I got bit by the design bug early and built my first website 15 years ago — at age 15, funny enough - to share my pixel art. Over the years I progressed from table-based layouts with spacer gifs to responsive, mobile-ready, css-powered designs. I got deep into Wordpress in the early days, getting comfortable with php syntax and a little bit of mySQL by building custom themes for personal sites and student portfolios.
In 2009, I got my BA in graphic design and started freelancing under the name Marginalia Studios. I spent a few years doing web design and development work for local business and artists before switching to the world of corporate in-house design when I joined Lycos (yes, of 90's search fame) in 2012 as part of the team behind lycos.com, tripod.com, and angelfire.com.
After just over two years at Lycos, I moved on to COMSOL, where I joined a small, ambitious team responsible for comsol.com as well as the company's intranet, which is a mix of 3rd party software and lots and lots if in-house built tools for everything from content management, marketing and sales, and customer support.
Now, I'm looking for my next adventure! This summer, after wandering all over New England for 10 years or so, I'm moving back down to southern Massachusetts and looking for a new gig closer to home. If you're looking for a passionate, experienced web designer and frontend developer with expertise in UI/UX design, CSS, and jQuery get in touch!
UX Design, UI Design, CSS
COMSOL Days is a special type of event that required a unique marketing page highlighting the many worldwide locations where it is held.
UX Design, CSS
A small but important project - we were getting a relatively high number of reports of customers downloading a small utility called COMSOL Client when they meant to download the main software, so I redesigned and re-built the download pages to be more clear about what software was being downloaded, and how to find the right version and platform.
Instances of incorrect downloads dropped off as soon as we went live with the update.
Graphic Design, Typography
In 2014, I designed the invitations for my sister's wedding and while I don't really do print work professionally, the typography here is nice enough I've included it for the sake of a little variety.
HTML, CSS, jQuery, Secondary UI Design (Mobile)
This was one of several projects at Lycos in which my primary role was development of the creative directors design. The project consisted of the lycos home page and company information pages, the home page having been recently replaced with a new design.
View Live (company information page)
Lycos Home Page
CSS, UI Design
In 2013, Lycos had a variety of internal customer service tools - some new, some almost a decade old. This project consisted of creating a single navigation and search bar to unify them, and giving the CSS a facelift to improve legibility until a larger project could be launched to re-build the entire system.
The front-end facelift of existing tools posed a unique challenge in that - for various reasons involving the legacy backedn - I couldn't change the HTML, only the CSS.
Internal tool, no live page available
Customer Service Tools
UI Design, CSS
Tripod is a drag-and-drop website builder that works based on page templates having designated editable areas into which users can drop whatever (and however much) content they like. This flexibility was the primary challenge in designing templates for the system - they had to be well-structured, yet highly flexible.
The sample above was created for the "Arts & Crafts" category and shows filler content used during the design process.
Part of web-based software, no link available