I first began creating websites using Frontpage and GoLive before moving onto Dreamweaver. I now work with Dreamweaver and web-based applications. When designing web pages, I am most interested in sustainability for users–those people who will be charged with maintaining the website after my design work is done–which is why I often prefer web-based applications.
For example, I used WordPress to design a website for the Illinois State Writing Program, shown in the screenshot at left below, and I used Weebly to design a website for Harvard Park Elementary School’s Summer Library Program, shown in the screenshot at right below. (I use screenshots here because these sites were designed for clients, so any existing live versions of these sites now reflect the work of the current webmaster.)
I include below a listing of some my online work with a link and a brief description of each.
- This Risk Communication site was the main conversation space for my Spring 2014 course of the same name.
- Visual Culture and the Alice Books, published in Xchanges journal, makes apparent a long history of multimodal reinvention (in literature and public discourse) as a means of social critique.
- Mediating My Selves – This site served as the required graduate project for English 351: Hypertext. It explores my creation, mediation, and maintenance of online identities.
- Reading Public Bodies – This site was created in place of the more traditional thesis when I earned my master’s degree in 2009. It’s static; I don’t change or update it unless there is a copyright issue requiring alterations.
- RSISU – I created this site in my capacity as a founding member of the Rhetoric Society of America chapter at Illinois State. Although RSISU has since moved its web presence to a different platform, I’ve kept this site up as an example of my use of Dreamweaver.
- A History of The Indianapolis 500 – This site was created for English 351: Hypertext, and you may see it referred to as the Identity Project in some of my blog entries for that class. It was intended to practice alternative navigational methods. While my interest in the Indy 500 continues, I am keeping this site static for now.
- Poaching and Prescription – This site part of a project for English 351: Hypertext, and you may see it referred to as the Creation Project in some of my blog entries for that class. The site is built using the content of my final paper from English 467: Race, Rhetoric, and Technology. It was a companion document to my presentation at the 2011 Computers and Writing Conference.
- This is the electronic portfolio I created as part of my application for the Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Award, which I won in 2010-2011.
- Web portfolio – This site is an online portfolio of my design projects. Although I have worked as a document designer and I do take freelance jobs, the site was actually created as a project for English 351: Hypertext, and you may see it referred to in some of my blog entries for that class.
- Web Critique 1 & Web Critique 2 & Web Critique 3 – These sites were created for English 351: Hypertext. The class required several critiques of other websites, and I chose to do my critiques in digital formats.
- ISU English 101 – A site for managing English 101: Composition as Critical Inquiry.
- Introduction to Professional and Technical Writing I – This is the most recent site I have used to supplement–you guessed it!–English 249: Introduction to Professional and Technical Writing I.
- Writing in the Academic Disciplines – I use this site as a supplement to my English 145: Writing in the Academic Disciplines course.
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