Online Productions 2002 - Present
Web Producer, Architect, User Interface Designer, Web application
developer, Business Analyst for small businesses, special
interest groups, organizations and entertainers. Projects
uniquely tailored to fit the client and their needs.
Access Presto! specializes in custom projects for clients
with unique requirements. Projects range from the marketing
of creative individuals and their products to technical writing.
Sandia National Laboratories/CA 1998 - 2002
Initially hired as web graphics and multimedia specialist
working with staff webmaster.
- At that time SNL/CA had no cohesive concept of how they
could exploit the web either to streamline their daily processes
or market themselves via the web.
- My responsibilities quickly evolved to web site designer/
web producer. In this capacity web designer meant information
architecture design, navigation structure design and user
interface design as well as the design of the look and feel.
- I acted a primary liaison to the client and managed the
Most of the clients had no previous web production experience.
Part of my mission was to educate them and empower them to
be able to recognize and define when and where their work
could be enhanced by exploiting web technologies and using
web based applications.
- This required that I act as an educator regarding the
- It was imperative that I be articulate in leading them
through the entire process from initial concept to completion.
- Together we defined functional specifications.
- I was responsible for all project documentation.
- Additionally, I lead them through determining maintenance
processes and schedule.
- I also worked with Student Interns who had no web experience,
other than as users, and had no background in the business
area or research area they were assigned to.
- public and intranet websites
- web based applications supporting both business and research
- online training
- transition of printed processes and standards documentation
- customized project management
- customized committee sites
- multimedia presentations
- sites supporting special events with public registration,
collection of juried papers, and management processing
In Aug. 2000, became the only web production manager when
staff webmaster left department. Added duties:
- Search for and hiring of entry level independent contractors
who later became full-time staff contractors.
- Development of web team and processes.
- Training and mentoring entry level web designers.
- Production management of projects executed by additional
- Enlightening new department manager about the use of the
web and production processes.
Portfolio Projects are listed on chronological order ending
with the most recent.
Note: Many of the projects at SNL/CA were developed for
use on a restricted access intranet. Some were done for classified
applications. I cannot use these in a portfolio.
1998 - 99
- Replaced an 8 hour stand up training class that is required
of personnel before they are allowed to work in the laser
- In the first six months of implementation it saved the
Labs $24,000 in expenses (not counting man hours saved).
- This course later was adopted corporate wide.
The Project Manager functioned as the liaison between the
content producers and myself as the web producer.
- the architecture for the site
- determined through consultation with the corporate
computer tech support staffs and collaboration with
the programmer assigned to me
- the navigation structure
- the look and feel, and
- processed all the graphics and photos.
- The course is devised to allow the scientist/engineer
to take the training at their convenience, one module at
- The web based databases and the CGI engine and interface
to Oracle HR data base created by programmer Bill Dissly
run the quizzes and track a the users progress through the
- Upon successful completion of all the quizzes for all
the modules, the user is issued an online dated certificate
- The completion information is then entered into the HR
required training tracking data base.
Unfortunately, due to copyrights, I am not able to use the
videos that are included in the course in the portfolio version.
Their impact as an integrated part of the course is profound.
50th Anniversary Open House:
Public Site (targeted to SNL/CA Family audience) and intranet
site for project management. Included visitor badge registration
forms for US citizens and foreign nationals and production
tracking for exhibits. Each exhibit required sign-off by buildings
and grounds, safety, fire marshall, medical, environmental
safety and project manager. All this was handled through online
forms and dynamically
generated reports. To realize this project I worked with
programmer Bill Dissly. The sample here does not included
the final version of the 2nd page in which all the balloons
functioned as pop-up images. This site was developed with
the Sandia Day Program Manager in consultation with the committees
from each administrative department and research laboratories
Hydride Research Database: International Resource Data
base, hosted by SNL/CA. This is a rework and update of an
earlier version. The focus of the research is on all aspects
of how hydrogen acts upon all other materials. Database and
Search Forms updated to use FileMaker Pro4 Web Companion Server.
This project was entirely designed and executed by me in consultation
with the appointed representatives of the International Energy
Agency. I maintained the site until I left. The client's technical
criteria for look and feel: it must run quickly on a Quadra
650 Macintosh on a 28.8 dial-up connection and a 648x480 screen.
1999 - 2002
Development of Laboratory "Center" Sites. No determination
had been made, prior to my being asked to tackle the problem,
on a site wide basis, what the format of the laboratories'
presence on the public web would be and how that might be
integrated into normal business administrative practices and
Additionally, there was a need to meet the corporate mandate
to focus on 2 primary missions with the public presence:
- to market products developed at SNL/CA
- to recruit new world class talent to replace an aging
The initial Center project was for the Materials
and Engineering Sciences Center .
I designed the architecture, the look and feel and executed
all the graphics and built all the pages. I worked with a
to develop content based on PowerPoint presentations created
by laboratory staff for stand up presentations at meetings.
The architecture map for this site is cylindrical and can
only be viewed in real time and space. Stage 2 was executed
by contract web designers I recruited.
The client requested that this site was carefully designed
to download over 28.8 modems and to be viewed on monitors
at 640 x 480 and larger. The site includes an integration
of the intra and extra net site, with no duplication of pages.
Underneath it runs a
Web Maintenance Engine , designed by me and executed by
programmer Bill Dissly, which makes it possible to easily
update and maintain information that it repeated in different
formats in many different locations with in the site. The
Web Maintenance Engine combines daily business record keeping
functions with the generation of web site content. Additionally,
it includes the bibliographical
data base for the department and a digital
2000 - 2002
Research Facility Center Site: The look and feel was designed
by the resident technical artist. The initial architecture
was established by the Technical Communications staff webmaster.
Just as active production was to begin on this project the
staff webmaster left the department. I then fine tuned the
details of the site structure were then worked out with the
project manager, who is a tech writer. "Going public
deadline" was 2 1/2 months away. This coincided with
a cluster of production on the Materials and Engineering Sciences
site and a 1 month build time for the LEAP Campaign. I recruited
entry level web designers as contractors to help with the
rapidly increasing work load.
The technical criteria from the client was that the site
should "dazzle people from big corporations, with T1
connections on 17" monitors running at 1024 x 768 and
at least 16 bit color out of the water".
The total production team grew to include:
- 2 techwriters
- 1 technical illustrator
- 3 entry level web designers
- 1 photographer
- 1 cinematographer
- 1 video editor
- 1 programmer
I built the level one and level two pages for the site and
most of the level three pages. Browser proofing the front
page was an accomplishment on a major scale.
Under my guidance, one of the entry level web designers took
over webmastering the site in collaboration with the tech
writer assigned to the center. An additional technical illustrator
was added to the group to make it a 3 person full time team,
plus 3 to 4 student interns who also work on the site.
Campaign: SNL/CA's annual charity fundraising campaign.
The presentation was placed on the public server to facilitate
the participation of retired staff. It is integrated with
a Lotus Domino database which registers and tracks all the
contribution pledges that lives on the intra net. The look
and feel was designed by the staff technical illustrator.
I built the web site. Programmer Bill Dissly created the donation
Information Systems Center Site: The look and feel was
designed by the resident technical artist. I designed the
architecture in collaboration with the center staff project
liaison. I established the page structure and built the top
level and second level pages. Two entry level web designers
also worked on building 3rd level pages. The targeted user
is on at least a 19" monitor with resolution setting
of at least 1280 x 960 with colors set to at least 16 bit
and will have at least T1 access, per the Client's definition
of their target audience.
2001 - 2002
National Laboratories, California Corporate Site: The
look and feel was developed by a independent contractor web
designer in collaboration with me and with the new department
manager. After a failed attempt by one of the entry level
web designers to build the pages, I took over building all
the first level, second level and third level pages of the
site. This was a redesign and update of an existing site that
I had structured previously. All the look and feel graphics
were fine tuned by me.
1995 - 1997
Pioneer web production company created by George Thornally
(AFL George), one of the originating talents for AOL who,
along with forum producer Kent Fillmore, defined and developed
"the community". Presto!'s projects included a wide
range of projects from the marketing of individual
creative talents to an Online
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