Web Design & Development
While my forté keeps me busy with type design, I have been known to tackle frequent web design jobs. I do enjoy a bit of code wrangling. This list is a smattering of past projects, some of which can still be found alive on the World Wide Web.
Contact me if you like what you see and want some for yourself, or if you need your current website improved to meet current web standards. I can handle every aspect of the job, from securing domain names and hosting and SSL certificates to custom content management development and custom e-commerce and shopping cart applications. My rates and services are scalable to work within most budgets.
A Simple Photo Portfolio
I first developed this basic image portfolio website for Jessica Labatte as her exhibition list started to grow. She wanted a super clean design with large, prominent images that would speak to a contemporary gallerist's sensibility. It's an especially effective website structure for contemporary art photographers, and it wasn't long before John Opera and Craig Doty came to me for similar websites.
Art Los Angeles Contemporary
I was contracted by Fair Grounds Associates as designer and webmaster for their brand new art fair, Art Los Angeles Contemporary. I use the term “brand new” in the most literal sense because we built everything from the ground up, including two custom type families. I built the entire website from scratch, complete with a custom content management system and a password-protected VIP admin for guests to RSVP for special events during the fair.
Looking at Dirk's studio practice and gritty snapshot photography alongside his exacting curatorial activities, zine production, and print design, it was clear that everything needed to be shared on the same platform. What emerged is a nearly encyclopedic catalog of his various activities, and with it the recognition of a clear voice and vision—something only a robust website or personal museum could offer.
Sandy de Lissovoy
Sunday, a contemporary art gallery on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, was going through some exciting changes. Proprietor, Sean Horton, was moving to Chelsea and transforming the operation into Horton Gallery. What better time to build a new website? This is another incarnation of the same CMS and front-end framework I built for Andrew Rafacz and Kavi Gupta.
Rob wanted a website to showcase his studio art and design work. We closely collaborated on the design to make it a suitable extension of his aesthetic without drowning the content. The devil is in the details, and Rob keeps a very sharp eye on him.
Amanda came to me with a vision for a rather comprehensive website that could sustain her aesthetic throughout. While I tend to dissuade dark backgrounds on the sites that I build, it was ultimately the most fitting foundation for Amanda's mystic and mysterious eye.
Martha is a classy southern debutant at heart and she needed a classy, respectful portfolio of her interior decoration and visual merchandising work. The deadline was short and some of her documentation needed refinement, but we were able to put together this concise and professional mini-site to give her talents some deserved attention.
Alia Penner is an unstoppable creative wunderkind.
Kavi Gupta Gallery
Kavi and his staff needed a website that they could manage themselves. I redesigned the site to their specs and built them a custom content manager using all the PHP that I’ve developed for other jobs. We were able to launch after about a week’s work. It was a rush job. I was about to move to LA and they were headed to Miami for all the art fairs. Small-scale agile development at its very best. They uploaded all the content as I built out the front-end.
Black Tent Press
The folks at Black Tent Press needed to sell some records. I equipped them with this simple website based on their design sketches and added MP3 previews and custom PayPal buttons. Check out the exquisite tunes and buy some of that quality vinyl packaged in hand-printed sleeves.
Arlo Graphic Design
Ryan Halvorsen over at Arlo Graphic Design needed to update the Arlo site. We collaborated on the structure and finer points of the navigation while Ryan provided the amazing content and populated the MySQL database himself.
I built Annie's site with the same artist portfolio CMS that I've given all my other clients, but used a new navigation and layout based on the Arlo site.
Andrew Rafacz Gallery
Long ago, I built a website for Chicago's Bucket Rider Gallery. Now it has blossomed into a full-fledged commercial art gallery donning the name of its sole proprietor and namesake, Mr Andrew Rafacz. I built this website for him as well.
TypeTrust is the digital font boutique I formed with Neil Summerour in 2005. I wrote most of the CSS, developed parts of the font previewing functions, and fine-tuned the shopping cart and customer account pages.