Charlene E. Jackson

Experienced Writer Web Developer UI/UX Designer Researcher Artist

Multimedia

"We are stuck with technology when what we really want is just stuff that works"

–DOUGLAS ADAMS, The Salmon of Doubt (2002)

 

I've legitimately lost count of how many web/video/audio projects I've worked on over the years. That said, I've tried to use this space to offer up some samples that are not only recent but also showcase some variety.

Nothing here is perfect. My videos, for example, have flaws that drive me crazy now - a prime example being the sound in This Song Has Nothing to Do with Graduate Studies. There are plenty of things I've learned to fix since making that video. All the same, the thing as a whole is something I'm proud of, mostly because I had a blast creating it and learned so much doing it. I suppose that means that you, the viewer, will actually get less out of it than I do personally, but I have faith that at least some of the fun will bleed through. (Go on - laugh. Double dog dare ya.)

I plan to expand on this section as more projects become available. (The truth is, there are things I wish I could show but can't because of intellectual property issues.) Well, begin in the beginning, right?
Ignite Circus

FORMAT:
Website (business)

RESOURCES:
www.ignitecircus.ca (new window)

KEY DELIVERABLES:
Site design and development (with Stephen J. Read)
Branding
Logo design (with Stephen J. Read)
Custom graphic designs (with Stephen J. Read)
Copywriting/editing

SUMMARY:
This project was built on WordPress for Ignite Circus. Founded by Danielle Knustgraichen, Ignite focuses on ground arts such as hula hooping, fire performance, and clowning. They are also active in the growing social circus movement.
Be More Brave, Not Less Afraid. Ignite the Light Within

Cirque'letics

FORMAT:
Website (business)

RESOURCES:
www.cirqueletics.ca (new window)

KEY DELIVERABLES:
Site design and development (with Stephen J. Read)
Branding
Logo design (with Stephen J. Read)
Copywriting/editing
Membership system framework (CakePHP) + integration (with Stephen J. Read)

SUMMARY:
Built on WordPress, this site was created as part of Cirque'letics' rebranding. The circus school, founded by Danielle Aubut, offers classes in aerial arts such as silks, lyra, and trapeze.
Cirque'letics — Embrace the Air

Home-InternationalNL

FORMAT:
Website (business)

RESOURCES:
www.homeinternationalnl.ca (new window)

KEY DELIVERABLES:
Site design and development (with Stephen J. Read)
Logo redesign (with Stephen J. Read)
Custom graphic designs (with Stephen J. Read)
Copyediting
Fillable PDF forms

SUMMARY:
A Bootstrap-based site developed for Home-International NL — a local homestay program founded by Melissa Humphries. The program takes international students from grades 9-12 and introduces them to life in NL and the rich heritage the province has to offer.
Home-InternationalNL

The Dymond-Studded Menagerie of Oddities

FORMAT:
Website (promotional)

RESOURCES:
www.bloodandcupcakes.com/odd/ (new window)

KEY DELIVERABLES:
Site design and development (with Stephen J. Read)
Promotional poster design (with Stephen J. Read)
Custom graphic designs (with Stephen J. Read)
Copywriting/editing
Social media marketing

SUMMARY:
This Bootstrap-based site was created as part of a promotional push for a circus arts-based show that I helped produce with Danielle Knustgraichen (The Spinsters) and Danielle Aubut (Cirque'letics). It was designed to compliment our social media campaign and also serve as a information source for interested parties who did not subscribe to any social media accounts.

The webspace itself was donated by me and hosted via my Blood & Cupcakes blog. I also wrote all featured content.

Fun fact: I also wrote and performed a piece in said show. If you want to hire a cranky mermaid, I'm your gal.
The Dymond-Studded Menagerie of Oddities

Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science

FORMAT:
Website Network (university faculty)

RESOURCES: (all links open in a new browser window)
Main Site:
www.mun.ca/engineering
Civil Engineering: www.mun.ca/engineering/civil
Electrical and Computer Engineering: www.mun.ca/engineering/ece
Mechanical Engineering: www.mun.ca/engineering/mech
Ocean and Naval Architectural Engineering: www.mun.ca/engineering/ona
Process Engineering: www.mun.ca/engineering/process

SUMMARY:
The Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science's (FEAS) network of sites were launched in July 2015 as part of Memorial University of Newfoundland's (MUN) effort to implement responsive design practices on a campus-wide scale. As the sole web developer for the faculty, I worked closely with the Engineering and Computing Services (ECS) manager, FEAS communications officer, as well as the Marketing and Communications (Marcomm) web developer and web content services manager to develop an efficient resource that would be representative of FEAS as a whole.

The main site and subsequent departmental sites were (as of the spring of 2017) powered by and primarily maintained via Site Builder - MUN's in-house content management system (CMS). The core modern responsive design was initiated by Marcomm. In the early development phase of the site network, I was responsible for user interface design (UID) and faculty-specific components. My role entailed experience design (UXD) and general site maintenance (e.g., bug fixes; content editing). I also offered training sessions and resources to faculty and staff in the areas of content creation and management (e.g., faculty profile pages; term information for current students).
Faculty of Engingeering and Applied Science

How to Download, Install, & Use DOSBox in Windows 7

FORMAT:
Video (tutorial)

RESOURCES:
YouTube Video (new window)

SUMMARY:
A video tutorial created as part of a project for a master's course at the University of Western Ontario called LIS 9713: Internet Broadcasting for the Public Sector. The purpose was to demonstrate the ability to use video capture software as a means of delivering tutorials and other educational resources.

Created under the guidance of Professor Gord Nickerson.

How
                    to Download, Install, & Use DOSBox in Windows 7
This Song Has Nothing to Do with Graduate Studies

FORMAT:
Video (entertainment)

RESOURCES:
YouTube Video (new window)

SUMMARY:
This film was created as part of a project for a master's course at the University of Western University called LIS 9713: Internet Broadcasting for the Public Sector.

The film was the final project in the course and served to demonstrate an amalgamation of all techniques learned throughout the semester. The foundation for this video was laid by a number of inside jokes between colleagues. This means the video was produced to serve as a homage to our cohort's time at Western whilst still fulfilling the requirements of LIS 9713. That being said, knowledge of said inside jests are not necessary to enjoy this video. Considering it is set up as a sociological study of graduate student behaviour (imagine Masterpiece Theatre meets Hinterland Who's Who), it can simply be enjoyed as exaggerated documentation of the goings on during more "recreational" moments of graduate studies. (Note that Gotye's hit, "Somebody That I Used To Know" was quite popular during this time. In other words, we were all sick to death of hearing it, so that's why it was chosen. Easy fodder, and all that. I have no shame ... although I still love Gotye.)

Created under the guidance of Professor Gord Nickerson.
This Song Has Nothing to Do with Graduate Studies