Georgia Tech's Research Horizons Website
In the Summer of 2014 Georgia Tech's premiere research publication, Research Horizons, was redesigned. A new website was created to coincide with the first issue of the redesigned publication, which hit newsstands that Fall. The website — built in Drupal 7 — features online versions of each printed issue, plus serves as the main news hub for the Institute's top-level research news. Although the initial design for the magazine was outsourced, the design and build-out of the website was handled entirely in-house.
My role in this project was to not only serve as the project manager, but also handle the architecture and content modeling, along with development of the theme. In addition, I also played a role in establishing the design direction of the interface.
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24 Hours of Clough Commons Web Feature
As part of the redesign of www.gatech.edu during the summer of 2013, the Communications office introduced feature stories to the lineup of news. These stories were intended to focus less on amazing research discoveries, and more on "telling the Georgia Tech story."
In the Spring of 2014 we kicked it up a notch thanks to the vision and tenacity of our outstanding staff photographer (who also happens to be a SCAD alumnus.) The idea was to capture the unique learning environment at Georgia Tech by documenting 24-hours of activity at a newly built student commons building. Although the format I crafted for this piece borrowed techniques previously developed, it proved to be the perfect vehicle for showcasing the work of the amazingly talented, delightful, and professional staff in the Communications office, and delivering an authentic experience. Oh, and it won a CASE award.
This was built as a subsection of the Drupal 7-based Georgia Tech News Center site. My role was to model and build the content types, research and design the interaction, plus code the theme. Since the 24 Hours of Clough Commons piece was produced, other significant features have been created using the same platform, as well as the standard feature format.
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The Redesign of www.gatech.edu
In the Spring of 2012 Georgia Tech embarked on an overhaul of its web presence. I was promoted to a "lead" position, and put at the helm of what would be an exhausting, but rewarding experience.
This was my second time being involved with a big redesign project for the Institute. This redesign included a much more significant budget than the previous one, but unfortunately the timeline wasn't as generous. The discovery, research, and design was primarily handled by an outside vendor, with the build and theming falling on the in-house web team, which by then was down me and my esteemed colleague.
Regardless, we were able to stand up a new Drupal 7 site for the Institute's main web presence along with four other top-level web properties in less than 90 days. It was a tough project, but I learned a lot about responsive theming, mastering git workflows, running high traffic sites on Drupal, the limits and strengths of the features module, plus a good lesson or two on enterprise-level web development, and managing subcontractors.
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Georgia Tech's Amplifier Blog
Georgia Tech's Amplifier Blog functions as a hybrid experts guide/news blog, and serves as a tool for the Institute's media relations staff to showcase faculty SMEs to top-tier media outlets. Although this site is now over six years old, it represents work that was pretty forward thinking at the time (at least in Higher Education circles).
The site was built in Drupal 6, and was a soup-to-nuts project for me. I handled scoping the site's functionality based on the requirements from the media relations staff, modeling the content and mapping workflows, plus the full build, theming, and end-user training. It was a great proof of concept for my early enterprise-level theming techniques, and proved to be a good learning experience for developing content syndication models, and moderation workflows with a large user base.
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