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Copyediting and Proofreading

See the right-hand sidebar for my most recent projects. Some other copyediting and proofreading projects are listed on my Other Experience page.

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Recent Websites (live)

The Mapback Index

www.mapbackindex.com/mapbackindex

The Mapback Index is an ongoing project–a catalog of the Dell “mapback” paperbacks of the 1940s and 50s. I hand-coded it in HTML, CSS, and PHP. I designed and developed the MySQL database and the entire front end. I scanned (and am still scanning) the cover images and entered the data in the database. I am still working on all of these things, as well as tweaking the site to make it more responsive and accessible; when I’ve done that, I’ll move it up to the main domain.

Communications in Information Literacy announcement page

www.comminfolit.org

The front page of Communications in Information Literacy
The splash page for Communications in Information Literacy

When Communications in Information Literacy moved to a hosted publishing platform, we still needed a page to archive our old issues and direct long-time readers to the new site. I designed and coded (again, by hand) this page, using HTML and CSS Grid.

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Prototypes

Adobe XD

I’ve been playing around with Adobe XD, inspired by their weekly design contest. Here are some of the things I’ve come up with.

Mockup of a mobile website

Image of an iPhone with a website for a fictional non-profit.
This is a mockup of a mobile-friendly splash page for a completely fictional non-profit dedicated to restoring the Stovall theater in Sayre, OK.

I took this photo sometime in the early 2000s and altered it in Photoshop; I’ve always wanted to do something more with it. [The last time I visited Sayre there were some efforts underway to restore the Stovall. I have no idea if those have progressed since then, but it has always seemed like a good idea.]

Working prototype of a website

Image of a website titled "Prairie Green," with photos of pieces of Frankoma pottery pieces.
A mockup of a website for my collection of Frankoma pottery. I took all the photographs and used them in this prototype.

You can view this interactive prototype on Creative Cloud.

…but why is Prairie Green not done in something approximating Frankoma’s famed glaze of the same name? Well, it’s because I couldn’t find a color for the labels that provided enough contrast to make them readable, but that still looked good. Here’s the closest I got:

Mockup of website with images of Frankoma pottery and green header and footer.
Just a graphic, not a working prototype.

And this is why I’m now fanatical about prototyping tools. I would have spent twice as much time coding that as I did prototyping it in XD, just to find out that it didn’t work very well.

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Older Websites

Science & Engineering Node Services (SENS) website

SENS at The Wayback Machine

This site has been replaced with an awesome modern Drupal website, and the annual Halloween tradition of switching the website has faded away. But this was pretty hot for a standards-compliant website in 2005. 🙂 The design was nothing very special, but it was completely modular, indisputably valid, and exceptionally usable. And it could get a whole new look with one line of HTML (and a lot of CSS). I believe it was the first completely standards-compliant, table-free, CSS-based departmental website on UB’s campus; if it wasn’t THE first, it was at least one of the first two or three.

Science & Engineering Node Services The main website, which I completely redesigned using standards-compliant XHTML and CSS, using PHP and MySQL to standardize headers and footers, create custom 404 pages, obscure email addresses, and develop an online database of scholarships for engineering students.
SENS at Halloween The same site, but dressed in costume for Halloween 2005. The HTML is exactly the same as the regular site, but it had a new stylesheet that was switched on at 12:01 a.m. on October 31 with a little bit of PHP. The design is based on the distinctive graphic style of Sin City, a popular film and graphic novel. The background graphic was originally a photo of one of the engineering buildings, altered in Photoshop to fit in with the theme.

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Publications and Projects

  • Guest post: List of back-to-school books, in The Huffington Post. I originally wrote this for Flashlight Worthy Books, which apparently gave HuffPo permission to reprint it and format it as a slideshow. The first I heard it was in HuffPo was when I found it during a search for my name.
  • User documentation: The SENS Web Style Guide, a collection of helpful documents for faculty, staff, and students who use the resources of Science and Engineering Node Services at the University at Buffalo. Available only through the Wayback Machine.
  • Book review: HTML & XHTML: The Definitive Guide. Internet Reference Services Quarterly, v. 6, no. 2 (2001). [NOTE: The full text is not available publicly, but I will provide it upon request.]
  • Book review: Teach Yourself HTML and XHTML in 24 Hours. Internet Reference Services Quarterly, v. 6, no. 1 (2001). [NOTE: The full text is not available publicly, but I will provide it upon request.]
  • Abstracts: The Maltese Falcon and The Glass Key, for the George Kelley Paperback and Pulp Fiction Collection database, Lockwood Library, University at Buffalo.


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