Posts Tagged:Developer

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    GPS at Work

    Back when GPS in vehicles was the new rage, I had a client that wanted to track fleets of vehicles using the new technology. Since we didn’t have any photos of trucks or the device in action, I had to resort to a “space-age” technology design.

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    Holiday Health & Racquet Club

    While living in the Holiday Park Apartments after graduation, I bartered a membership from the health club down the road in exchange for developing and maintaining a website for them. It was a nice little gym with racquetball courts – which is super fun if you’ve never played. The gym has since closed.

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    Kennametal IPG

    During my two years as an in-house developer at Kennametal, I was given the opportunity to redesign and rebuild the website for the Kennametal Industrial Product Group. Lots of text and drill bits. Not a particularly glamourous subject matter, but noble work nonetheless. And hey, it was 2003 and I had a job. Go me!

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    Kennametal.com

    Kennametal was my first job out of college and I learned a lot about corporate life during my time there, namely that I dont’ like corporate life. But aside from that, I learned a lot. I was part of a team that created on e-commerce portal that had over 300,000 products, worked with marketing team to transform their print materials into web, and was also allowed to redesign the corporate site to this sweet blue and yellow table-based layout design. Sorry the screen shot is all I could get from archive.org.

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    Big Dog Dart League

    The Big Dog Dart League was my second client, and I created the site and also managed schedules and rosters. But my favorite part of this site was the Big Dog logo that I created, a cigar smoking strongman bulldog. It was the first time I thought I might have some actual design chops. Even 20 years later, I still see that logo on vending machines around Pittsburgh and it makes me happy every time.

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    Trilogy

    In 2000, a few friends of mine formed a girl-pop band named Trilogy in the mold of Destiny’s Child and recorded a demo, and I built them a website for free because I was 20 and they were girls. The band was short-lived, I don’t think it made it through the summer but I did date one of the girls for a couple months. Though it was the first time I used Photoshop to make a logo, so there’s that!

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    National Sports Challenge

    National Sports Challenge was my first paid client job. I was 19 years old and I was paid about $250 to build it. NSC was a Madden 2000 tournament, E-sports way ahead of its time. Not only did I build the website, but I helped the guy running it to set up 64 40-inch CRT TVs and Playstations in a hotel conference room. Despite widespread radio ads, turout was much lower than expected. But to just have someone pay me to build a website was exciting.

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    Top-Rope.com

    In 1997, me and a friend launched the WWF Action Zone, a website dedicated to covering the WWF pro wrestling and it became an instant success. Within a year we relaunched the site as Top-Rope.com and continued to run the site for 4 years through college allowing us to travel around the country for wrestling shows. It was an amazing learning experience that set the stage for a long and rewarding career.