web design

Website and Online Development

VISTA Name: 
Philip Dahl
Program Start: 
9/2010
Program End: 
9/2011
Project Description: 

The Corps member will work closely with both PIFVA and Termite TV staff to analyze their technology plans, develop strategies and priorities, and implement the plans into concrete and visible results. The VISTA will move work develop websites, social media strategies, and online database/archiving system for both PIFVA and Termite TV.

Project Outcome: 

The project moved forward with great difficulty as a result of skills-mismatches between the Corps member and the organization’s needs. At the end a new interactive website was developed with the assistance of outside developers.

Website Design and Analysis

VISTA Name: 
Caitlin Flint
Program Start: 
9/2010
Program End: 
9/2011
Project Description: 

The Corps member would be working directly to collect data, conduct analysis, research innovations, and provide recommendations on how to enhance and improve HealthyCity.org. The corps member’s role would be to gather and analyze user feedback and comments, provide responses and information to user questions, collect and promote stores form communities on the ground, and brainstorm and think through ways to improve and enhance trainings and structure of HealthyCity.org to increase usability and accessibility.

Project Outcome: 

Caitlin worked on researching and understanding the needs of our core audience to design and develop updates to our HealthyCity.org platform as well as help in the planning and implementation of additional projects most notably ReDrawCA.org a mapping application to engage community in the Redistricting process in California.

Our process in developing technology initiatives has improved and has become more reflective and evaluative specifically around design and testing with the added capacity and skill set of our Corps member. We are finalizing documenting these processes in order to ensure sustainability, and will continue to incorporate this into our work moving forward.

We had hoped to develop a Design Library to catalog what particular technical design worked in what situation, and what did not as a reference for building further technical projects. Although some of this has begun, we needed more time allocated specifically for the creation of this library. In addition, our VISTA member showed interest in a particular technical design project and therefore we allocated her time to be allow her to participate and learn more.

Impact Quote: 

Thank you! Our experience with the Transmission Project has been extremely positive and valuable for our organization.”

- Lori Thompson, Supervisor

Oregon Learning Lab Outreach Coordinator

Organization: 
Portland Community Media
VISTA Name: 
Ryn Shane-Armstrong
Program Start: 
9/2005
Program End: 
9/2006
Project Description: 

Ryn will participate in OLLIE productions as a trainer, work with community partners to plan successful OLLIE projects and events, and develop youth outreach and education efforts of Portland Community Media and Multnomah Community Television.

Project Outcome: 

In the past six months, OLLIE has provided digital media training to over 150 youth through 17 projects at 11 community locations. In addition, OLLIE has scheduled projects to serve an additional 180 youth over the next six months. Each round of OLLIE projects has balanced new and returning community partners. Our VISTA has served as a group coordinator for many of these sites, facilitating communication between the OLLIE staff and volunteers, the OLLIE coordinator, and community partners. Ryn has also begun to identify volunteers to support this project. He identified the post-production talents of a community partner and utilized them to finish a student project.

In addition, OLLIE’s curriculum design has evolved. Based on participant feedback, trainer input, and research into youth media best practices; the teaching methods, practice exercises, and time allotments for each segment of production have changed to better serve the youth we work with. Ryn’s insights about classroom teaching experiences and research into youth media curriculum are of great value to this process. I am looking forward to further utilizing Ryn’s expertise to design and implement our summer intensive “Adventures in Television”sessions. He is one of the leads for this project.

A very exciting part of OLLIE’s evolution is the creation and implementation of a graphic design identity package. Ryn has served as a lead contact in the process of recruiting and hiring a designer, developing a logo, and working with vendors. Currently Ryn is leading efforts to develop and refine copy that will promote the program in print, web, and video materials. Ryn also was able to develop his web design skills to create a first draft of a website for OLLIE: www.ollietv.org. Behind the scenes, he has created extensive outlines for future implementations of a site that will be useful to project staff, community partners, and program participants.

Impact Quote: 

An amazing thing about Ryn is the way in which he integrated himself into the media center community. He put himself ‘out there’ as willing to help, learn, and volunteer on his own time to help others and make the media center a better place. He has organized the staff on more than one occasion to attend cultural events and support each other. He is an exceptional asset to the Oregon Learning Lab for Information Education.

Website and Program Building

VISTA Name: 
Emily Yoshida
Program Start: 
8/2005
Program End: 
8/2006
Project Description: 

Our VISTA is building the infrastructure for “STUDENTS” to be able to develop meaningful skills that will serve them well later in life. Journalism, Digital Media and in the future, E-Commerce are areas that HOLA youth will now be able to excel in because our VISTA built out the technology and curriculum to one day master these skills. This will in turn allow our kids to realize HOLA’s mission of advancing their lives (Through technology) and revitalize their communities with the new skills and experiences they will have had because of technology.

Project Outcome: 

Emily went on to set up our new HOLA website in HTML, which was awesome! She is very gifted artistically and her contribution to that project will be felt and seen for a long time to come.

The Wireless Lab, the system for check in and check out, plus the Web Journalism project using this lab have also been successfully initiated by Emily.

Impact Quote: 

Our VISTA’s technological skills were an incredible asset to HOLA. Her willingness to share her knowledge was invaluable and we are already feeling her absence.

CBO Curriculum and Website Development

Organization: 
ScienceQuest/EDC
VISTA Name: 
Caitlin Feeley
Program Start: 
8/2003
Program End: 
8/2004
Project Description: 

Over the past year, our VISTA has helped us bring ScienceQuest (an after-school science education program for young adolescents) to more communities, resulting in our reaching over sixty different community organizations over the last three years. Our project provides under-served, under-represented young adolescents with the opportunity to explore science in an informal, after-school setting. ScienceQuest provides organizations with a research-based plan designed to inspire enthusiasm for and curiosity in the sciences as well as training, technical support, web development tools, web hosting, and advice on teaching and science topics.

Summary of Goals

- Create a youth-friendly website
- coach two teams
- create promotional materials for CTCNet conference

Project Outcome: 

Our VISTA, Caitlin Feeley, made significant contributions to our work. She created a youth-friendly ScienceQuest website including original graphics and content, and strived to keep the site accessible through engaging, youth-appropriate writing and valid HTML. She coached two ScienceQuest teams this year, helping students create their own projects on topics ranging from space to chemical reactions to the laws of motion. She produced and edited a digital video that we used to introduce our program to new coaches and coordinators at the 2004 CTCNet conference in Seattle. In addition to these major projects, Caitlin also provided day-to-day support for ScienceQuest by updating and maintaining our website, providing technical and other support to coaches and coordinators, writing correspondence, manuals, reports, and other materials, managing our listserv, and other administrative duties. If you would like to learn more about her accomplishments, we encourage you to visit her website at: http://www2.edc.org/sciencequest/vista/

Technology Planning

VISTA Name: 
Erik Milosevic
Program Start: 
8/2003
Program End: 
8/2004
Project Description: 

http://mvhub.com includes search-able directory of social service providers and the services that they provide. The principle advantage MVhub.com has over other sites is that dedicated staff is not required to keep the site up to date. The process for reminding organizations to update their records is largely automated.

Erik completed Leslie Koplow’s graphic design, worked with David Siegal on the search engine and worked with Felicia Sullivan in integrating a community calendar and tidying up various templates.

Erik also contributed to

- Completing Incremental Backups
- Refine Use of Visitors Reports
- Implement New Website Design
- Formstore Configuration File Generation
- Mapping Configuration File To An Array
- Webmail HVHUB Banners
- MOD_PERL

Project Outcome: 

http://thecsl.org had a plain design emphasizing casual pictures of people in my old MCSE classes. Erik’s graphic redesign, while not so flashy as to be hard to use, has a smoother, more worldly look.

Other improvements to the look of our site included:
• the random display logos and pictures from our sponsors.
• A RSS feed from slashdot. (headlines)
• XHTML 1.0 compliance.

Marketing and Outreach

Organization: 
Pui Tak Center
VISTA Name: 
Dan Chen
Program Start: 
11/2006
Program End: 
11/2007
Project Description: 

Goal 1: To develop digital media training for youth in Chicago’s Chinatown.

Goal 2: To use volunteers to expand the computer center’s services.

Goal 3: To increase the effectiveness of Pui Tak Center’s publicity materials (brochures, newsletter and website) to donors, volunteers and program participants through the use of digital media.

Project Outcome: 

We have increased our publicity through our VISTA’s work on designing our annual report, developing a template for our newsletter and designing our website. Dan Chen worked on the design and layout of the annual report which was published in December. The design was significantly more professional than in the past. It is sent out to donors and other interested individuals as part of our year-end donation appeal. This past year, the year end giving exceeded the amount raised in past years. Although we can’t determine if it was due to the design of the annual report, we did receive many comments about how well done it was. The Pui Tak Center has not had a regular newsletter for 7-8 years and has intended to restart it. Dan assisted in developing a design template. The newsletter will be mailed to supporters and donors as well as distributed in local churches. Dan has also begun work in redesigning our website. He has completed the initial design and site map. We are currently working on the content. After that is completed, Dan will work with a programmer to get the site up and running. All of these efforts improves our communication with current and potential supporters (donors, volunteers, etc.).

Online Community Manager

VISTA Name: 
Dina Vecchiarelli
Program Start: 
9/2006
Program End: 
1/2007
Project Outcome: 

The Youth Media Institute and Electronic Community have had a very succesful six months, in no small part thanks to our two VISTAs, Colleen and Dina. Dina’s technical expertise was critical in determining what type of content management system to use in creating the beta site for Project: Think Different’s Electronic Community. In addition to driving the design of the site and the management of the forums and other features, Dina was active in training other staff members, including the Media Watch Team in using the site, so that they could share their expertise with other users and actively participate in the online community.

Curriculum Development and Outreach

VISTA Name: 
Katherine Smith
Program Start: 
8/2003
Program End: 
8/2004
Project Description: 

•curriculum development (in coordination with the Multimedia Instructor)

•volunteer recruitment and management

•student outreach

•development of outreach networks and relationships

•student instruction/discussion facilitation

•development of program documentation

•participation in program evaluation

•developing a resource library for students on a variety of topics (gender, multimedia, education, etc)

•Website development in coordination with web design curriculum development.

Project Outcome: 

Girls Get Digital trains women in the use of media; program participants create multimedia resources for local nonprofits and other clients. GGD was able to see the fruits of our labor during our pilot year. As in the first half of her year with the program, Kathy was the keystone of our success, though additionally exciting was watching Kathy truly come into her own in her coordination of the program.

A strong curriculum was created in our pilot year. This is under constant review and reconstruction, but curriculum work (including reflection on what worked and what should be changed) in the first year has created a strong foundation for that.

The GGD application and program evaluation documentation was created prior to the first session and has needed very little revision since. Documentation for the rest of the program was created on as-need basis, and has largely followed guidelines by our summer session funder, which provided a standard set of consents, incident reports, etc.

Kathy did a great job conducting outreach in schools, through local social service organizations and in clubs for participant recruitment. Kathy also did great work with a volunteer and the Multimedia Instructor to identify field trip sites.

Kathy’s excellent research and writing skills were a huge asset to the program and resulted in our funding by AfterSchool Matters (for the summer and now the fall GGD sessions) and for our very first foundation funding.

Kathy developed and circulated press releases. The newsletter was tabled for the time being, and is now being developed by our current VISTA staff.

Initial work on identifying local program and online resources for program participants was completed. In a city as populated and large as Chicago, an exhaustive resource library is a Herculean task. Kathy assisted with the foundations for this library and the task is being carried on with staff at this time.

CTC Youth Media Program Building

VISTA Name: 
Anthony O'Rourke
Program Start: 
9/2006
Program End: 
9/2007
Project Description: 

The priority during Tony’s time at the clubs has been to develop programs specializing in youth media.

Project Outcome: 

Tony successfully created a project plan, lesson plans, program write-ups and evaluations for programs in the past year. These programs provide valuable skills to students in the following areas. Photoshop- design and tools, , Movie making, Robotics, Music Making, Diversity training, Literacy enrichment, Web Design, Graphic Design/Arts and the Techathalon (a state wide event). The Americorp Vista participated in outreach and recruitment with several community groups. He secured several donations for fundraising efforts through community relations he developed. During the past year, he visited the Young Champions program and urged them to participate in after school programs at the club site, greatly increasing the size and reach of our programs.

Impact Quote: 

Tony O’Rourke has performed above expectations throughout his time at the Boys & Girls Clubs of the East Valley. He has consistently documented programs and developed resources and trainings in supported of the computer and youth leadership programs.

Transmission Project