University Libraries New Template
The UNLV University Libraries have been using roughly the same design since 2005. In order to improve branding across our sites and make them easier to use, I have designed a new template that aims to serve as the basis for future Libraries websites.
I was involved in almost every step of this project, from selecting Drupal as the Content Management System, to designing the main template and coding the Drupal theme, to scheduling and editing the photography.
Southern Nevada: The Boomtown Years
Southern Nevada: The Boomtown Years features a rustic western design to fit the time period of the content housed within the collection.
I'd highly recommend spending a few minutes browsing through the collection, it's an amazing exhibit of Nevada and American history!
University Libraries: Mobile Site
With input from a group of librarians and staff, I took our full site map, distilled what I considered to be the most important information, and created a mobile website!
If you're interested in reading about the process, I've written three posts describing how I built the site at my Library blog.
Libraries across the country house Special Collections, which are rooms full of unique historical documents, from amazing photographs to menus to letters to hotel registries. Many libraries scan these documents and put them online where anyone can see them. The problem is that more often than not, viewing these documents is a real pain in the neck.
Menus: The Art of Dining
UNLV Libraries' Digital and Special Collections are essentially treasure troves of historic photography, letters, documents, and even Menus! From August 2009-2010, the Digital Collections team scanned over 1500 Menus for online display. I took all their hard work, and packaged it into an attractive online presence with the help of our talented usability specialist and application developer.
This was our first Digital Collection to use the Drupal Content Management System (CMS). Drupal has helped our team work more efficiently while empowering librarians and staff to update the site in the future.
College of Arts and Sciences: Information Technology
If you want to know one thing about Vegas locals, know this: they absolute love Howard Hughes. Despite the fact that we advertise this collection less than newer collections, it is still our most visited digital collection. Because of its popularity, we launched a new design in November 2008. A combination of clean design and 50s kitch fonts, I tried to give the design and old feel while keeping the focus on the beautiful photographs on display.
Boys and Girls Club of the Ozarks
Another piece of history! This design shows off the freelance work I did while living in Springfield, Missouri. It's a fun design with vivid colors.
Zoo Town Surfers are a group of mad kayaker instructors from Missoula, MT. With a wicked rust and wood look, I was trying to give the site a gritty Montana feel that would appeal to the teenage audience Zoo Town Surfers wanted to reach.
Although I've done over 150 websites at this point, I've kept this old gem in my portfolio for one reason: It's the first design I did as a freelance designer. And it's always important to remember our roots!