One of the biggest website projects I was ever on was one I was the Lead Front End Developer and Developer Manager while at freeStyle Media when we developed, Stand Against Poverty, for the United Nations Millennium Development Goals Campaign, which hosts the world wide event. The website hosted nearly 4,000 events which were created on the site from users that signed up all over the world. The web site allowed them to download materials, announce there event, and report the total numbers of participants that attended. Afterwards, we created the biggest Microsoft Excel sheet you’ve ever seen of event titles, locations, emails, and participants of all the events all over the world to hand off to the Millennium Development Goals counting team, who verified the events and the number of participants. This was submitted to the Guinness Book of World Records which gave them the record for the “Largest Stand Up in One Week” for the 173,045,325 participants that our website counted. The numbers were announced here.
The Drupal site had 26,359 nodes, or pieces of content, 3,664 users, visitors from 199 countries, and 298,922 pageviews this month. In addition, the site allowed uploaded videos attached to the users event get sent to their YouTube channel and photos to there Flickr photostream, which created an enormous amount of user generated content uploaded to these social media services. Easily our biggest and most successful project.
Aspirations in Computing is a talent development initiative designed to increase female participation in technology careers by providing encouragement, visibility, community, leadership opportunities, scholarships, and internships to aspiring technically inclined young women. The award is hosted by NCWIT and has received national attention, even from The White House, for its help and service for young woman in Technology.
I was pulled in as the Front End Drupal Developer by Aten Design Group to implement the designs in a mobile-first and responsive design way. No mobile comps were given, and it was up to me to implement the mobile and tablet designs from a small number of comps and style guides; an approach I enjoyed and think works very well in a project like this. The majority of the layout and site structure was specified in a thorough set of wireframes that specified the Information Architecture. Additionally, I had access to the graphic designer, who could help design me out of any intricate situations that needed assistance. Having the back and forth iterative, agile process here over the traditional Waterfall Development approach works much better in my opinion, especially with mobile and responsive web design.
The small, tight team at Aten worked in a continuously agile and iterative approach to push this project through professionally in the tight deadline we had before the scholarship application process began that would bring heavy traffic and participation to the site. I am thankful to of worked with such adept, skilled, and happy people on a project that truly is helping people out to aspire (pun intended) in this world. I truly believe that students and education is at the forefront of areas that need help and will in turn help this whole world out. My thanks go out to Matthew Saunders the Project Manager, Ken Woodworth the Graphic Designer, Clayton Dewey the Site Builder, Karyn Cassio the Back-End Developer, and Chris Coughlan the Quality Assurance specialist for all being such a great team to work with.
One of my favorite projects is Stand.org, as the site pushed myself and my whole team forward, and we ended up making one of the strongest platforms for getting their message out. Taking on all the Front End Web Development and making sure it all integrated into the Drupal Theme was my task. A unique challenge for the project was the styling of the different blocks of the site. The CMS allows the client to create and move around blocks with multiple fields of text, images, videos, and buttons with each of the presence or absence of those elements rendering a different looking block. Additionally they all can be designated as one of three different widths. This project was created at OMBU Web with the tireless effort of Jon Duell behind the Back End Drupal Development, and Martin Rio handling the project’s management and execution. The design was provided by a partner agency providing many static Photoshop documents which I turned into the Drupal Theme.
I was pulled in to help with the Drupal theming of the Sutter Home site by The New Group and taking on the full arrangement of the Book Section of the site; handling all views creation, node display field configuration, features exportation, and CSS styling from provided PhotoShop mockups. Additionally, I handled the tablet and mobile view of all pages; making sure that the pages looked appropriate on each device by using Responsive Web Design techniques. This site went on to win a Rosey Award in the Responsive Design Category as well!
The Award Description
Browser compatibility is for beginners. Elegance across 10 different laptops, 8 tablets, and 605 styles of smart phones takes next level developer mojo. Show me your mojo.