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My SDES

One of the last sites to move to our web cluster, the “My SDES” site was a simple (and horrible) application that used Integrated Authentication, LDAP, and WebDAV to allow users to use a web interface to access their appropriate folders on our file server. Even if you ignore the dangers in that statement, WebDAV has basically been phased out for WAN communication, so we had to come up with another solution. Rather than allow the application to continue to be a security hole, I convinced management that based on IIS logs, very, very few people utilized the site and replacing it with a site explaining the benefits of VPN and Remote Desktop was preferable.

I was given free reign to design the site and after deploying my template base, I tried to keep the elements as simple, inviting, and informative as possible while keeping it to a single screen.

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UCF Creed Site Design

In my quest to make everything I can at UCF better and nicer, I recently decided to tackle the CUF Creed site. The site only displays the UCF Creed (a small collection of statements) and a page of discussion points for professors. I attempted to adapt the styling to the normal UCF template, streamline the display of the tenets, and write some custom CSS to style the blockquote of the main Creed statement. I found an older, seemingly-professionally-produced video about the Creed, uploaded it to our SDES IT YouTube channel, and embedded it opposite the tenets.

This site was developed proactively in Notepad++.

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Order of Pegasus

Order of Pegasus is a program that recognizes outstanding students at UCF on an annual basis. I still haven’t actually figured out who runs this program (it seems to change every year), but given that printed materials are already created for the event, I decided to design a much nicer site that utilizes these existing assets.

The site displays the thumbnail and name of each in the Order, opening a Fancybox (lightbox) with a full portrait for each individual when clicked. The full program is included as a PDF and the site is largely driven by typography and these thumbnails only.

Pictured above is a before-and-after of the site designs. This project was completed proactively with jQuery, Fancybox, and Notepad++.