David Rhoden: web development
I'm primarily a front-end developer with expertise in visually implementing web designs, but I also have back-end experience on all kinds of websites. My main back-end language is PHP, but I have also worked in Ruby on Rails (and a tiny bit in Django/Python) and have a lot of experience working on sites built with the .net framework.
I was the sole developer on this site for a small New York-based animation company.
Nearly everything on the page is animated in some way. Really, it's too much. The site uses AJAX to load the case studies. I had to build custom scrollers for the case studies that were longer than the space allotted. Also, the video reel was done as HTML5 video with custom controls and a Flash fallback.
It's all built on top of Wordpress, believe it or not.
DBSTL timesheet shamer
I was the sole developer on this site for an Austin-based advertising agency.
We were looking for a way to urge employees to get timesheets in more promptly without taking a Big-Brotherish approach. We decided on gentle public shaming.
If nobody is late, the shames are replaced by random pet pictures. Also, there's a little easter egg: if you click on the clock image at the top of the page, you get to see a graphic representation of each employee's timesheet status, which is actually kind of useful.
Website for a member of the He-Man Vodka Haters Club.
His other books are good too. Go to the site to find out more.
I did all the design and development on this site.
AT&T: The Innovators
I've included this because it's recent, and illustrative of the sort of problems I was called upon to solve at the ad agency.
The design was handed to me on my first day on the job. It was already overdue. The task was to make it into a website, with the text about the "innovators" displaying on hover. When I asked how the hover should be implemented on mobile devices, I discovered there was no plan for mobile. The designer and art director assumed the site would be done in Flash.
In the end I implemented the site in HTML without the use of Flash, and managed to get it pretty presentable on mobile devices (which is, after all, the end product we were selling.)
Hurray For The Riff Raff
I did all the design and coding for this responsive website for a major-label recording artist.
It's a custom theme built on top of a Wordpress back end.Go to the Hurray For The Riff Raff site (archived)
I did the front-end development for this funny-named New York City-based startup providing couponing services for independent grocers and producers. It was really well done but it didn't find funding and it has now disappeared from the internet entirely. It was an excellent idea, and I think the founder gave up too soon.
The back end was done in the PHP framework CodeIgniter.
American Express Travel
As a front-end developer with iSeatz, I worked closely with the New York City design firm whose design we were implementing on the American Express travel site. I also worked to make our front-end code consistent across hotel, car and air purchases.
I also worked for about a year at an all-digital New York City advertising agency called MRM Worldwide (now MRM//McCann). I worked on sites for Crown Royal, Smirnoff, and the U.S. Army.
I did lots of CSS and jQuery on this unique interface.
Red Bull Manny Mania
A "manny" is some kind of skatingboard trick you can do without a ramp or something. This was a site that let you vote on who did the best ones. I did the coding and connected up the database to count the votes. There was some IP tracking to sorta stop people from stuffing the box. There was a lot of video on this site too.
One thing I remember about this job is I was working out of a really nice office in Soho, and I would bike over the Williamsburg Bridge to get there. Also, Red Bull sent us a Red Bull fridge for our office that was unfortunately full of Red Bull. None of the three devs who worked there enjoyed it, contradicting a stereotype. Every once in a while, we would throw some cans in the trash.
I spent about a year working for The Frisky, which was a Turner Broadcasting property at the time.
The site was aimed at 18-39 year old women. Every once in a while they would do a story that required a photograph of a generic male, for which I was sometimes pressed into action, so, technically, I am a male model. I remember I was the cover boy for an article called "Fixer-Upper Men: Are They Worth It?"
I liked this job a lot. The technology was Expression Engine, which I still think is the best blog CMS. They kept trying to convert it to Drupal and it just didn't work. It worked so well in EE and it was easy to make seasonal content or other kinds of custom stuff.
I was one of two front-end developers on this early entry in the fast food pre-order game, working for a company called GoMobo (now named Olo), competing mostly with Seamless Web. I applied "skins" to our white-label ordering site, and set up Photoshop files to create new skins quickly for prospective clients.
The back end was .NET.
Amber Sexton Photography
A custom weblog based on Expression Engine and a custom CMS for photos for this Brooklyn-based photographer. The site employs David DeSandro's popular Masonry plug-in for the home page's responsive photo display.
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