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04/09/2005 Development and Design: ItalianLosAngeles.org

The Italian Los Angeles site is now up, and it's getting good reviews from visitors. This was both a design project and a development project for me, and was a good one to work on. From a design point of view, it was nice to be able to work on something clean and minimalistic, but which also had some nice visuals. It was important to leave a lot of room for expansion as well, and not lock the organization in to a box that wouldn't grow.

On the programming side, there are plenty of interesting features, most notably a flexible, multi-level hierarchy for organizing content. Not only did I have to make that work on the front end of the site, but I also had to develop an understandable, easy to use interface for the site's content administrator. This was more work, but ultimately more up-front work saves time in the long term, for the people who actually use the system. In addition, I developed a shorthand tagging system for images and links, so that the client would not have to deal with HTML any more complex than style tags. Some other interesting features of this site: the dynamic calendar, the search engine (which returns results with the correct hierarchy in the links), and a form allowing visitors to submit resources to the site, as well as a backend system that requires all submissions to be approved by administrators.

04/09/2005 Development and Design: ItalianLosAngeles.org

The Italian Los Angeles site is now up, and it's getting good reviews from visitors. This was both a design project and a development project for me, and was a good one to work on. From a design point of view, it was nice to be able to work on something clean and minimalistic, but which also had some nice visuals. It was important to leave a lot of room for expansion as well, and not lock the organization in to a box that wouldn't grow.

On the programming side, there are plenty of interesting features, most notably a flexible, multi-level hierarchy for organizing content. Not only did I have to make that work on the front end of the site, but I also had to develop an understandable, easy to use interface for the site's content administrator. This was more work, but ultimately more up-front work saves time in the long term, for the people who actually use the system. In addition, I developed a shorthand tagging system for images and links, so that the client would not have to deal with HTML any more complex than style tags. Some other interesting features of this site: the dynamic calendar, the search engine (which returns results with the correct hierarchy in the links), and a form allowing visitors to submit resources to the site, as well as a backend system that requires all submissions to be approved by administrators.

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