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Design Portfolio

Click on one of the sections below to visit the portfolio subsection of my website.

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My Web Design History

I have been designing websites and graphics for the past 12 years. Whereas artists paint with brushes and sculptors create forms with chisels and clay, I use a combination of digital tools and software to create my digital art. My work can come as a surprise to some, considering that my academic training is in biology, computer science, environmental/earth science, and physics, not web and graphics design.

My design knowledge comes entirely from self-training, and I have on occasion taught web and graphics design to others. I strive at all times to create a kind of natural, functional beauty, regardless of the purpose of the site. That's because cyberspace should not be a cold, hard place full of binary digits, but an awe-inspiring and breathtaking place you'll want to revisit over and over again. I know I do. Click on the links above to explore the different works I've created.

I've never taken a course in design, learning only by mimicry and refinement. During college, Duke Magazine wanted to interview me about my personal web site, Biophysica, which was then the most extensive student web site at Duke. It might still be. In January 2002, 80,000 copies of that magazine were published, primarily to Duke alumni. You can view a PDF file of my article, entitled "An Online Life," here. Biophysica has since been renamed to Realizen.

Most of my on-the-job and IT industry experience has come from working 2 years at Duke University's John Hope Franklin Center for Interdisciplinary and International Studies. I then spent some time doing web design for David Stein at Duke's Community Affairs Center, specifically a new website for the E.K. Powe Elementary School here in Durham. Here's their new site as of January 2004.

History of Realizen

I've been creating websites since the summer of 1998, during my first year of high school at NCSSM. I was doing pharmacology/cancer biology research at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for seven weeks that summer. After work I had a few hours to teach myself HTML while sitting at one of the Health Sciences Library's networked computers.  From the beginning I placed heavy emphasis on graphic design; I wanted to make my words bend around my pictures, instead of the reverse.  However, until I acquired graphic software, I was reliant on the Web's vast store of clipart and free backgrounds.  That gave me an idea of what I wanted, and from there, I launched my very first website.  What you see before you is the descendant of that very early website. 

Early Websites I've done

These were done as I was just beginning to design websites, so it's not my best work. For that, see the rest of my portfolio.

Splashes: Photography of Drops and Splashes
High-speed photographs of water or milk drops and splashes, solid objects, racquetballs, water balloons, and squish balls, plus learn how to take your own high-speed splash photographs.

NCSSM Optical Toys Site
A collection of optical toys and illusionary devices from the 19th century, with background info, animations, and instructions for use. Currently used in NCSSM's High-Speed Imaging Course.

Analysis of the Motion of a Falling Slinky
For the last Special Projects Week in NCSSM history, I decided to use physics and video to explore how a slinky falls. In particular, I wanted to know how a slinky falls after being held vertical by one end and released. The answer may surprise you.

NCSSM Chemistry Site

NCSSM FrontPage 2000 Tutorial







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