THE EVER CHANGING WEB

Although my education was solely in print design, I used resources on the internet to teach myself various web scripting languages so that I could earn a living freelancing. During my seven years(and counting) of freelance work I have been privileged to take part in a variety web projects incorporating many different styles and platforms. Much of my work is for the video game industry as I am a fan, but my experience and skillset are not limited to any one style or genre. I have worked with clients by designing sites, advertising, and building with html, css, javascript, php, WordPress, and flash/actionscript.

Often the video game sites on which I worked were built in Adobe Flash as it allowed for good looking animations and video effects. Flash was the go-to platform with many entertainment related websites for these reasons, but the boom of mobile devices that do not support flash, the need for responsive design, the advancement of "Html 5", and the desire for SEO(seach engine optimization) has essentially killed flash in the eyes of many. My clients have followed this transition and I have been building html sites for them with javascript and css animations utilizing libraries like jquery and greensock js. However, Flash has not been completely abolished as it is still strongly prominent in web advertising. In fact the majority of work I have done for Escape Pod9 has been creating animated flash ad campaigns in which the true skill lies in maintaining good animation and image quality while often having to keep the file sizes under 50k. For some perspective, an average single high quality image at the same dimensions of these animated ads can run 100k or more by themselves, and I am creating entire animated sequences with many different images. In the list below you will find some examples of these animations as well as rich media samples that involved building what equates to a Flash mini-website that users can interact with to view videos and get directed to ordering platforms.

In addition to flash and html, I have also either worked with clients existing WordPress sites, or have set up clients with WordPress as a content management system for easy updates and flexibility. Many people may think of Wordpress as a simple blogging platform, but in the hands of the right designer it can be so much more. Using custom fields I have been able to customize the back end to accomodate any content and building my own themes allows me to design sites you would never expect are running off WordPress. For example, though I am not able to elaborate yet, I am in the process of wrapping up WordPress project for a certain famous blue hedgehog.

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  • "Nate is not only a great designer, but an incredibly fast one. His turnaround times are amazing, and in the fast-paced digital world, it's good to have someone like this that you can count on in a tight spot."

    -Brent Phillips, VP of Digital Strategy at SourceAudio.com
  • "Nathan is a great graphic designer. He has a lot of original ideas and can be counted on to complete the job."

    -Kristin Mahaffey Foldvik, Sr. Global Program & Events Manager at Blackbaud
  • "Third. is just rediculous how good he is."

    -This Guy,

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