I work with other freelancers and agencies a lot to help them round out their capabilities or fill in when their own resources are fully utilized. This project was just such a case, the design was completed and approved and it was my job to turn it into a functioning WordPress site with a focus on easy maintenance.

WordPress is pretty easy to use to begin with but the design did present a challenge: easily update the large image at the top without having to spend too much time in PhotoShop resizing and adding design elements. To accomplish this I set WordPress’s featured image functionality to display as a background image aligned to the top and right and place the design elements over it using a transparent PNG file.

Project RoleCSS/html/JavaScript, WordPress Development

Project Partner: GUI Visions & Mahan Advertising Visit the Site

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I was brought in just a few days before the project deadline to finish up the development but after taking a look at the progress it was decided that it would be better start from scratch. A few long days and a case of Diet Coke and we made the launch date.

Project Role: CSS/html/JavaScript, Design (junior), WordPress Development Visit the Site

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Mackey Advisors

Mackey Advisors came to me with a pretty solid design for the home page that was done in-house. I made a few minor adjustments to the layout, designed the interior page and built the site using WordPress.  

“Chris helped us relaunch our website in 2011. He was so easy to work with, made great suggestions, and has been a HUGE asset since completing the project. He is a great resource when it comes to the tricky pieces of web design. He is a great trainer, and takes the time to break things down for a non-tech person. I have really enjoyed working with him.”

Grace Mohr, Operations & Communications Director, Mackey Advisors

Project RoleCSS/html/JavaScript, Design (junior), WordPress Development Visit the Site

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501 Salon & Spa

A website for an Aveda Spa in Northern Kentucky. I worked with Prolocity to integrate their  online appointment tool and ecommerce solution into a WordPress powered site.

“We have had many compliments on the new website. People are loving the new look and the ability to book online.”

-Jody Kugele, 501 Salon & Spa

Project RoleCSS/html/JavaScript, Design (lead), WordPress Development

Project Partner: Prolocity Visit the Site

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The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center

I was lucky enough to work on 2 major overhauls of the Freedom Center’s website. The first, in 2007, was focused on replacing an expensive and painfully slow content management system with a custom built tool, a savings of over $50k a year.

We also tackled  the site’s unruly structure (over 700 pages with little structure) while improving the ability for users to find information about visiting the center.

The second major overhaul in 2010 was a complete update of the site’s design. We focused on putting the most visited sections (Visit the Center & Genealogy) up front, adding a list of upcoming events to the homepage, and promoting new exhibits with a large rotating banner front and center.

I continued to work closely with the Freedom Center’s marketing department to add new content, build microsites for rotating exhibits, make minor tweaks and updates to the site up until late 2012. At that point the Freedom Center and Museum Center merged and the Museum Center’s existing technology team took over daily upkeep of the site.

All and all this was one of the most rewarding projects I’ve had the privilege to work on.

“What an improvement! Tremendous, very easy to navigate, lots of interesting content.”

-John Pepper, Freedom Center Board of Directors and Former CEO, P&G

“The more I get acclimated to the new design, the better I like it. It feels clean and airy, like it is breathing.”

-Paul Bernish, CCO, Freedom Center

Project Role: CSS/html/JavaScript, Design (lead), Information Architecture, Project Management, Strategy, WordPress Development

Project Partner: Electronic Art

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