Kyle Florence Web Designer

web design

art.sdsu.edu | web_design
  • art.sdsu.edu
  • CSS, XHTML, PHP, MySQL, JavaScript, Photoshop, Photography
  • I was hired by the art department at San Diego State University to re-design and re-develop their aging departmental website. I worked with the art lab's IT consultant and the faculty and staff to brainstorm design concepts and site functionality requirements. Over the nearly one and a half years of work on the project, I was able to update their static website into a feature rich, database-driven web resource for faculty, staff and current and prospective students.

    My work included a custom built content management system for adding and modifying site-wide content, a fully operational events calendar application, a page builder application complete with a custom lightweight markup language, faculty and staff biographies and portfolios, student work galleries and an accessibility compliant frontend layout design which features a panoramic view of the department buildings that changes depending on the time of day.
Elephant Eater Comics | web_design
  • Elephant Eater Comics
  • CSS, XHTML, PHP, MySQL, Wordpress, Photoshop
  • This website was developed for comic artist and lecturer Ryan Claytor. Ryan gave me a PSD template of his layout and asked me to turn it into a Wordpress-enabled website. I started by slicing up his design and optimizing the resulting images, generating an XHTML skeleton for the basic layout of the site, and finally gluing them both together with some CSS. Afterwards, I turned this layout into a Wordpress theme, and fully integrated the theme with Wordpress.
Kathy Lam Portfolio | web_design
  • Kathy Lam Portfolio
  • CSS, XHTML, Photoshop
  • This website was developed for graphic designer Kathy Lam. Kathy wanted something simple that would put the emphasis of the design on her work. Keeping this in mind, I made a simple and functional design with plenty of whitespace and a hierarchical left-to-right navigation scheme. I also made sure to keep everything equally spaced and paid close attention to type treatment.
GlobalPitch Profile Blaster | web_design
  • GlobalPitch Profile Blaster
  • CSS, XHTML, PHP, MySQL, JavaScript, Photoshop
  • This is one of several projects that I did for GlobalPitch, Inc. My assignment for this project was to develop an additional feature into the existing framework called Profile Blaster, which allows users to send their GlobalPitch profile and resume directly to a list of recruiters that they can narrow down by geography and job role. This required me to write a plugin in PHP that would communicate with various API's and carry the user through the process of selecting recruiters and paying for the service. Along with this, I also developed the designs for each page in the process, keeping the existing GlobalPitch design style in mind.
Marinade.com | web_design
  • Marinade.com
  • CSS, XHTML, PHP, Photoshop
  • This was one of several sites that I helped develop for ActiveDimension, LLC. I was given a PSD file with a very simple design that I was to transform into a CSS and XHTML layout, slice up into template sections, and then plug those sections into the underlying PHP framework. The designs were meant to be a simple and functional presentation layer for a shopping.com API, presenting various products to the user. Although my work consisted mainly of the design side of things, there was also some PHP work necessary in displaying page content.
Diamond Deals | web_design
  • Diamond Deals
  • CSS, XHTML, PHP, Photoshop
  • This was one of several sites that I helped develop for ActiveDimension, LLC. I was given a PSD file with a very simple design that I was to transform into a CSS and XHTML layout, slice up into template sections, and then plug those sections into the underlying PHP framework. The designs were meant to be a simple and functional presentation layer for a shopping.com API, presenting various products to the user. Although my work consisted mainly of the design side of things, there was also some PHP work necessary in displaying page content.
Drop-Catch Application | web_design
  • Drop-Catch Application
  • CSS, XHTML, PHP, MySQL, Photoshop
  • Using the framework I developed for Anobleworld S3 as a starting point, I was able to develop a new framework with improved features and functionality for this project which included new classes for pagination, tabulation and integration with an underlying java-based application. In addition to the new classes, most of the old classes were reworked for improved stability and functionality. Along with the backend PHP and MySQL work, I also designed a simple, functional layout to sit on top of the backend and work as a presentation of the underlying data structures.
Digital Weekly | web_design
  • Digital Weekly
  • CSS, XHTML, Photoshop
  • This is a project I did for my Digital Media design class at San Diego State University. Our assignment was to make a website that entailed all of the projects we did throughout the semester, which we also made into a magazine. The idea of making the website look like the magazine intrigued me, so I made a mock design of it in Photoshop and then converted that design to a CSS and XHTML layout.
Mike McAteer | web_design
  • Mike McAteer
  • CSS, XHTML, PHP, MySQL, Photoshop
  • This site was developed to showcase the work of artist Mike McAteer. Mike wanted something that would reflect his work while maintaining a professional and simple appearance. The result was a hybrid of these values; raw and grungy, yet also sipmlistic, functional and professional. Along with the layout design, Mike also wanted an easy way to upload, edit and delete content, so I built in a very simple custom content management system to get the job done. As always, the website was hand-coded, validated, and remains standards compliant.
kflorence.com - Version 5 | web_design
  • kflorence.com - Version 5
  • CSS, XHTML, PHP, MySQL, Photoshop
  • The fifth version of kflorence.com; hand-coded and fully done in CSS and XHTML. Along with the new layout, version five featured several new sections (namely user sign up and user pages, a forum, file downloads and tutorials). Due to this the PHP and MySQL backend was almost completely re-developed. This was really a breakthrough in design style and usability, surpassing my old css layouts in both beauty, simplicity and functionality. This layout has been featured on CSS Vault, among other places.
Kevin Stacey | web_design
  • Kevin Stacey
  • CSS, XHTML and Photoshop
  • Fellow web developer Kevin Stacey held a design contest for the new version of his site which he intended to develop on Wordpress. In designing the layout, I had to adhere to a strict set of guildelines including where the navigation should be, how wide the side menu should be and the overall site width. With this in mind, I wanted to create a beautiful, simple and functional layout that avoided the stereotypical Wordpress look. In order to maintain a sleek and lightweight appearance, several very subtle gradients were used throughout the design. My entry won third place out of a pool more than thirty entries.
The Corner E-Sports | web_design
  • The Corner E-Sports
  • CSS, XHTML and Photoshop
  • This was made for an e-sports gaming website called The Corner. The client wanted a modern and sleek yet simple look, along with lots of space for ads and side menus. I kept the design constrained to 800px wide to support older computer screens, but I wanted to keep it as wide as possible. Overall it was a very simple design with solid CSS that made it both highly functional and dynamic.