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The Alaska Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC), a program of the Alaska Small Business Development Center, assists businesses that sell goods and services to the federal, state and local government agencies.
This project focused on promoting PTAC's workshops and procurement support services to a growing population of Alaskan businesses. Links from workshop pages connect visitors to a workshop reservation system. It's a rather vibrant and energizing look for an industry that can be dominated by drab versions of red, white & blue. And it looks nice on your iPhone.
Cook Inlet Tribal Council (CITC) is a tribal nonprofit organization that annually assists over 9,000 Alaska Native and American Indian people with a wide range of education, employment, family and recovery services.
The design honors their impressive graphic identity standards. Highlights of the site include quick and clear access to program descriptions, an easy-to-manage system for news and program highlights, social media integration, an email campaign system, and custom integration with their existing donor management system.
LeadDog Consulting provides GIS data, map and other location-based products to a worldwide customer base of enterprises, governments, media, institutions and intelligence efforts. The challenges of this project centered around information architecture – they offer map products for over 200 countries – and of maintaining the search engine ranking they had achieved through past efforts.
In addition to meeting the SEO goals, the site includes engaging interactive features that provide a sense of immediacy and responsiveness, and allow visitors to get deep into the site with minimal clicks. An easy-to-administer system for adding map previews makes publishing a quick task for their staff.
Alaska Growth Capital, a subsidary of ASRC, is a leader in economic development finance that provides commercial loans and business consulting to urban and rural clients. The top goal of their redesign project was to clarify their services and expertise, while reinforcing their social value of working in under-served communities in urban and rural areas, in Alaska and beyond. This website is also optimized for mobile devices.
Sini Salminen provided the highly-polished visual creative.
The Alaska Design Forum presents lectures and programs that aim to expand horizons and introduce ideas for art and architecture. In the summer of 2009, I joined the Forum's board of directors.
I created this site to better communicate Forum events, as well as share the rich history and accomplishments of this all-volunteer organization. Each year's design update reflects the season poster (which is created by the talented Karen Larsen).
This site is also optimized for mobile devices.
Within The Wild is a family of three remote, full-service adventure lodges. Their diverse goals were centered around a collection of messages unique to their philosophy, their offerings and their audiences. Further, we needed to differentiate their lodges, establish the wide range of adventure activities available, and reinforce their incredible culinary emphasis (for the cuisine provided to guests, as well as cooking classes).
The site includes numerous slideshows (that show off their excellent collection of photography), a blog for sharing both recipes as well as stories from their lodges, and several other key interactive features. This project was my fifth such collaboration with graphic designer Sini Salminen.
ASRC Construction Holding Company (ACHC) leads a family of construction subsidiaries that provide turnkey solutions across Alaska, across the U.S. and around the world. ACHC needed inaugural or redesigned websites for itself and its subsidiaries.
In collaboration with Sini Salminen, who created ACHC's graphic identity as well as the distinctive interface design, we delivered seven websites that establish the collective capacity and strength of the family of companies, while still clarifying the individual services, value and experience of each subsidiary.
The Alaska SBDC wanted to re-invigorate it's online presence, both visually as well as with the messages delivered. For their website redesign, we focused on differentiating their wide array of services and programs, better serving their geographically-dispersed audience, and communicating their many successes.
Since the redesign, I've continued to work with the Alaska SBDC on projects that broaden and expand their online services. We've implemented a self-service tools area, hooked up a third-party workshop reservation system, and are monitoring visitor metrics to ensure that online efforts are showing meaningful use.
This annual fundraising event began after Hurricane Katrina, when local chefs & restaurants donated their time & talents to raise money for the American Red Cross of Alaska. As a volunteer, I created this website to better market the event to both sponsors and the public.
In 2009 the event transitioned from an indoor event to an outdoors street party, and we were feeling good about attendance tripling from 2008. In subsequent years, attendance grew another 60% to nearly 2,000. Everyone involved – volunteers, chefs, sponsors, attendees, Red Cross staff, and ATIA partners – are looking forward to next year.
The Alaska Conservation Foundation (ACF) is the only public foundation dedicated to conservation in Alaska, connecting committed donors to grassroots conservation groups.
In addition to reinforcing ACF's unique role, this project needed to account for various audiences, including returning & potential donors, grantees, and peer groups. Local and national conservation news reaffirms that ACF has their "ear to the ground". Built upon the WordPress CMS, ACF can easily manage site content.
This project was another collaboration with Sini Salminen, who provided the engaging visual creative.
I'd worked with Bettisworth North Architects and Planners back in 2007, launching a website redesign that was driven by a substantial re-branding effort. In 2010, Bettisworth was still happy with the general look and feel, but wanted a design update to address a handful of discrete goals.
Our primary focus was the creation of an interactive portfolio experience that showcases the depth and breadth of their work.
REAP is a coalition of stakeholders working to facilitate the development of renewable energy. They needed on online presence that clearly illuminated the Project for what it is – the leading voice and resource at the epicenter of Alaska’s movement. This project was a collaboration with Sini Salminen, who provided the visual creative.
We sat down with the REAP team and learned about their priorities, strengths and opportunities – and were thus able to craft and implement a solid strategy. We succeeded in balancing many levels of messages and information, including a news blog and an events calendar.
McCool Carlson Green approached me with an intriguing vision: they wanted a website that was composed of unfolding nodes of information, presented with a sophisticated level of animation and interactivity.
We worked together to develop the “red box” concept. More than five years later, the site remains pleasing and informative. Of particular interest is the portfolio, which displays multiple levels of information in a highly interactive experience.
I worked with the Anchorage Park Foundation from it’s inception in 2004, creating it’s first and only website. In that time, the Foundation has raised over $17 million and has helped rally an annual average of 80,000 volunteer hours.
Most websites show their age within 3 years or so, and the longevity of this site is testimony to the solid interface and technical foundation that has accommodated years of growth. The design also included the “hanging leaf” theme that has since become part of the Foundation’s graphic identity.