I’m an inveterately curious person. There’s little I like more than learning how to do something new. Over the past decade or so, I’ve developed an amateur interest in design, and have developed my skills by making things. Here’s a small portfolio of some of the things I’ve made.
I’ve designed and built a number of websites over the past few years, first by hand-coding in HTML and CSS, and more recently, as I’ve learned more PHP, by using WordPress. Here are some recent web projects:
Sites built with WordPress:
- Asphodel, a site which posts a weekly piece of original creative writing responding to the times in which we live.
- Council for Wisconsin Writers, a nonprofit volunteer organization supporting writers and the literary arts in Wisconsin.
- Joshua Calhoun, professor of English at UW-Madison.
- Holding History, a public humanities project centered in the UW-Madison Library’s Special Collections.
- Steel’s Magnolias, a site I initially built for a local radio show I used to host.
- Timothy Yu, professor of English and director of the Asian American Studies program at UW-Madison.
- Project1808, a nonprofit which develops community livelihood and technical capacity in Sierra Leone.
- Deserts and Lakes, a website showcasing wearable silk art (scarves and handkerchiefs).
- Personal website for Milwaukee-based photographer Jennifer Bastian.
- Professional website for Milwaukee-based photographer Jennifer Bastian.
- The website for my friend Rita Mae Reese, a poet and teacher.
Pure HTML/CSS sites
- Teaching with Technology, a public website for an online workshop series I facilitated with my coworkers at LSS.
- The website for my wife, Laurel Bastian.
- The website for The Writers in Prisons Project, a volunteer collaborative Laurel founded to benefit incarcerated men at Oakhill Correctional Institution.
- A website for our wedding in April 2012.
- A website for my dissertation director, UW-Madison English professor Lynn Keller.
- A website for former UW-Madison professor Rob Nixon, a member of my dissertation committee.
- A website for former UW-Madison profession Anne McClintock. (The first website I ever built–back when I was in library school!)
For the Writers in Prisons Project Posters:
I used to teach a poetry class for incarcerated men at Oakhill Correctional Institution as part of the Writers in Prisons Project, a volunteer collective my wife, Laurel Bastian, founded. During that time, I made a few posters to announce classes and important events.
FELIX Reading Series Posters:
When Laurel and I got married, I designed and printed save the date postcards, and took a letterpress printing class in which I was able to design and make wedding invites, RSVPs, envelopes, and a poetry booklet that we gave to guests as a wedding favor. You can see a gallery of these projects below:
You can read more about the process for these projects in the Wedding Planning Series on my blog.