Piscean Digital Portfolio

Select Websites Created Since 2006

Spear Education

Spear Education

April 2013 – March 2016

PHP • MySQL • Zend 1 * Laravel 5 • Bootstrap • jQuery • Redis

In 2013, Scott left Universal Laser Systems for a larger challenge at Spear Education. This is when he discovered the difference between creating a website and creating a web application. At Universal, all of his work had been on websites, even though some of them had partial content management systems.

Building a web application takes web development to a whole new level. Spear's front-facing website is like Lynda.com for aesthetic and restorative dentists. But the company facing website is a full-fledged application used daily by most of the several dozen employees at the company to perform their daily duties.

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Universal Laser Systems

Universal Laser Systems

July 2010 – March 2013

PHP • MySQL • CodeIgniter • jQuery • Campaign Monitor

This site is the fruition of two major efforts. The first was partially undertaken before Scott came on board with Universal Laser Systems. The pages were laid out, but there was not much functionality. His responsibility was to make the site interact with the customer. This was accomplished within a few weeks and the site was launched globally to a couple dozen top-level domains in ten different languages.

But, after some reflection, it was decided that the company should be able to manage the website through a database. The company also wanted to add two languages to the list: Slovak and Arabic. The existing languages were Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese (Brazilian), Russian and Spanish. Finally, the company wanted to advance the longevity of the site, so the decision was made to move the site to HTML5 and CSS3.

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ULS (OEM Division)

ULS (OEM Division)

July 2010 – March 2013

PHP • MySQL • CodeIgniter • jQuery

Universal Laser Systems, which focuses on building desktop and floor-standing lasers, also has an OEM division that allows customers to just buy the laser for implementation into their machinery. This division's emphasis is completely different and requires a separate website.

This site also called for a "configurator." But to keep the potential customer engaged, this configurator was built in jQuery so that the user didn't have to wait for page refreshes each time they changed the configuration. Again, the site was multilingual, so the correct language had to be called. CodeIgniter made this easy and the site was built in a few short months.

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Lambda Phoenix Center

Lambda Phoenix Center

August 2007 – October 2011, September 2012 ‐ Present

PHP • MySQL • Laravel 5 • Bootstrap • jQuery

Following on the success of his work with Spring Break, Scott was asked to develop the Lambda Phoenix Center website in 2006. At the time, the site's website was a single page plus a contact form that had been hijacked by casinos. Lambda is Spring Break's sister orgnanization.

Like Spring Break, Scott took this project on while in school, with the intention of handing it over to someone else after graduation. However, since web design is a technical skill many people do not possess, he has endeavored to find an approach that will allow an administrator to edit the site in a Wordpress-like way, without the limits of the Wordpress framework.

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Spring Break, Inc.

Spring Break, Inc.

July 2006 – July 2011, October 2012 – April 2014

PHP • MySQL • Laravel 5 • Foundation

Scott's first website was the Spring Break, Inc. website. He built the original site in 2006 and then constantly redeveloped the site every year up through 2011. This was the site Scott built as he taught himself HTML, CSS and PHP, so it pre-dates his enrollment at the Art Institute of Phoenix. Again, this site is proof of his ability to quickly learn a technology during the development and implement it on deadline.

The site changes every year, as the organization choose colors and a theme for their annual April event. The website has always reflected thoses colors and themes over the years. A community-designed logo is also always part of the project.

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iTheatre Collaborative

iTheatre Collaborative

January 2009 – Present

PHP • MySQL • Laravel 5 • Bootstrap * jQuery

This site was first built in 2009 to give a local theatre company a presence on the internet. Their old site was outmoded and their domain was unwieldly. A new site was designed to match their brand identity and a lot of content was written for it to fully reflect the theatre company's mission, vision and history.

In 2012, using the site's existing CSS and HTML, the site was rebuilt so it could be managed from a database. This made the site easier to manage and opened the door for a content management system to be built. One of the goals of the site was always to make it so the theatre company itself could manage their own content.

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Restoration Bodywork

Restoration Bodywork

March 2009 – Present

PHP • MySQL • Laravel 5 * Bootstrap

While Adobe Flash is not Scott's strong suit, building this site and a couple of others proved he can learn any framework. In 2009, he approached a friend who had a website for his massage business built with GoDaddy's WebSite Tonight. GoDaddy's limited choice of templates had never pleased his friend, so Scott agreed to work with him to develop a design that would match the company's aesthetics of the Chinese elements.

Flash allows for an almost limitless combination of animations and other interactions. But too much of that can interfere with the use of the site and sometimes comes across as gimmicky. Scott chose to keep the site simple in its animations, so that the user experience was more about the relaxing mood of the website rather than on the developer's prowess with ActionScript 3.0.

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