My Portfolio

The Lion's Den

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My father's hobby store. Built from scratch.

  • www.LionsDenHobbies.com
  • Launch: June 2009
  • PHP
  • MySQL
  • XHTML
  • CSS
  • Designed Graphics and Photo Editing
  • PHP Contact Form
  • Database Creation

Kawartha Trails Resort

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Kawartha Trails Resort, about 15 mins south of Peterborough, have been a great client to work with. This was a complete redesign. Content was taken from a previous site and one what was half built. A humble graphical design because the resort is in a dial-up area.

  • www.KawarthaTrailsResort.com
  • Launch: 2008
  • PHP
  • MySQL
  • XHTML
  • CSS
  • Graphic Design
  • WordPress, Google Maps and Calendar Integration
  • PHP Contact Form
  • Hosting Configuring

Haliburton Highlands Land Trust

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My college project and still a client. HHLT is a great organization perserving the wilderness in the Haliburton Highlands area. Another business in a dial-up or satelite ISP area so image file size optimization is a key.

Frost Recreation

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In this project, I was referred to the Athletic Director by a former teacher of mine to build a web site for the recreation department. Before, all that was there was some contact information which hadn't been updated since 1999. My goal was to design a site which utilized the branding of Fleming College and combine it with the aspects of sports. I incorporated the school's colours as much as possible into the header and navigation as sports teams are distinguished by colours. A linear layout was used as most playing surfaces are square, straight and outlined. The title, 'Frost Recreation', was designed to give it a bit of attitude, arrogance.

Paul Vanderhoek's Airbrush Studio

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Ahhh, the very first site I designed when taking night classes! If you look at the source code you will notice it has a table layout which was how the class was taught. The next class I took, I learned about CSS and have never looked back. This site was hand coded in Notepad. 'My fingers!!!'

BOOK REVIEW

Book cover of Designing Web Usuability by Jakob Nielsen Designing Web Usability

Designing Web Usability by Jakob Nielsen is a MUST READ for all web developers and designers. If a visitor to your web site doesn't know how to navigate through it, most likely he or she will leave feeling frustrated and unsatisfied and to never return. Mr. Nielsen discusses many examples both good and bad when it comes to web site usability to make sure this rarely happens to you.