Please note that as a full-time employee for my entire career, my portfolio just represents my side work which is mainly for fun, for friends and family.

Recent Sites

2015
Web Designer

As is my tradition now with #AsburyAgile, I refresh my personal website each year around the conference. New design uses the Moesia theme with a panorama shot from the conference. Also a new companion website I created for the Human-Computer Interaction course I am teaching at Rutgers University. This uses the Panaroma theme which has some pretty slick interaction design on the homepage (although it is mouse-dependent).

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Harvest Moon Brewery and Cafe, New Brunswick, NJ

2015
Web Designer

With a fresh new look inside the restaurant, including refinished floors and a new coat of paint, it was time to freshen up the site as well! This new theme features a wood grain background which evokes the restaurant, includes 3 featured monthly events above the fold, and incorporates more relevant branding to highlight their unique offerings!

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PALE ALES Homebrew Club, Princeton, NJ

2015
Web Hosting

A great group of people with an awesome hobby – making your own beer!

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PintPair.com, New Jersey

2015
Web Designer

Mike came to me with a ton of great content and a WordPress shell that made everything fall flat. I helped him spice it up with a new theme and advanced use of categories, tagging, and featured images.

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Color Me Beautiful Photography, Manahawkin, NJ

2014
Web Manager

I assisted Color Me Beautiful Photography in transitioning and consolidating hosting/service providers so that they could launch their new website and have everything under one control panel. A reluctant domain registrar made this one particularly tricky and slow!

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Let Them Send Cake, Atlanta, GA

2014
Web Developer

I hosted and implemented an e-commerce site for a friend with an awesome new product – mailable birthday cards that look like a slice of cake!


Harvest Moon Brewery and Cafe, New Brunswick, NJ

2013
Web Designer

I assisted Harvest Moon in updating the theme and graphics for a fresh look and cleaner design.

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Princeton Public Library, Princeton, NJ

2013
Strategic Planning

I facilitated a half-day retreat in which each department at the library discussed their projects and technology needs. Working with the IT staff, we identified priorities, categories and themes, and discussed feasibility of various approaches. The information gathered in this retreat was used to formulate a 3 year technology plan and a presentation to the board.

 

SweetsByKaren.com

2013
Web Developer

When a friend needed to upgrade their web presence, I was more than happy to help. Within 5 hours we had spun up a new WordPress install, identified a free theme, customized the color palette, and transferred all of the content to the new site! We also incorporated a social media bar to make it easier for customers to share their special cakes with their friends.

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Harvest Moon Brewery and Cafe, New Brunswick, NJ

2012
Web Developer

I assisted Harvest Moon in transitioning to a modern content management system and provided a full graphic redesign of their site. Developed in consultation with the owner and head brewer, with a primary focus on providing a mobile experience for customers via a responsive theme, the site was launched in January 2013.

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Harvest Moon Brewery and Cafe, New Brunswick, NJ

2011
Web Developer

I built a custom web application in PHP/MySQL to handle brewery management including recipe storage, brew sheets, and tax reporting.

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