JEREMY MINNICK : I like making things
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    Mosaic Bowl

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    Mosaic Bowl

    This is my favorite dish for eating. Aside from it being really pretty, it's a big-ass bowl. Perfect for cereal, pasta, chili, and order-in Chinese.

    Much like the tiger plate this was done at a paint your own pottery place. This time, however, it was created over a series of dates with LeeAnne (because it took forever).

    There are two important themes in this piece: Mosaics and the Sun.

    I love sunshine. I am solar-powered. Sun-based art also has a natural association with beautiful color and heat contrasts. So in my desire to have a colorful, easy design that fits a large circle - Bingo!

    I also really like mosaics. The ideas of lots of small, completely independent pieces coming together to form a larger object is so interesting to me. I explored this style of AP Art with wire sculptures and bead sculptures.

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    Dinner 4 You

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    Dinner 4 You

    This client had an existing site that wasn't working for them. They had hired a previous developer that had just gotten in over his head.

    I used the bones of the existing site and rebuilt both their entire backend system and the front end brand presentation.

    On the back end they had a way to manage meals, create the monthly menus, manage the orders and the customers.

    On the front end, I built a nice menu ordering system.

    The site was great but in the end they decided to close the business and pursue other opportunities.

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    MS Paint Tiger

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    MS Paint Tiger

    This isn't impressive by contemporary standards, but it is worth noting as my very first cg project.

    In 1990 my family had a Compaq 486 (386?) in the basement that I'd use for typing or drawing. It had Windows 3.1 and MS Paint (which only had 28 colors - screen attached).

    I had no computer or graphic design instruction by this point (I was 12) so I just applied the same ideas about drawing on paper to drawing on a computer.

    I loved tigers back then and I figured drawing something that was orange WITHOUT ORANGE would be a fun challenge (yes, challenges are fun even to 12-year-old me).

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    Atl. Driving Exp.

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    Atlanta Driving Experience

    This was a project I did with Bert Carroll. The idea was very cool.

    A company in Atlanta shipped in some Ariel Atoms (which are amazing) and they sold track time and lessons. They needed a site to show off the cars and sell the time slots.

    I built the site using a purchased framework that I then customized the design. The backend is built on Tigeradmin and has a custom calendar and check out cart system.

    Overall and good project.

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    Trim & Molding

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    Trim & Molding

    I like clean lines, nice wood work and visual interest. I think molding and trim frame in nicely the walls and living spaces in your home.

    This is some of my work in my own house. I did the chair rail and faux-panel molding in the dining room. The built in shelf in the family room and the hanging lamps and anchored plaque inside the arch.

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    Event Reg. Software

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    Custom Event Registration Software

    Due to my involvement in the events industry through Map Dynamics, i've been asked to build a number of event registration software pieces for various companies.

    Each of these has a different registration and payment model, often involving attendees, vendors, sponsors, booth purchasing, or some sort of invoice manager system.

    I've taken these types of projects on because it's a way to see how Map D might eventually move into this space and it's always fun new types of software.

    They are all completely custom and have a front end and back end component. All LAMP-based frameworks.

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    Norcross 3D Map

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    Norcross 3D Map

    When JHMG was contracted to build the website for the City of Norcross, one of their requests was a 3D map of the city that would be fun to use and gave visitors a way to not only see what was downtown, but what spaces in downtown were available for rent.

    Clearly this was a project in my wheel house and we agreed to take it on.

    It was the first time I had ever done a 3D map and I used Google Sketchup, ariel maps and lots of pictures I got to take while riding in a bucket truck.

    This was also my first opportunity to work with interactive maps and cities again. Two of my professional passions.

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    Map Dynamics

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    Map Dynamics

    Map Dynamics is the second company I've started with Jason but this one is structured as a Software-as-a-Service. It's focused on selling the product ExpoRep (it has its own tab)

    I have learned the model is not entirely different from the service model of JHMG but there are some very distinct differences and challenges such as defining a target market and then getting your message right. It's been a really great blend of applying my software development and business analysis skills.

    While I'm the CEO, I focus most of my time on product development and business growth.

    Big bonus, I LOVE working with associations and my team has been incredible.

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    Class Manager

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    UGA RecSports Class Manager

    RecSports was a project I bid and won early in my career at JHMG. One of the great aspects about this project is that the had a large need for custom software.

    The main piece I spent the most time on was the Class Manager. It doesn't represent my best design work (as it was started early in my career), but it did have a big impact. It played a huge role in how the entire Recreational Sports Department at UGA managed their class roles and sales information internally. It was also used administratively and at the Cashier's Window when registering walk-in students.

    The class data also integrated directly into the website (that I built) and the mobile app (that I built)

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    Tigeradmin CMS

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    Tigeradmin Content Management System

    I don't want to sully all programmers everywhere, but we're all lazy. None of us want to do repetitive tasks like update something small on a website manually over and over again.

    Enter Content Management. A way to give our users the control they need without having to bug us.

    Tigeradmin has been a work in progress for over ten years. Not because it has never been completed, but because there were always new ideas or techniques to try. It was an exercise in constant refinement of my own abilities and a way to explore new ideas.

    Eventually the need to rebuild a ten-year-old program was stronger than the desire to maintain the current codebase and so the next iteration is the SaaS Admin.

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    WNC Website Rebuild

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    Wood n Choices website rebuild

    Wood-n-Choices is the first project I did that used a paid-for design template (that I customized) and my work was focused nearly 100% on strategy.

    WNC's peers were all closing their doors due to competition from larger brands and big box stores. I felt that if we could bring the brand's image inline with more contemporary aesthetics (think Haverty's, Pottery Barn) and implement better navigation that has been proven to generate click-throughs and custom contacts - it could be a success.

    So I did just that and while I don't have any of the business information, his page clicks and contact submissions doubled in a matter of months after launching the new site.

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    Chuck Wolf

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    Chuck Wolf's Photo Design Bar

    I was lucky to be part of a project for Chuck Wolf. At the time, this was by far the most challenging and interesting web project I had encountered.

    I was the only developer, charged to:
    - Build a backend portal for managing the website content
    - Build a backend portal for managing customer and financial data
    - Build an in-store POS system
    - Build a calendar and class management system that tied with in with the financial and customer management system.
    - Integrate a CDN for the user files management
    - Build a REST API so that data could flow between their site, their two admin portals as well as third party software packages
    - Integrate all of this into the website.

    Technologically daunting. Even more so that it was just me doing the programming and within 4 to 5 months.

    I am very proud of the resulting work.

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    Lizard Tree

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    Lizard Tree

    This was an AP art project. I don't remember the assignment, possibly a mixed-media. But I loved the idea. I played with color transitions in the background with contrasting paint dots to aid in that transition.

    This piece is the beginning of my interest in the lizard and pointilism motifs.

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    Dinner Table

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    Table for Jason's Farm

    This is probably the fastest I've ever built a piece of furniture before.

    LeeAnne and I host Christmas dinner every year and we needed a large table. Coincidentally, Jason moved into a farm house and needed a new kitchen table. So I built this for him and did an initial "test run" over Christmas dinner.

    It's built out of 2x4's that I ripped into 1 inch pieces then glued them together to form the top.

    The under frame and legs are solid oak.

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    Apts. Map

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    Apartments and Floorplans Map

    JHMG signed Barrett Properties and as part of the project, they wanted an interactive floorplans builder and Property map. This was my second 3D mapping project.

    In addition to that 3D map, I built a system that integrated a dozen or so apartment floorplans where users could choose a piece of furniture, place it on the map, rotate it and then print their layout.

    Very difficult but still tons of fun.

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    Painted Dinosaur

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    Painted Dinosaur

    I have a fascination for dinosaurs and reptiles in general. So when I found out you can buy the wooden skeletons in a larger format I got really excited.

    For this particular skeleton, I wanted to paint it and because I really dig the style of the Oaxacan wood carvings in central Mexico I wanted to do something similar in style. Very vibrant colors with intricate designs of lines and dots.

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    Tiger Plate

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    Ceramic Tiger Plate

    During one of my summers in college I managed a "Paint Your Own Pottery" studio in Roswell, GA. Nice place, not a lot of traffic. The owner was well intentioned but didn't advertise and rarely bought enough green-ware to satisfy customers.

    Needless to say, I had some down time and in that down time I would paint.

    This is my first ever painted pottery. An 8" plate.

    I had a picture of a tiger and I wanted to make something that would keep me busy for days while I was there. Lots of detail and due to the medium, you had to put up to three coats of the glaze (except black) if you wanted a solid color to come through after the firing process. Having to do 3 layers also gives the artist a nice opportunity for color blending.

    Here are pictures of other pieces made during that time.

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    Disney Shirt

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    Disney Shirt

    For my extended framily (friend+family) trip to Disney I was asked to make a shirt. Since we were going go through all the parks at Disney World, I thought the theme of "Disney World Tour" was pretty appropriate.

    Found the Disney font and put the design together. Each family had this design and a specific color of shirt.

    I've done many shirt designs but this is my favorite.

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    Fireplace Mantel

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    Fireplace Mantel

    This is actually in Sam and Amanda Cook's home (The Cookery). Amanda had a specific idea for a mantel and as part of the deal of me building it, I got to rip out the old one (because that's fun).

    The design was simple, using beveled edges and clean lines. Inside the mantel was tiled using a shiny, sparkly tile that Amanda picked out.

    She painted the bricks to match other colors in the house and I built the mantel, did the tiling and added molding across the top and the bottom.

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    ExpoRep Booth

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    ExpoRep Booth

    After lugging around a foldable booth to a dozen or so shows, we opted for the pull-up banners.

    This is the third booth design for Map D (Expo Rep), the second one that I've done.

    This design is very strategic. It's meant to address very specific concerns.

    First, it's in brand and on message. The right banner starts with "Generate More Revenue" with the expectation that this will catch interest. It's just meant to get a conversation started and so I chose to address the benefits rather than the features.

    Secondly, this works for a 10' by 10' space, but you can remove the right banner and place the left and middle banner behind a 6' table (at networking events), to act as a smaller display.

    And lastly, it's pretty. It's meant to look clean, professional and engaging.

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    ExpoRep Folder

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    ExpoRep Folder

    This is the second folder design I've done, the first for any of my own businesses.

    We wanted something that looked nice and immediately spoke to the benefits of the product.

    This folder has a pocket and will serve as packaging for various inserts. We'll be using this at our tradeshows for one target group and in mailers for other targets.

    Printer: GotPrint.com

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    SAIS Portal

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    SAIS Accreditation Portal

    This is another big project I've had the fortune to be part of.

    Working under Damian Kavanagh at the Southern Association of Independent Schools, I've had the opportunity to build out an software portal for use by their organization to aid in their school accreditation and review process.

    It's a decent size project with a custom administrative portal for system administrators. A private portal for use by schools and school administrators to collaborate together on the accreditation materials, and then a notifications and print-to-PDF archiving system.

    It's been a lot of fun and a great learning opportunity.

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    Map D Website

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    Map D Website

    I've spent years building and rebuilding the Map Dynamics websites. Since it is the key entry point for potential customers it has to appeal to so many business concerns.

    When starting Map Dynamics I had 10+ years experience building projects but not as much in optimizing them.

    This has been an invaluable opportunity to learn about:
    - Content Marketing
    - Consumer Buying Cycle
    - Analytics Analyzation
    - Content Optimization
    - Branding
    - Search Engine Optimization
    - Content Flow (as relates to a sales funnel)
    - Google Ads
    - Cognitive Bias (related to design)

    It's a never-ending game of testing ideas, optimizing, repeat. I really enjoy it.

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    Wooden Coasters

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    Wooden Coasters

    When my grandpa passed away, my dad gave me a number of his tools along with several pieces of exotic woods.

    In my desire to find something to build that didn't take up all my time and was more than "a shelf" or "a box" or any of the other more conventional wood-working projects, I thought about coasters.

    That may sound strange, but I love coasters. Not sure why, but I think it's because usually they have some cool artwork on them and they're useful.

    So I started making coasters. I've learned about all kinds of different woods, processes, and tools. It's been an enriching experience. The pictures below are of the individual steps in the process.

    My first set was made out of the wood blocks from Grandpa's shop and were gifted back to my dad and his siblings.

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    Bullwood Coasters

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    Bullwood Coasters

    Since my career is in web development, I often feel the desire to do something hands-on and creative. Having less time to do everything I'd like to do, I found a way to satisfy my desire for a hobby, something creative involving wood-working, and also having some professional development.

    Bullwood Coasters is my side art business. I sell the hand-made coasters in person and on Etsy. I'm not making a living doing this but the hobby has come close to paying for itself and I really enjoy it.

    Why bullwood? First, it's made up which means not a lot of Search Engine competition. Secondly, I figured I was going after a higher-end market and "Bull" has a a few connotations with it. Strength, sturdy, and positive market growth (bull market).

    Main Website

    Etsy Store

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    Deploy Program

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    Deploy Program

    This was a cool program I built a while ago to help me launch websites.

    By changing a few configurations I can upload a single file, access it, and then transfer (recursively) every file on one website to another website through the interface.

    I also tried to make it kinda cool looking with the green-on-black motif (ala The Matrix).

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    ExpoRep

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    ExpoRep Event Floorplan Software

    ExpoRep is an event floorplan and exhibitor management system.

    ExpoRep is the largest application I've built. It has the front end public view, the backend CMS portal and Map Editor. It has a custom mobile app, a RESTful API, a series of embed programs and a flexible registration / checkout system.

    It has been my greatest achievement as a developer and uses all of my skills.

    Technologies:
    - Flash, AS3
    - XML
    - RESTful API development
    - jQuery / Javascript
    - LAMP (backend)

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    Minnick Works

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    Minnick Works

    Minnick Works doesn't have a brand identity. It is simply the name under which I contract for my private-client web development projects.

    I like to take on private clients not only because it is financially rewarding, but it's a way to explore and learn other areas of business and other technologies.

    As much as my clients choose me, I choose them. I prefer clients that I enjoy working with and projects that provide opportunities for professional development.

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    goPT Portal

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    goPT Physical Therapy Portal

    goPT is a really smart idea brought to us by a Kendra Nelson. Her idea was to provide a tool that physical therapists currently just don't have: an extensive, contemporary library of physical therapy exercises at their fingertips.

    JHMG proper built the front-end website, I built the back-end portal and the app.

    The back-end portal allowed for therapists to log in and create customized routines using an interactive body map, drag and drop and text search. They could then assign specific routines to patients.

    Patients would log in and view videos and custom instructions for each exercise in their custom routines.

    Really cool project. LOTS of Ajax and focus on mobile-friendly development.

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    QR Codify

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    QR Codify

    QRCodify is a pet project. It's one of those pieces I've built in order to (1) have a useful tool and (2) test some concepts.

    In this case, I've opened the service up to the public and will (or have by the time you read this) created a pay service.

    Since the impact of this project is very small and I'm the client, it allows me to test ideas within the commercial space without impacting my primary business or my clients.

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    Point of Sale Software

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    Point of Sale Software

    As part of the Chuck Wolf's Photo Design Bar project, I was charged with making Point of Sale software for the store. It also had to be custom.

    Technical Challenges:
    - Anything that happened on the website needed to be able to transfer to the POS. Meaning, if a client added a class to their cart online, they needed the ability to pull up the cart in-store.
    - Once a person checked out, if there was change, the cash drawer needed to open automatically.
    - Once a person checked out, the POS needed to print the receipt.

    While the last two seem obvious, what's not obvious is that a website cannot normally speak to a piece of hardware. Web browsers don't naturally have a bridge between websites and the hardware and I ended up buying and then customizing a java applet that did that portion.

    Beyond that, the POS was beautiful and had a tremendous amount of if/then logic in the way it handled customers and purchasing.

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    Frosted Glass

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    JHM Office Frosted Glass

    This was a really fun project and was completed in one day.

    When we moved into our current office on Research Drive our conference room came with an enormous glass wall. Our first thought was to frost the entire wall but as the conversation continued, it evolved into "we need to design something."

    The JH Media Group logo has even, straight lines that made the project of taping up and painting the window easier than if it weren't. In the pictures below you can see the tape before it was cleaned with a razor blade.

    FYI, make sure there's plenty of ventilation or it will smell like you're embalming someone.

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    Mobile App Framework

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    Mobile Apps

    Because I knew my future held a lot of mobile development, I chose to create a mobile app framework that conformed to my professional needs. Specifically focusing on CMS based, REST data-driven apps (as opposed to games or entertainment).

    Unlike some of the frameworks currently available, like jQuery Mobile, I wanted this one to be lean. I use the analogy of a baseball team where everyone is sitting on the bench waiting for the coach to send them in. I didn't want the overhead of numerous unlikely-to-be-used libraries in memory.

    This framework has been used for ExpoRep mobile and Mobile Town Guide. It's very fast, extremely flexible and was built to work directly with Adobe's Phonegap product for compiling directly to the iTunes and Android app stores.

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    Mobile Town Guide

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    Mobile Town Guide

    Mobile Town Guide is an ambitious project, intended to fill a very specific niche.

    Personally, I love traveling and I love small towns. I believe in the importance of small towns and their preservation of local culture and history.

    Additionally, I'm a web programmer that builds web apps that give the user control.

    And lastly, I love software applications that provide easy access to useful data.

    Mobile Town Guide's purpose in life is to be a tool for small towns to help promote what's great about them, but using a technology format (mobile app) that contemporary travelers are familiar with and at a price (for the city) that is very affordable for small communities.

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    Nightstand

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    Nightstand

    This was my first foray into real wood working. I say "real" because it involved the combination of many learned skills beyond cutting and sanding.

    The design was a collaboration between LeeAnne and I with an effort to match the sleigh bed we had in the bedroom at the time. Specifically the feet and the rounded sides matched.

    The sides are lauan door skins heated wet and then bent across a ribbed framework. The top and sides are furniture grade aspen. The finish is bombay mahogany stain and polyurethane.

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    SaaS Admin

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    SaaS Admin

    The "SaaS Admin" is the next generation of Tigeradmin. Or more precisely, an illustration of my current Content Management skills.

    This new version features a much nicer aesthetic, responsive design across different device sizes and several new data management concepts that I had been wanting to implement for years in previous versions.

    It brings together most everything from previous admins I've built as well as concepts I've learned from other projects i've been involved with.

    It is called the "SaaS Admin" because it was built entirely to power most of my current software projects and businesses.

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    Paved Patio

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    Paved Patio

    It seems I like projects that also provide a lot of 'exercise.' Since my day-to-day involves sitting at a desk, I like to work outdoors.

    This patio took two years. Mostly because I needed free weekends and the money to buy concrete & stones. Not too mention, I had never done anything like this before.

    I built the frames and poured about 5 tons of concrete to build the base. Our back-yard is sloped so as it got thicker, I also had to put in a wire mesh to provide added stability.

    Cutting stones with a masonry blade was really exciting. Not certain why, but it felt very cool to be able to do that.

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    ExpoRep Brochure

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    ExpoRep Brochure

    This was a new format I had not previously tried but I wanted something to try something new at the tradeshows.

    We received positive response from attendees at the tradeshow and it was nice to have something simple but professional looking.

    We are always working to refine our message and narrow our targeting so this brochure will likely be replaced soon.

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    PageBuilder

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    PageBuilder

    PageBuilder was a content editing program I built and implemented for Tigeradmin. It was later adapted to the ExpressionEngine framework.

    It allows an admin user to log in to their CMS, then quickly and easily build out the structure and content of a page.

    You can add a row with up to three columns, then within each block, add a specified content type. Drag and drop, hide, edit or delete.

    It was a concept that I had not seen developed anywhere else. There will definitely be more iterations of it in the future.

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    Personal Website

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    Personal Website

    While I am the client, it's worth noting that my personal site was built by me.

    I say that because at the time it was built, there are so many do-it-yourself sites and standard formats that I wanted something that was both different and demonstrated my design + programming + creative ability.

    The purpose was (and is) only to have a gallery of projects that is easily navigable and in a format that's kinda fun to play with.

    Why the dinosaur? Because it's unique. It's visually interesting. And it's a combination of many interests: dinosaurs, wood-working, art.

    Technologies Used:
    - LAMP backend
    - Tigeradmin CMS
    - Zurb Foundation CSS/HTML framework
    - jQuery
    - prettyPhoto lightbox plugin

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    MTG Postcard

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    Mobile Town Guide Postcard

    The first in a series of 3 postcards for our initial product announcement campaign.

    This will be sent to hundreds of city and mainstreet program managers across the country. Specifically used to generate awareness of the product.

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    Cattle Auction Site

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    Cattle in Demand Auction SIte

    This was a wild project. Up to this point in my career I had not built an auction website, let alone one for cattle.

    I was very impressed with my clients (Jake and Holly) because they had a cool idea to bring together their in-person auction business online with a real-time technology component. The project also included a way to manage all the customers and auctions through a backend CMS. Instead of using Tigeradmin I chose ExpressionEngine (never again!)

    Conceptually, it was a small eBay. However, unlike eBay, it had to be built by one guy within a limited timeframe and a limited budget. That's the real challenge.

    But I got it done and they were able to successfully launch their first auction on time.

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    Dinova

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    Dinova

    My role with Dinova has changed throughout its duration. I've created or worked on various parts of the platform and ultimately narrowed my role down to being their primary web-application developer.

    I've built...
    - the CMS their restaurant search program runs on.
    - the Restaurant search for the site. (zip code search, 13,000 locations, numerous filters)
    - the RESTful partner API
    - Mobile Web App
    - iTunes App
    - Android App
    - 1 iteration of their website (temp site until marketing firm was created).

    And I regularly help with data clean up and processing.

    This project has been a tremendous opportunity for programming learning as well as professional development by working with a very fast-paced, corporate entity that values results.

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    J House Media

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    J House Media

    I feel there's very little else one can do in this world to prepare for what life has to throw at you than start and grow your own business. The vast uncertainty and volume of *stuff* you have to find a solution to or simply deal with on a daily basis can be overwhelming at times.

    I became partners with a good friend of mine in 2002 and over the course of 12 years have been a programmer, designer, CEO, salesman, support manager, janitor, marketer and systems developer. I have built or contributed as part of a team to 300+ websites and software projects during my tenure with JHMG. It's been an incredible experience.

    I love small business and growing teams. Our highest head count was 18 people and we had 400+ clients on 3 continents.

    Don't let anyone fool you; it's extremely hard to make a living running a medium-sized web company in a small town.

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    Pergola

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    Pergola

    This is definitely one of my more ambitious projects.

    The plan for the patio had always included a trellis, or an arbor. It wasn't until I saw a picture of a pergola on Pinterest that the plan had been altered.

    I saw a picture where the beams were curved going across and I loved it. So from that picture, I measured my patio's space and made some plans.

    I want it to be noted this was done completely on-the-fly and with no help. As I'm want to do, I issue personal challenges not to be boastful, but to see if I can do it.

    It must also be noted I have a very patient and supportive wife who lets me attach things onto our house.

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    MTG Booth

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    Mobile Town Guide Booth

    Because we'll be standing in front of this booth and there will be lots of people walking by, the purpose of this booth was simply to attract people based on the large visual of the mobile app and the message of "Your Town in Your Hands."

    I haven't attended enough of the municipality shows to know whether or not this design is as effective as it could be, but the first show we went to did provide many leads.

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    UGA Portal

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    UGA Athletics Academics Portal

    One of the projects I got assigned to was to help update and upgrade parts of the UGA Academics Portal. JHMG had taken the project over from a previous group and was requested to add several new components in, such as a more advanced calendaring system and a rooms check-out system.

    The system was large and complex and a great learning opportunity. We were actually third-in-line in terms of development teams on this project and were constantly trying to keep up with maintaining older code bases.

    Two of my favorite parts of this project were the calendar and the interactive rooms selector.

    The calendar was particularly challenging because it required figuring out how to display events similar to Google Calendar's display and similar point-and-click interactivity.

    I did very little design on this project but was the sole programmer and often times client liaison.

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    Paper Bird

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    Paper Bird

    I love this #$%^& bird.

    While I worked at the front desk of the Ramsey Student Center in college, I would come up with ways to entertain myself because I get bored easily. One of those ways was folding the piles of small sheets of paper laying around into interesting shapes.

    One of those shapes ended up looking like a beak or claw of some sort. So then, having previous origami skills, I created a paper balloon (pictured) and put it together. Sure enough, I created the head of a bird.

    I continued putting the bird together piece-by-piece while at work and when I got home I painted it.

    This is the first instance of this painting style within my artwork. The second is the Dinosaur.

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    Symmetry Jewelers

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    Symmetry Jewelers

    Symmetry Jewelers is a special project.

    LeeAnne, I, and our friend Nicole took a trip to New Orleans, partly to visit this jeweler, partly to visit N.O..

    While there, LeeAnne found a ring that, as she put it "I'd give up my right hand to have that on my left."

    Being a new, small business owner I didn't have any money but I did have moxie, or gusto...or maybe it was arrogance.

    I wrote to them and then took a secret trip down to New Orleans to pitch a new website to the owners (Richard and Tom). I brought up their current site and presented ways it could be improved and how I could achieve what I was selling to them.

    They agreed and I walked out the door with an engagement ring.

I would prefer my about page to be sincere, but to the point.


What I'd like you to know about me:


For my career, I am two things: A small business management professional and a private client web software developer.

I love terrible puns and Disney World.

While I do like being acknowledged and appreciated, I prefer to be behind-the-scenes. I would rather be helping to build and strengthen a team than be in front getting credit. You can do so much more when you're surrounded by people that believe in you and that you also believe in.

I have learned that providing support and guidance to someone who just wants to be better at something is extremely gratifying. I try to embody this approach when building my teams and working with peers. I have learned that some people just need someone to say "I believe in you." I do this often, and with complete sincerity. I want everyone to reach their potential.

I know the value of treating people well. No one is successful on their own. And because people skills weren't high on my list earlier in life, i've spent much of my adult life researching and studying how to work with people, learning to be more patient and compassionate. I love learning about and understanding the psychology of leadership, conflict resolution, and motivation. I think I will always be working on this.

If you have a challenging project and an unabashedly optimistic attitude that it can happen, I'd like to work with you on that project.

I work very, very hard. The journey is more important to me than the destination because that's where I get to learn and grow the most.

I deeply enjoy learning and understanding materials, processes and systemic concepts. This is why most of my hobbies involve building businesses, creating art and working with wood.

I'm a very open, honest and positive person. I want to be and am working towards being the kind of person that handles challenges and works through conflicts with strength and grace.

Beyond that, there's nothing else I feel compelled to tell you unless you would like to know.