Welcome. This site sub-section summarizes some of my work. It's by no means an exhaustive array of all that I have worked upon but after many different computers, jobs and house moves, what follows is a reasonable chronological overview of my work to date. Feel free to leave your commentary on my blog under the portfolio section.
One of my greatest assets is versatility. I have experience in product design, interaction (IxD), user interface and experience (UxD) design, project management and IT systems adminstration and management. I also bring a broad understanding of customer-centric design and research to the table.
In terms of IxD and UxD design, my focus in recent years has been web based but I am especially interested in designing interfaces and user experiences for mobile devices and tablet based platforms. Recently I developed a demo (see IndiGO) for a healthcare application which a doctor might use to impart cardiac and diabetic health risks to certain patients.
Like so many of us, I have a specific interest in sustainable design and technology. Toward those ends and as part of my Masters, I developed a Sustainable Materials application - The FITS Sustainable Materials Library.
Additionally, I have taught applications support to professionals in a corporate environment and web design to students in academia. Teaching is interesting as it forces one to see the lesson through anothers eyes. In this manner one can develop a curriculum which sets a student up for success and helps them build their own self confidence through discovery. Occasionally, I also teach Aikido at the dojo I frequent in San Francisco - but that's 'a whole other story'.
To read the granular buzzword-details behind my work you'd be best advised to vist my resume´ page or download it using the link below.
To learn a little more about me you could visit my biographical page.
To look at some of my work - just use the navigation bar above.
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Contextualizing web technologies
When you've worked upon websites as long as I have, you categorize this work as Web 1.0 or Web 2.0 technology, so a few words on all that:
Web 1.0 Sites from 5,000 feet
These are web sites which were constructed before the advent of Rich Internet Application (RIA) technolgies. That's pretty vague - so hang in there a moment while I explain.
RIA is a large measure of how web technolgies have progressed in recent years to exploit a lot more of the functionality which is built into modern web browsers so as to dramatically improve the end user experience as we browse sites and use web applications.
For the most part, Web 1.0 web sites are dependent upon tables for layout and often use nefarious pop-up windows for additional functionality. Some used tableless layout to build their pages. Those were the maverick sites you visited where the same site looked a little different across various browsers ( IE, Netscape, Firefox - Safari came later ).
HTML Table tags as you might guess are really intended for tabular data. Think spreadsheets and you've got the concept. Using tables to lay out a web page is quite a reliable means of ensuring that a page looks the same across many browsers. Without tables, web page layout became a gamble because the manner in which each browser OEM (Netscape,Microsoft, Opera) interpreted markup and style sheets varied slightly. However, the downside is that the browser has to draw the table first and then fill its table cells with content. That was a problem in terms of performance when most of us viewed web pages with dial up modems. It also meant that early versions of speech generating software would read aloud the table architecture they witnessed as they narrated page content to a visually impaired web visitor - pretty frustrating for the end user.
So in a nutshell, Web 1.0 was what the internet started with and it defintely served us all for some time, but thankfully we have made some progress since. For more on things Web 1.0 take a peek at the very magnificent Wikipedia.
Web 2.0 Sites from 5,000 feet
If you've read my 5,000 foot view on Web 1.0 technolgies, you'll realize that something more was desired to serve the end user and to exchange data more efficiently. Enter Web 2.0 sites.
For more on Web 2.0 take another look at Wikipedia.