Simpson Property Group – Web Development

    Simpson Property Group used Modern Signal to redevelop their website featuring rental properties in major city centers. I was contracted to provide back-end development utilizing a proprietary CMS along with C# and SQL Server. I also did considerable UI/Javascript work on the Search functions working with Google Maps. Design work and CSS were predominantly done by others. The site is very SEO friendly with all the tags and image information controlled via fields in the CMS to give ultimate flexibility to the client.   … [Read more...]

The Fix Redisign Project – UX

The Fix is a substantial site in the addiction recovery resources space. The site includes thousands of articles as well as vast facility directories. The site is built on Drupal, with all the development and maintenance being handled by others. My friends at Zooma were contacted to provide User Experience (UX) and design support. I worked directly with the client in developing the new layout for both desktop and mobile versions of the website. Several iterations were done with multiple revisions. I then directed the design work that was done by others.   One of the many wireframes:       Here is what the site looked like prior to the redesign: … [Read more...]

Camden Townes Realty Site

Camden Townes is a rental community focusing on college students in Harrisonburg, Virginia. I was tasked with creating a site to allow homeowners to create listings of their property that were then searchable by potential tenants. To keep costs down, Drupal was used as the platform with an existing responsive theme. Homeowners have access to be able to update all details and images related to their property via an administration panel. Visitors can search based on a number of properties as well as utilize the contact form to ask questions and express interest. … [Read more...]

Osher Lifelong Learning Web Application

OLLI is an organization in Washington DC that provides courses to further education later in life. I worked as the primary developer on this project for Modern Signal The project leveraged the in-house CMS for Modern Signal to provide all kinds of taxonomies to manage courses, students and registrations for OLLI. Students can sign up, register and pay for selected classes through the web application. Tools and reports are available for administrators to manage all aspects. The site was built with MVC with Microsoft SQL Server as the database. … [Read more...]

Death to WordPress! Long Live WordPress!

After much deliberation, I have decided to avoid brochure-type marketing sites built on Wordpress. The competition is just too stiff, and the margins too thin. Further complicating things is the growth of website platforms like Squarespace, Weebly, Wix and the rest that are starting to mature into very viable alternatives. Instead, my focus is not on application development, primarily for the web, but mobile as well. I have rediscovered some of the beauty of .Net, but also am very exited about the open source frameworks out there for building great software. I hope to be diving into Ruby on Rails or Django (Python) this year. The latter part of last year has brought with it some great new contracting clients like Modern Signal and Zoomasoft. I have really enjoyed working with these great companies and look forward to future projects and tackling new challenges. … [Read more...]

Single Malt Flight Experience

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Encore Guest Purchase Application

Encore needed a fully responsive e-commerce site. I helped the great guys at Zoomasoft put this together for them. The site is built in Drupal and utilized a lot of the latest Javascript and CSS techniques. I primarily provided UI development services on this application. … [Read more...]

Rack It Up Web Application

I have helping the wonderful people at Modern Signal with a project called Rack It Up. This web application and bookmarklet allows users to 'rack' items they find on supported fashion sites. The system then sends an email when the item goes on sale. There are many social features included such as following other users and the ability to 'Love' an item. Accounts are created either directly or using Facebook or Google login's. The site is created using a proprietary CMS utilizing MVC and SQL Server for the database. … [Read more...]

MJM Photography WordPress Website

MJM Photography provides personalized photography services in the Vancouver, Washington area. Monica wanted to move from her blogspot site to something a little more professional that could support her growing business. A clean, responsive theme was used so the site would work well on mobile devices. Monica and I then worked through setting up the proper content and tweaking the theme with a custom font and some other added features. The site focuses attention on the images she has produced and provides a great way for clients to review her work. … [Read more...]

Rocktown Realty New Website

Rocktown Realty had an existing website that primarily focused on their rental and property management services. They were looking to expand the realty side of their business and wanted a new website to focus on that. Wordpress was chosen along with IDX services provided by DSI Solutions to give a easy to update but fully functional realty website. In a addition, a custom landing page which leads to their different services was developed utilizing a full screen image background for dramatic effect. Plugins were installed and customized to allow simple edits to featured properties, agent profiles and testimonials as well as a mortgage calculator. The results have been very well received, and now Rocktown is planning to redesign the rental and property management site utilizing Wordpress as well. … [Read more...]