web Designer · Redesigned navigation for site · Configured secure ecommerce store · Built site including video clips of products
Asa Kim is a Navy Pilot who is marketing a remarkably tiny series of ring-flashlights for civilian and tactical uses.
Earlier web designers were unable to complete his website, which needed to include an e-commerce section and video clips. He had determined the design and graphical look of the site already, and I helped simplify the navigation using drop-down menus to maximize the product display area. A PayPal shopping cart was implemented to handle sales in a secure fashion.
Gary L. Coleman is a retired studio musician with a formidable catalog of recorded performances. (He adds the “L” to distinguish himself from the actor with a similar name.) His family members are all successful artists in their own right as well, and he hoped to help showcase the whole family’s work in this website. He also hoped to exhibit and offer for sale the poetry and music of his deceased son.
Poems by his older daughter Cole are included, as well as photography and ambient music from younger daughter Lisa – well known for her film scores as part of the dynamic duo “Wendy and Lisa” and for her tenure with the artist who was then known as Prince. The hope was to provide a view into the lesser known facets of the family’s creativity as well.
Winslow Court is a Recording Studio in Hollywood that has produced many award winning albums. The client wanted to create an ambient soundscape that continued to loop while different sections of the site were visited. Animated slideshows of album artwork and musicians in the studio were included. The majority of the site was built in Flash, and periodically albums and photos were added to the galleries. Later the site was significantly scaled down, effectively offering only an online business card.
SolwayJones Gallery is an art gallery located in the Chinatown area of Los Angeles, and previously in the La Brea / Wilshire “Miracle Mile” district. They wanted a website that would enable them to dynamically update content for new gallery shows.
I specified a database to meet their needs, and contracted php programmer Mark Losinski to build the content management system. Additional programming was done by Andrew Farley. I was responsible for the graphic and navigation design of the site. In 2008 a WordPress blog was added for the “News” section, allowing them to add written updates about their artists and video clips of their art work. The blog has been exceptionally successful.
The website opened a number of doors for the gallery, enabling them to enter art fairs that had previously been unreceptive, and also ushering them into some professional art publications.
The site’s content management system allows them to add, remove, and re-sequence artwork, exhibit, and artist listings from the database. Images are sized using an Imageready “droplet” for consistency. Because of changes in browser technology, a site overhaul was discussed, but the gallery closed before that could be undertaken.
2008 SolwayJones Gallery, Los Angeles, CA www.solwayjonesgallery.com/news/ WordPress Developer, Videographer · Designed and built gallery news WordPress blog · Videotaped exhibition artwork and published flash versions online
2005 SolwayJones Gallery, Los Angeles, CA www.solwayjonesgallery.com Web Designer, Project Manager · Designed and built gallery website with updatable catalog · Specified PHP database to catalog artwork, contracted programmers to build it
Web Designer, Navigation Architect, Logo Designer, Graphic Designer BlytheProjects.net
Navigation: The content scope for this mostly static site was small, so navigation design focused on simplicity and clarity. Drop-down menus used in the client’s specification were eliminated, and an allied site intended for emerging artist management services was created separate from the gallery site. A small php database was begun to facilitate dynamic listings of art fairs throughout the world, however time and budgetary considerations gave priority to development of an animated home page.
Allied work included business cards and the gallery’s logo.
Francois Ghebaly Gallery Web Designer, WordPress Custom Theme Developer ghebaly.com
François Ghebaly Website Designer, WordPress Developer 510 Bernard Street Los Angeles, CA 90012 November 17, 2009-March 15, 2010
New Location: François Ghebaly Gallery 2600 La Cienega Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90034
Kunsthalle @ M+B 612 North Almont Drive Los Angeles, CA 90069
When initially designed, this site presented the holdings of the Chinatown-based Ghebaly Gallery as well as a cooperative space in the same arts district that exhibited group shows co-curated by several different galleries. Later the gallery moved to Culver City and removed the cooperative gallery section of the site. The client wished to duplicate the layout and functionality of Berlin Gallery “Gallery Luis Campana” website, which also featured exhibitions at two locations. Their site was a custom built PHP site, so the design challenges centered around adapting that site into a WordPress theme (and translating the code of the original site.)
Good Vibe Studio Website Designer, WordPress Developer David DePalo Susan Ross Cynder Niemala 1489 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Suite C Thousand Oaks, CA 91362 thegoodvibestudio.com December 11, 2012 – January 27, 2013
This was a joint venture between musician David DePalo and inspirational business consultants Susan Ross and Cynder Niemala. The studio offered music and video recording and performing facilities for childrens’ parties. Services included WordPress training, design, and site customization.
Gallery Neuartig Beate Kirmse is an art gallery owner in San Pedro, CA who wanted to create an online catalog of her artists and provide online purchase inquiry capabilities for their artwork. She also wanted to create an online community for gallery visitors with a news section featuring regional art events. The site plan was extensive, on par with many commercial arts websites, and was modeled after British site murmurART. This site provided unusually extensive search capabilities such as artwork dimensions, predominant color, price, and image zooming and panning, like many e-commerce fashion sites.
I created the site’s graphic design and wireframe navigation plan incorporating JQuery overlays, accordion search constraints, and integrated purchase inquiry forms. Design was heavily informed by knowledge of the capabilities of existing WordPress plugins and focused on facilitating a simple viewing and purchase inquiry experience for the prospective buyer. Page mockups and initial html versions of the pages were created. The site was implemented in WordPress, which had released a substantial update with version 3.0 while we were designing the site. I found programmers from PixelJar to implement plugin customizations at the yearly international WordCamp in San Francisco. They implemented the designs for the final site.
Navigation: This site was intended as a portal for arts information as well as being a portfolio for the gallery’s artists. The client was heavily inspired by UK art site “murmurART,” hence the site incorporated many e-commerce features not often found in the gallery world. Navigation design focused on three primary user scenarios; first-time gallery visitor, prospective art buyer, and art news reader. The challenge was to create a satisfying simple path that allowed the prospective buyer to view multiple artworks and send an inquiry referencing the items in the online catalog. Off-site exhibitions and group shows for the artists also had to be accommodated by the catalog, and on-site feature articles and off-site media coverage about the artists had to be easily navigable within the site.
Design was heavily informed by knowledge of existing plugin capabilities, WordPress functionality, and theme construction. JQuery accordion sorting and overlay image display were used to simplify the purchase inquiry process for the prospective buyer. The wonderful programmers from PixelJar modified a contact form plugin to achieve these ends, and ultimately constructed the final pages for the site. Unfortunately, a good portion of the typographic design was discarded in this final phase of the project.
DJ Cat Web Developer, WordPress Developer, Navigation Architect WordPress Theme Installation and Configuration Catherine Wentworth West Hollywood, CA www.djcatnyc.com November 22, 2012 – January 13, 2013
Catherine Wentworth is a professional DJ who works extensively in the fashion industry and in night clubs throughout the country. I implemented two different versions of her site; the first was an update and theme transition due to some broken features, to accompany her feature in Playboy’s music issue, and a later, more extensive site overhaul was implemented using a commercial theme called “Sideways” (because it’s blog scrolled horizontally instead of vertically) to integrate her broad social media presences, integrate with online sales, media downloads of both music and video, and provide a gallery of photos and press coverage.
Navigation: The broad scope of this site offered a number of challenges for navigational clarity, graphical branding consistency, and social media integration. The client chose a commercial theme whose developer did not respond to our support inquiries regarding gallery features that had been rolled into WordPress after the theme’s release. During development, navigation was streamlined and organized as simply as possible. Extensive plugin testing was required to facilitate unusually broad social media integration needs; most social media plugins don’t include options for music sites and are not extensible. Consequently, simple outbound links were added to visit external sites and plugins were used for sharing posts on primary sites such as Twitter and Facebook. The blog section of the theme features an unusual horizontal scrolling layout, however certain types of posts wouldn’t display correctly. Testing was done to determine the limitations of image display within this layout, and the client was advised to prepare images accordingly. I aimed for typographical clarity and consistency throughout the core of the site, however, the nightclub typographic aesthetic prevails as the media images and blog posts are added. The site includes an event calendar. Training for the features of the template was provided to the client.
Theme Debugging Theme Configuration Navigation Design Calendar Configuration Social Media Integration Training
Social Media Marketing Website Designer, WordPress Developer Israel Sushman Los Angeles, CA http://isushman.com/
Israel is a social media consultant. He liked a theme from a Czech theme developer; we customized a proven theme from Woo Themes to provide the same features and styling.
Navigation: The content scope for this site was small, so navigation design focused on simplicity and clarity. Duplicate navigational elements were minimized, and the carousel slides linked to the most recent blog posts.