Justin Skolnick lives and works in Portland.


An alt-weekly concieved after the fashion of the Village Voice and City Pages, the short-lived Cedar Valley Entertainment Authority extended to the arts and entertainment scene of Iowa’s Cedar River Valley (from Mason City down to Cedar Rapids) an image of itself. It was not that the area lacked a creative community, but that the community hardly knew its own vibrant extent. So much the founders surmised. Ergo: the CVEA.

They invited me to design the site, the sole direction being “Have you seen Raygun?” I responded with a pastiche of the area’s cultural landmarks. Kid A and Amnesiac were current when I set the site’s logo in Plakatbau, the face employed to pitch-perfect effect on both albums’ covers. Lovingly abused Hoefler Text rounded out the graphic type treatments. It may have been a step too far past convention for the audience.

Notable but lost is the CMS I cobbled together on an offline iMac. It was a glorious hack-job, made entirely of copied code, memory, and faith, but the bloody thing churned out every article on request.


  • Graphic design
  • Front-end development: XHTML and CSS
  • Application development: Classic ASP and MS Access
  • Home

    Home, 2002

    The screenshot is vintage.