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Marnell Corrao Website

Marnell Corrao Archivehttp://www.marnellcorrao.com    (archived: note many of the graphics were not captured however, navigation and content are correct.)

Marnell Corrao, a global architectural firm, specializing in entertainment properties, required a sophisticated look and feel to reflect their position in the industry. Utilizing Flash (a relatively new technology in 2000), GS Design captured the firm’s unique and highly successful approach to construction. Leveraging my commercial building expertise gained while with Johnson Controls, I proposed adding a Portfolio section giving users Marnell Corrao project snapshots. Additionally, GS Design developed a CMS for News, Career and Portfolio sections.

Today, the Marnell Corrao site is still visually stunning and easily navigable. And, the Portfolio section….still there. Sometimes, good content never goes out of style.

Award

August 23, 2000 Macromedia Site of the Day

It’s More Than a Picnic Website

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www.morethanapicnic.com     (archived)

This e-commerce site was built with a CMS, allowing the website owners to update merchandise information on the fly. Not a new concept today. However, this site was developed in 2000-2001. There were no off-the-shelf or cloud-based CMS programs. The original site was programmed in perl and hosted on Linux/Apache servers. But when the client asked to have the website integrate with their accounting systems, the entire site was migrated to an asp-driven backend.

Idea Factory Website

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www.ideafactoryinc.com     (archived)

A nice little site designed to get users to product and brand information quickly and easily.

Harley-Davidson Rentals Website

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www.hdrentals.com     (archived)

Harley-Davidson approached GS Design to develop and deploy an online tool for the company’s new motorcycle rental services. The site needed to describe the new service, provide information on how and where to rent, and give advice on which type of motorcycle to rent. The design firm had exactly 21 days to get this interactive site up and running.

Mission accomplished. Not only was the site launched on time providing users an intuitive tool for renting a Harley-Davidson Motorcycle, the site garnered a Yahoo! Site of the Day nod.

Award

October 13, 2000 Yahoo! Site of the Day

AQS, Inc. Website

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www.aqssys.com    (archived)

Still fresh after all these years, the AQS website was a corporate site that was straightforward, easy to navigate, and pleasing to the eye.

The Power of Social Media

Okay…so the site is starting to come together. I wanted to document this process as part of being part of the WordPress community. I’m also using this blogging feature to illustrate my thinking process as a communications professional.

I’m setting up my site so that all of my portfolio samples are blog posts. This will allow user/potential clients to ask questions or comment on my projects. I’m not sure anyone else has used this approach yet. However, it should give potential clients some insight into my capabilities and enable a dialogue they may not have anywhere else.

Am I showing all of my cards? Probably. I’m not too worried. You also have to have the goods to back this up.

Yep.

Oh…and the title of my post–

I posted six times yesterday. I haven’t socialized this little endeavor yet, but I already have two followers. Two hearty souls willing to hitch their wagons to this train. Thanks, Opinionated Man and Nate Ollie.

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www.wpcbrands.com    (archived)

WPC Brands was a corporate site combining company and brand information. Note that even though this site is over 13 years old, both the navigation and page designs (User Experience/UX) are crisp and very user-friendly. WPC Brands is now part of Spectrum Brands.

Awards

2000 Milwaukee Ad Club, Gold Addy
2000 District 8, AAF, Merit Award

http://www.destinationoutdoors.com     (archived)

One of the first true “mini” sites, Destination Outdoors was the consumer information site of WPC Brands (now part of the Spectrum Brands family). While much of the artwork is now missing, the site was originally designed to read like a magazine, with major sections getting their own distinctive look and feel.

Destination Outdoors offered practical advice for outdoor enthusiasts with tips for optimum WPC Brands product usage. There was even a section dedicated to questions and answers.

While this site is over 13 years old, the User Experience/UX is still easy-to-use and the overall design engaging for the user.

Awards

2000 Milwaukee Ad Club, Silver Addy
2000 District 8, AAF, Merit Award
June 19, 2000 Yahoo! Site of the Day
June 21, 2000 Netscape Rage of the Day

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