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20 Projects to present (1 to 5 below)

VirtualMotors
Media:
Web
Purpose:
Branding/Identity; Marketing
Client:
VirtualMotors
Service:
Project Management; Information Architecture; Interface Design; Graphic Design; Web Development (client side); Web Development (server side); Browser Compatibility Testing
 
Challenge:
VirtualMotors is poised to revolutionize the way independent auto dealerships do business, but first a corporate identity and web site design is necessary.
VirtualMotors and Customer-Centered Design discussed goals, needs, resources and limitations in-depth. Customer-Centered Design wrote a Project Proposal addressing all of the relevant issues and limitations and an agreement was quickly reached.
Solution:
The new VM logo will be reproduced faithfully across all kinds of media (including fax, cut vinyl and man others) while conveying the professionalism and nature of the enterprise.
The web site Customer-Centered Design has designed is being produced (as of this writing - June 2004) in a "tableless" CSS-based layout with database integration (Partners content management) and selected functional elements from VirtualMotors desktop software application delivered via ASP.Net.
Technologies:
CSS; Database (flat or relational); HTML; PHP
Released:
July, 2004
Status:
Offline
 
City of Santa Cruz Business License Database
Media:
Web
Purpose:
Research
Client:
City of Santa Cruz
Service:
Web Development
 
URL:
http://www.ci.santa-cruz.ca.us/bldb/
Challenge:
The City of Santa Cruz had an existing database from an offline legacy application that needed to be made available via the city's web site to aid the general public in researching business license information.
Solution:
A Perl based application configuration and installation, allowing users of the City of Santa Cruz web site to make complex database queries (searches) via CGI based web interface.
Technologies:
Database, CGI
Released:
Jul. '02
Status:
Online
 
Auto Outlet Website
Media:
Web
Purpose:
Marketing, Research
Client:
Auto Outlet
Service:
Graphic Design, Information Architecture, Web Development (client side), Web Development (server side), Project Management, Browser Compatibility Testing
 
URL:
http://autooutlet.net/
Challenge:
Auto Outlet, a high quality used auto dealership, recognized a need to redesign their highly trafficked web site to remain competitive, improve their public image and increase sales leads. A number of functional and usability enhancements, including those for a search/results interface, were essential to the project.
Solution:
Though discussions first focused on graphical issues with Auto Outlet's previous website, after some discussion with Auto Outlet's owner, Rob Gaither, about how the web site serves his business I went away and redesigned the sites information architecture (content and functional logic). After three smoothly evolving iterations, Mr. Gaither approved a new information architecture. From that followed a interface redesign. Then came a new color palette that would support project objectives and known user needs. These were combined and presented as a comprehensive graphical redesign. As soon as Mr. Gaither approved the comp, I rapidly produced the site in optimized HTML, CSS, JavaScript and web image formats for maximal site performance. At every stage, Auto Outlet was involved in the decision making process. What made this project enjoyable was the level or collaboration between Mr. Gaither and myself. His openness to ideas he hadn't previously considered, and his suggestions, were equally welcomed.
"You've done a great job--more than I expected. Thank you very much for your professionalism and attention to detail. I know that I got a tremendous bargain. Please feel free to use me as a reference if you like. I have worked with a lot of web designers (as you may know, I used to own an online design/sales firm) and you tower above the rest.
Thanks again!"
-Rob Gaither
Technologies:
CSS, Database (flat or relational), HTML, JavaScript, Perl/CGI
Released:
Jan. '02
Status:
Online
 
Adaptec Online Annual Report
Media:
Web
Purpose:
Investor Relations
Employer:
Elemental Interactive
Client:
Adaptec (now Roxio)
Service:
Project Management
 
URL:
http://www.adaptec.com/adaptec/investors/annualreports/2000/
Challenge:
Elemental Interactive (EI), an Atlanta based interactive agency, was retained by Adaptec Inc., a major silicon valley computer hardware and software producer, to develop Adaptec's 2000 Online Annual Report (AR). Though Elemental had a San Francisco office, with only one Project Manager, already loaded with projects, I was asked to manage the Adaptec projects design and development processes, documentation and communications, online and "offline."
Solution:
Having worked successfully with EI on a contract basis previously, this time as a contract Project Manager I was the primary point of contact between Adaptec's and Elemental's design and technology teams. I produced and maintained the project meta-site, bringing innovations from my experience as fulltime Project Coordinator at Seagate Technology. I authored project documentation, prepared weekly status briefs and prepared and performed milestone presentations for the Adaptec's Investor Relations Department. The project was released on time and within budget. The end result of our two months of effort received high praise from Adaptec's CFO, Andy Brown, who, for the first time, preferred the online AR to the printed version.
Technologies:
CSS, HTML, JavaScript
Released:
Mar. '00
Status:
Online
 
Coca Cola Online Annual Report
Media:
Web
Purpose:
Investor Relations
Employer:
Elemental Interactive
Client:
Coca Cola Corp.
Service:
Web Development (client side)
 
Challenge:
Elemental Interactive, an Atlanta based interactive agency, was retained to plan, design and implement their 2000 Online Annual Report.
Solution:
Hand coded (BBedit) HTML, CSS and JavaScript, precisely optimized graphics. As technical team member I conducted browser compatibility testing. The project budget, schedule .
Technologies:
CSS, HTML, JavaScript
Released:
Mar. '00
Status:
Online
 

 



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