Web Design

Web work has been my bread and butter for the past few years. Churches, small businesses, Not-For-Profit organizations and performers appreciated my basic, no-nonsense approach to design. They just needed to get the job done and have their visitors get the information they needed. I refer you to the sites of Tom Allen, Lost Pilgrims and Durham Philharmonic Choir to see some current work.

My biggest work was as the Web Communications specialist for The Presbyterian Church in Canada. In the early 90s the denomination was a mainly paper-based operation and the internet was a fairly new thing. There had been some experimental efforts to get the denomination online - but nothing too official. By the end of my 10 year tenure there, almost every document they were producing had an online version of it. We were also building an archive of older documents to be made available to the denomination.

At the annual "General Assembly" my innovations included same-day photo "coverage" of the event, audio clips of important speeches and musical events, posting of daily digests and posting of the official minutes of the meetings as they came available. I also provided on-site computer support to delegates (when the thought of bringing your own connected device everywhere was a distant dream). This kind of coverage also extended to their youth conferences.

Other features I initiated included PCConnect (a monthly email newsletter), targeted email lists (for news from specific denominational ministries), workshops with groups across Canada teaching congregations how to use the internet (there was a time when it was a new thing) and consultation to congregations and organizations within the denomination on forming their own internet presence.

I remember a presentation I did at the national office in Toronto where we demonstrated how I could type this thing called an email to a colleague in Winnipeg and within moments receive a response from the person. Another colleague in Kingston replied with a digital photo (taken earlier that same day) attachment. Yes, it was ground-breaking stuff then.