Rants & Ramblings

random commentary about culture, media, politics, technology and whatnot.

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aug
01
2005

tech guide

Gadgets to Go, washingtonpost.com’s summer gadget guide, launched this weekend to coincide with the paper’s publication of Rob Pegoraro’s annual laptop buying guide. The section will expand to include more gadget-related stories and buying guides as the summer goes on. …

jul
12
2005

watergate revisited

It seems like there’s always more to say about the Watergate scandal. The recent unmasking of “Deep Throat” has offered an opportunity to take another look at the events of 1972-74 with an important part of the puzzle finally in …

jun
09
2005

eppy eppy

washingtonpost.com won for “Best Overall Design of an Internet Service over 1 million” in the 2005 Editor and Publisher EPpy Awards, beating out azcentral.com and seattletimes.com. By strange coincidence, I worked on azcentral.com’s fall 2004 site redesign just before I …

apr
24
2005

deep breath

Catching my breath after a big, super-busy week. Tuesday: We have a new pope! (Well, “we” as in “we Catholics.” Although, given the way the papal election process has been given saturation coverage, you’d think everyone’s a Catholic now.) I’m …

apr
18
2005

election

Big in the news today: The beginning of the papal conclave, in which all the cardinals (under 80 years old) sequester themselves inside the Sistine Chapel to vote on who becomes the next pope of the Roman Catholic church. Last …

apr
08
2005

the crucible

This week has been a true endurance test for me at work. The other two news designers are at Flash Forward this week (where they just won an award at the Flash Film Festival for the package “Eyes on the …

mar
23
2005

finalist

I found out in a rather roundabout way today that I’m a finalist in the 2004 Arizona Press Club Awards. I’m listed under “The Arizona Republic,” and I see some people I know from azcentral.com on the list. It’s exciting, …

sep
28
2004

more than a fresh coat of paint

The other project that’s dominated my time for the last two months just went live last night. azcentral.com, Web site of The Arizona Republic, launched an extensive redesign, and the result is a completely new look, along with a few …

sep
24
2004

flip the switch

After a long process that felt, in my uneducated view, a little like childbirth, the long-awaited redesign to NAA.org, Web site of the Newspaper Association of America, launched this afternoon. The main goals of this project were to 1) make …

aug
02
2004

the portal

The George Washington University yesterday launched myGW, an overhaul of sorts of its campus portal (formerly known as GWeb). (A former developer for GWeb has a screenshot of the old design on her portfolio Web site.) I was part of …

mar
11
2004

cheap seats

My redesign of azcentral.com’s “Cheap Seats” section just went live. “Cheap Seats” focuses more on the gossip, scandal and silliness of the sports world, and offers the sports editors a chance to have some fun with their writing and story …

mar
10
2004

tax department

One of the nicest sites I’ve worked on during my time here at The George Washington University just went live this evening. The Web site of the GW Tax Department offers tax information for GW students (international and U.S. citizens) …

sep
18
2003

day of the dead

The redesign of azcentral.com’s “Day of the Dead” section launched this morning after about two months’ time in development. I’ll spare you the bad puns (i.e., “It lives!” and the like). Not to be confused with Halloween (although it occurs …

sep
05
2003

registration

azcentral.com (Web site of The Arizona Republic) has begun requiring users to provide personal information in order to access news content. Registration follows the 3-question washingtonpost.com model (zip code, gender and birth year), rather than the nytimes.com model, which asks …

sep
02
2003

campus map

It lives! After much blood, sweat, tears and cursing, the new interactive Flash campus map for The George Washington University has finally gone live. (It’s been mostly ready to go since February, but got held up due to the clusterf*ck …

jun
25
2003

'aspen' fire

azcentral.com/The Arizona Republic posted an animated Flash map that I built showing the growth of the “Aspen” fire northeast of Tucson. I will continue to update it as the Fire Service posts updated maps to their site. The “Aspen” fire …

apr
15
2003

azcentral at night

azcentral@night, a new initiative from azcentral.com / The Arizona Republic, just went live tonight. @night replaces the standard azcentral.com home page 6 p.m. - midnight Monday through Thursday, and 4 p.m. - midnight on Friday (Arizona time).

apr
10
2003

arizona nfl draft prospects

One of my recent freelance projects went live late last night: Arizona prospects in the draft, about UofA and ASU prospects in the upcoming NFL draft. (You’ll need the Flash plug-in to view the feature.) azcentral.com’s sports department provided the …

mar
06
2003

fanboy's guide to cactus league ballparks

FanBoy’s Guide to Cactus League Ballparks,” my latest freelance venture for azcentral.com, went live this past afternoon. The special package highlights the Phoenix (and Tucson) ballparks used by major league baseball teams for Cactus League spring training. The content, obviously, …

jan
10
2003

photos of the month - december

Pimping my own work again… The Arizona Republic’s “Photos of the Month” for December 2002 has just been posted. I have been Flash!designer!girl for the project. (You’ll need the Flash plug-in to view the feature.) This December entry in the …