Redesign: University of Mary Washington Homepage

Graduate Research
RUCD 120: Cognitive and Social Psychology of User Centered Design at Brandeis U, Year: Spring 2017
Final Project

For my final project, I identified a design problem, analyzed the purpose of the design and the audience, provided solutions to the design problem, and built a mockup of a redesign that creates solutions to some of the design issues. In addition, I analyzed and discussed cognitive and social psychology theories that can be applied to design, and how they are relevant to my design problem and solution.


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Division of Teaching and Learning Technologies

Division of Teaching and Learning Technologies at UMW, Year: 2016-Present
Tools: cPanel, Installation Applications Installer, WordPress (Premium theme with Visual Composer page builder), CSS

I am the site manager and digital content producer for DTLT’s website. I built the site using a premium theme, Uncode, and the page builder plugin, Visual Composer. I built a child theme for Uncode so that way I could make a few CSS changes. I’ve built eleven unique page styles, each of them serving a different purpose and trying to convey specific information in the best way possible. I also reorganized and updated the documentation guides on the website. As of March 2017, there are over 20 documentation guides that I update whenever the digital platforms and tools update. I also built the page template for our Building Blocks of Domain of One’s Own, which are a series of adaptable modules related to digital identity and understanding the web that faculty can use in their courses. In addition, I took and edited all of the head shots (I did not take mine) for my team members. In total, I manage 45 pages across the site, and have co-produced the content for all of them,

Welcome to UMW President Troy Paino

Year: Summer 2016
Tools: Black Magic cameras, green screen, lavalier microphones, Final Cut Pro X

I recorded and edited this UMW (University of Mary Washington) Faculty Development Production video as a way to welcome President Paino to the University. It features a number of faculty and staff expressing their thought on what they love about the University, and what they think the University could improve on. I edited the video using Final Cut Pro X. The video was well received by President Paino, the former Provost, Jonathan Levin, the Associate Provost Academic Engagement Student Success, Tim O’Donnell, and the Professor and Special Assistant to the Provost for Teaching, Technology, and Innovation, Jeffrey McClurken.

The Divergent Games

CPSC 106: Digital Storytelling,  Year: Fall 2014
Tools: iMovie, Adobe Photoshop CC (video thumbnail)

This video was created for the Computer Science 106: Digital Storytelling course assignment Movie Trailer Mashup. I decided to mashup the Divergent trailer and the Hunger Games trailer because both movies take place in a dystopian future world and both have lead female characters. To make this mashup trailer, I dowloaded both the Divergent and Hunger Games trailers from Youtube and imported them into iMovie. Next, I broke up the trailers into the scenes they featured from the movies, and tried to find similar scenes between the two trailers. I put the similar scenes together and carefully ordered them to make sure a plot line somewhat flowed through the new mashup trailer. I also wanted some of the dialogue so I made sure to increase the volume on the scenes with dialogue I thought was relevant to the mashup and mute the scenes that did not have relevant dialogue. I found a royalty free song on Incompetech to add to almost the entire trailer. In the very beginning, I simply copied part of the background music from the Divergent trailer and added it to the Hunger Games scene before bringing in my royalty free track. I kept the black transitions from the original trailers and added in transitions between the scenes that did not have them.

University of Mary Washington Then & Now

History 428: Adventures in Digital History at UMW, Year: Spring 2014
Tools: cPanel, Installatron Applications Installer, WordPress (Child Theme), iMovie, Adobe Photoshop CC, CSS

In the Spring of 2014, I took the senior seminar History course, History 428: Adventures in Digital History. In this course, we had to create websites that explored a topic in digital history. Our mission was to create and display a digital exhibit of then and now photographs depicting the University of Mary Washington’s Fredericksburg campus dating from the school’s establishment in 1908 through the present time. We also did our best to provide context for each of the photos in an effort to portray the evolution of student life and campus structure. The site has a responsive WordPress child theme, which I created, featuring customized HTML and CSS elements I designed and incorporated myself. I also took many of the pictures on the site, and create some of the “blended” then and now pictures using Adobe Photoshop. View Site