National Author Promotion

The local coffeehouse I work for was happy to host a booksigning for acclaimed author Lee Child. There was a ton of information I had to fit into a poster (including debating and deciding to mention the date twice) with only a week until the event to promote it. The booksigning was a huge success.

Photo used with permission.
Photo used with permission.

Library website search function

Our library site needs to work many patrons, searching for many things, many who may have limited knowledge of the web.  The library site features many original articles and information, but is also a jumping off point to other websites and resources. I created this search function to assist patrons in finding what they need.
NOPL-searchOur original search function featured only the catalog (it is still our most popular search, so it’s the default function). This still searches the catalog, as well as library events (an external site), our library site, as well as Google for those who are searching anywhere else (this is especially useful for our library computers for patron use, which is bookmarked to open to our website).

Design website producing

Complicated here. I helped curate the website of a national design company. They already had a great design, and used Squarespace to set it up. I learned how to use Squarespace’s method of web curation and editing (which were finicky at times) which leaves the user with a clean and professional website. I was mainly involved in adding in the product pages and galleries, minor site adjustments, and making the footer section editable in a single area (instead of on each page). Here’s an example of a product page:

brownlie-screenshot

Coffeehouse Menu

In November of 2012 I used my Photoshop and photography skills to create a Menu for a local coffeehouse I work at. Some of the images used were free stock photos used with permission, some (including the cover) were my own creation. Photoshop is great for designing, but the local coffeeshop only had Microsoft Publisher, so in the Summer of 2013 I went about transferring the whole menu to Publisher so it can be edited by employees in the future.

View the full menu (in pdf form) or view page 4:

creekside_menu_web_Page_3

Library website

I’ve worked at the local library for a year now. Here’s what’s been done on the website so far.

NOPL.org website
NOPL.org website circa May 2013

Some changes since May 2012 include:

  1. Embedded Facebook “like” widget
  2. Improved webpages for LibraryFarm, NOPL Knitters, and more.
  3. Created a “Sign up for events” widget on the right nav, which uses a schedule plug-in to keep users up-to-date on upcoming events with links to sign up.
  4. Shrunk the header to take up 50% of the vertical space it had previously used, allowing more content to move “above the fold.”
  5. Made the “six colorful boxes” into css/html code (they were originally images), improving SEO.
  6. Created separate event pages and home page promotions for the “slider” (slideshow with image).
  7. Improved catalog search function to submit on hitting enter.
  8. Reduced reliance on Flickr by using image gallery plugins available for Word Press CMS webpages.

Presidents Podcast

I have currently produced and edited four podcasts on the American Presidents, a gossipy audio chat between a few non-historians with little accuracy (and sometimes a bit of willful ignorance).  The latest is on James Madison.

http://presidentspodcast.blogspot.com/

I’m in charge of the audio (using two decent mics, as well as a camera microphone for guests, recording and editing through Adobe Audition). Sometimes our dog or our heater messes up some of the audio, but overall a clear listen.

May 2013 Library promotions

Photo used with permission. Had to extend the background out to make it all fit nicely in the frame.
Photo used with permission. Had to extend the background out to make it all fit nicely in the frame.
Photo and M logo used with permission. I love designing movie posters. I created the logo used in the Movie series, as well as the cropping, the text adding, and the moving things around to look good. :-)
Photo and M logo used with permission. I love designing movie posters. I created the logo used in the Movie series, as well as the cropping, the text adding, and the moving things around to look good. 🙂

April 2013 Library promotions

Photo is in the public domain. This promotion is for a slideshow sign. I'm disappointed to add text over the crisp old photo of downtown Syracuse. In my flyer I made I'm allowed more room to feature both the text and the image.
Photo is in the public domain. This promotion is for a slideshow sign. I’m disappointed to add text over the crisp old photo of downtown Syracuse. In my flyer I made I’m allowed more room to feature both the text and the image.
Photo and clip art used with permission. Usually not a fan of clip art, but I had an idea of an atomic soccer ball. I used a soccer ball image, photoshopped to look like clip-art, and added an actual clip-art of a nucleus. Tada.
Photo and clip art used with permission. Usually not a fan of clip art, but I had an idea of an atomic soccer ball. I used a soccer ball image, photoshopped to look like clip-art, and added an actual clip-art of a nucleus. Tada.

March 2013 Library image promotions

Hooray for more clean and simple promotions!
Hooray for more clean and simple promotions!
Photo and logo used with permission. I really like this, other than the logo in the grass... couldn't decide how to deal with it, so I just glowed it to the max.
Photo and logo used with permission. I really like this, other than the logo in the grass… couldn’t decide how to deal with it, so I just glowed it to the max.
Photo used with permission. I created the logo, which was a lot of fun.
Photo used with permission. I created the logo, which was a lot of fun.
Image used with permission... very 2001, plus I featured a brain trick in the text, which I'm quite proud of.
Image used with permission… very 2001, plus I featured a brain trick in the text, which I’m quite proud of.

February 2013 Library Promotions

Photo used with permission. Had to move the two subjects apart to fit the text in, they had to angle them to keep the eye-line correct.
Photo used with permission. Had to move the two subjects apart to fit the text in, they had to angle them to keep the eye-line correct.
Photos used with permission. Tons of information and three photos.
Photos used with permission. Tons of information and three photos.
Photos used with permission or fair use.
Photos used with permission or fair use.
Photos used with permission or fair use. A lot of information and images to throw into a single promotion seen on a video screen.
Photos used with permission or fair use. A lot of information and images to throw into a single promotion seen on a video screen.
Photo used with permission. Probably one of my favorite flyers, because of how clean it is.
Photo used with permission. Probably one of my favorite flyers, because of how clean it is.
Photo and font used with permission. Actually had to photoshop it: hued it blue, cropped, and changed the dial from slightly cold to awfully chilly.
Photo and font used with permission. Actually had to photoshop it: hued it blue, cropped, and changed the dial from slightly cold to awfully chilly.
Photos used with permission. Actually three different clip arts, a simple brown bag, an easel and a single paint brush merged into this promo for a kids program.
Photos used with permission. Actually three different clip arts, a simple brown bag, an easel and a single paint brush merged into this promo for a kids program.
Photo used with permission.
Photo used with permission.

December 2012 Library Promotions

Here’s some work for December events. My job, as usual is to crop and add text.

Image used with permission.
Image used with permission.
Image used with permission. Nice images tend to make nice posters but I also like how I set up the date and time.
Image used with permission. Nice images tend to make nice posters but I also like how I set up the date and time.
Image used with permission. Lacey picked this image for herself, all I did is crop and add text.
Image used with permission. Lacey picked this image for herself.

Coffeehouse panorama

Always a nice feeling to be retroactively paid for work you did for fun. The full size of the original file is 97MB. Later featured in promotional material for the bookstore and coffeehouse.

Taken from six different images. Pretty proud of the result, minus one rag I failed to photoshop out successfully. Left in.
Taken from six different images. Pretty proud of the result, minus one rag I failed to photoshop out successfully. Left in.

Library Promotions for June 2012

Here are a few of my favorite promotions I created for NOPL in June.

BookSale-signchannel
Photo used with permission.
Photos used with permission.
Photos used with permission.
Photos used with permission.
Photos used with permission.

Photo used with permission.
Photo used with permission.