When the Knight News Challenge put out a call seeking innovative digital projects, Austin Ellis and I jumped at the opportunity, applying with a plan that would make campaign contribution data more transparent on the web. Now in its fifth year, the contest funds projects that focus on the advancement of news reporting in the digital age that fall in the categories of mobile, authenticity and sustainability. Our proposal titled “Financial Footprints” would use a browser extension to display campaign contribution information to users on relevant web pages. A short quote from our application sums up the basic premise:
Earlier this year the team at Wikia started down the path to redesign their product – a popular wiki hosting platform. Over the summer they brought me on the project as an interaction and visual designer. And just last month we let the redesign loose to a passionate community of select users. Our redesign effort concentrated on making the experience of using a wiki, where a community of users contribute the content, easier. It’s still too early to judge if we accomplished our goal of attracting a larger audience, helping them discover content, and engaging them as editors. However, after a couple weeks, the reactions that we are getting from users are encouraging and we’re excited to continue improving the site.
This bit of work began as a postcard and made its way into a banner hanging from the San Francisco Ferry Building on the occasion of Wikia’s Food & Tech event. The logo was a piece of work we put together for the Healthy Recipes team at Wikia a few weeks ago. The event, which took place on Sunday October 10th, saw a handful of local chefs serving up their culinary delights and an esteemed panel discussing technology’s role in shaping the food we eat. It always puts a smile on my face to see my work placed in the context of tangible moments like these.
At 2 Out of Three designing websites is our specialty. We enjoy taking on every aspect of a project because it means we’ll have the ability to translate our creative vision from the early stages of wireframes all the way through to the last line of code. We’re extremely proud of our latest work for the niche travel experts Best of Both, where our vision extended not only to the imagery present while browsing, but also to the tools that the team at Best of Both will implement for updates.
The initial design for 2 Out of Three was over three years ago, an eternity in the web world. As new technologies and design methods appeared over the years the flaws I kept seeing on the site were magnified, even if it was only in my mind. So it felt like the right time for a redesign. What started out as a fresh coat of paint quickly snowballed into much more and in the end I found myself overhauling the entire foundation of the 2 Out of Three’s website. Now, a couple months after kicking off the project, it’s ready and I’ve got a brand spankin’ new website that I’m excited to show off and get feedback from you all.
I’m excited and proud that Armchair Revolutionary launched the Beta version of their website Armrev.org earlier this month. The project has been percolating for some time now with ambitious goals: to change the world by supporting projects in science and technology that would create positive social change worldwide. The idea behind the site is to empower tens of thousands of participants to raise funds, organize large phone and email campaigns, and educate the public about the site’s various causes.
2 Out of Three is pleased to announce the launch of it’s latest project, a health care consulting website for Dr. Chris Carruthers who coincidently happens to be the father of 2 Out of Three’s VP of Engineering Kenny Carruthers. It’s shiny and new, the code is valid, the images are optimized, it’s ChrisCarruthersMD.com.
Logos have always fascinated me and so I get excited when I learn more about how the great ones get designed. These small symbols often made up of simple shapes or even the intersection of letters can take on a very large meaning. Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign logo quickly captured a nation and then the world’s hopes and dreams. It eventually took on a life of its own and became instantly recognizable – it was plastered on everything and came to mean so much to so many.
It took longer than it should have, but we’re excited to announce the launch of our most recent creation CulturalImages.com. Cultural Images is a jewelry collection created by my Mother nearly three decades ago. Detailed photography and an earthly, metal color scheme bring the website to life. The navigation divides the collection based on the predominant imagery found within the designs – Judaica, hands or hamsa, and goddess. The entire site is built on top of the Magento Commerce platform which delivers a very clean and user friendly eCommerce experience for visitors.
So head over to CulturalImages.com to take a look around and view my Mom’s beautiful jewelry line – you might even want to pick up a new Star of David for that upcoming Bar or Bat Mitzva!