Category Archives: Freelance

MURSWORLD: “Phenomenal”

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Project: This Was Expensive pt.1

We’re at it again, Nancy and I have added another big item to our already growing to do list. “THISWASEXPENSIVE.com” is a project I started in an information design class over a year ago based on the world’s most expensive domains(.coms) every purchased. The original graphic charts the value / price, the domain owner and category then compares that info to the average number of visits / hits the site gets each month. All websites shown are listed according to websites trackers: alexa.com, soldnames.com and compete.com Statistics vary upon what information was available and are taken from most recently recorded activity for that domain.
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The original graphic was extremely long for dramatization and stretched out to a 120″ x 18″ poster with some dots going way off the canvas of the poster. I was able to create a short little video of the experience.

I had originally uploaded this video to youtube and it made a small impact overnight gaining about 1,000 hits in a few hours. After a little investigating I had found that CORE77 had made a quick tweet about it. Not long after my favorite info design blog infosthetics.com picked it up and made a post. Strangely enough it got onto some strange Russian forum and I was bombarded with emails, some angry that it was 100% accurate data and some wanting a poster but not wanting to pay for it. I was also contacted by someone at compete.com and bundle.com to have a copy in their office.

Our goal is to make this somewhat “live” to a point where at least a static state is clickable for a viewer until we are able to find a way to obtain data dynamically from all 3 website trackers. We are looking into the use of some of the following: jQuery, SVGs, HTML5′s canvas, and some flash. More about this project very soon, stay tuned.

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Freelance: Lolli Beach Candy pt.1

My old client and friend Vy Nguyen who I met and worked for back in 2009 returned to me with enthusiasm I have not seen in a person before. Working with other young entrepreneurs always excites me, especially when you can see that they have a real passion in what they do. Vy started her own swimsuit line in 2009 named Lolli Beach Candy, the designs are unique and based off of things she loved as a child. The website is launch and open to the public and the shop will be open in a few days.

Vy wanted a fresh new look for the website to compliment her 2011 line. I had always wanted to try a method of using full bleed photos with a custom navigation, I saw an opportunity with this site and took it. Love the way it came out however I am still working on some bugs with Internet explorer because as some of you know jQuery and CSS3 do not play nice with Microsoft.

The site is run COMPLETELY off of wordpress and the default twentyten theme that has been customize in every way possible by yours truly.  Many thanks to all the wordpress and jQuery nerds of the world, cheers.

My favorite part of the site actually is very minor and somewhat silly. I love the blog, when you scroll down the blog the white transparent container kisses the edge of the pink box in the navigation. Sweet.

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Freelance: OHMY pt.1

A few months back I had the pleasure of meeting Abby and Jane, two very special people who have a passion of helping others in need. Abby and Jane have took it upon themselves to develop a non-profit organization that helps several other organizations around the world. I would describe the idea as a cross between a non-profit meets Threadless. The organization will generate revenue by selling t-shirts designed to raise awareness for specific humanitarian issues. 100% of the proceeds will donated to a worthy 501(C)(3) non-profit foundation.

I have been working closely with them to develop the site, and it has been a great experience as I partnered with my friend Andres to implement use of our custom CMS (content managing system), unfortunately we worked so hard on it that we gave it the horrible name of “Admin Panel”

You’ll want to keep reading for the good stuff :]

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Freelance: The Laughing Tree part2

Since the part 1 of The Laughing Tree, Helena and I have officially launched the site with very nice results. The store and logo appear to be a hit with her customers and friends. You can also “laugh your apples off” at thelaughingtreeshop.com now officially open for business.

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MURSWORLD: Updates, StarWars and Greyskull

MURS’ new website will be launching soon. Nancy, Peter and I (or as MURS likes to call us… “NPK”) have been working very closely with MURS to complete the new website/blog for his latest album dropping around Feb. 8th. The new site is very much a traditional blog that will host new projects, albums, photos and even a comic book or two (yes I said comic book). Most of the artwork done for MURS is done by Jeff Grell @ At Large Media

It’s exciting for me to have this opportunity to work with MURS someone whose music I listen to on is now one of my clients, sweet. I also discovered his love for StarWars Anyone who is down for StarWars is ok with me.

Keep your eyes peeled for the new site and get your tickets to his tour PAID DUES.
“By the power of greyskull!”

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Freelance: The Laughing Tree part1

My friend Helena, is starting her own little web store selling little unique office supplies. She contracted me to develop the branding and of course the website. Even with school I attempted to meet her December deadline. We are almost ready to officially launch, here is a taste of the logo and what I had to do just to get there. Totally out of my usual portfolio but she says I pulled it off, well I hope so haha.

The long process:

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MURSWORLD: Tweet Tweet

Murs lending me a hand to create some buzz about my Google project. This will definitely help me reach out to the masses. Thanks Murs. Check out his twitter, he will be doing huge things this coming year.

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