My mission is to help people become better creators in the digital world we live in.

 

Paper is often overlooked but is still a valuable tool in the digital world.

Paper is often overlooked but is still a valuable tool in the digital world.

A happy workshop student learning how to design at the dSpace Design Bootcamp.

A happy workshop student learning how to design at the dSpace Design Bootcamp.

A key challenge of our digital world is figuring out how to stay organized.

A key challenge of our digital world is figuring out how to stay organized.

CONSULTING

I've been on the web and building websites since 1995. While trends come and go, the core value of your site remains the same - the information and content that you provide.

STRATEGY

With 15 years professional experience in all aspects of small-to-mid-scale technology, I advise small businesses, non-profits, and academia on how to best leverage technology and reduce complexity.

 

BOOTCAMPS

Through dSpace, I run 1-day workshops on web design, user experience, and design thinking, and also offer a part-time 4 month design studio in which students participate directly in the creation process.

A simple calling card for a small side business.

 

For Comsight LLC (shown above), I helped strategize a focused micro-site with just 3 aspects - a landing page, a portfolio page, and a contact form. Through focusing on the key desired actions for users to take on the site, the complexity of the site was reduced and the need for "filler content" to take up a traditional 5- or 10-page site was eliminated.

 

 

I assisted this small side business located in NYC by working with their Shopify store and Udundi theme to implement a new homepage layout and responsive design. Formatting for mobile requires writing custom CSS media queries to optimize the content for each section of the homepage to present well on smaller screens.

For my own business, I recently rebuilt the bootcamp registration site from what was originally a hand-coded HTML5/CSS3 site. Using Wordpress and the Elementor Page Builder plugin, I designed an improved interface with PayPal Shopping Cart integration to streamline the payment and registration process.

The Thomas Edison Center was already running on Wordpress, but a few issues had cropped up over the past several years. Without regular maintenance, some of the plugins had expired or stopped working correctly. I backed up their site, updated the theme, plugins, and core Wordpress, and then updated the slider/carousel with new or improved slides. I also wrote new custom CSS to improve the typography and layout on the mobile view of the site.

An improved user experience after more than 10 years.

I was hired by the Thomas A. Edison Papers to improve their user experience. This included both a static HTML website as well as a PHP-based custom search interface. One of the first things we did was launch a revised homepage that featured a full-width design, banner image, multi-column layout, and a mega-footer. The design followed the Rutgers Visual Identity branding standards as well. While we debated the many benefits of migrating the website to Drupal or Wordpress content management systems, ultimately we decided to put more of the budget towards the search interface, and left the site as static HTML so that staff could continue utilizing their familiar workflow of editing the site. 

Seeking those who are curious.

 

Whether running design thinking bootcamps, facilitating prototype workshops for university students, teaching a course on human-computer interaction, or giving introductory technology classes at public libraries, my philosophy of teaching is simple - we are all born curious, and we are all lifelong learners. My job is simply to spark and channel the natural curiosity that already exists within you. I focus on exploring core concepts and principles so learners can extend their own knowledge afterwards.