My freshman residence assistant held the morning slot on student-run KWAR. One night he and his cohost took a seat on my roommate’s futon and asked if I’d build a site for their show. I couldn’t refuse.
The staff took a liking to my work. Before long I was brought in to see “the Godfather,” station manager Jay Boeding. Jay sat me down, looked me in the eye, and asked if I would do for the station’s site what I did for Chris and Nate’s show. Yes sir, I said, I would.
My first redesign was black-and-white, with the station logo set in Wartburg orange. To link the site’s two narrow columns, I put a swoosh around the logo. Could I animate the swoosh? Sure, I could animate it.
With the site’s launch, I had their full faith to design whatever thing looked cooler than the last. Summer brought a slim site to match their lighter schedule. In fall, I clipped furniture from a Sears catalog to evoke the look of a thrifted dorm. Faculty advisor Jeffrey Stein conceded that while he didn’t get the “lounge-1” concept at first, in time it made sense, and in any case he trusted my judgment.
- Graphic design
- Front-end development: XHTML and CSS
- Application development: Some weird tagging system