MichaelKraft.info

Musing about software, servers, and the awful, awful mess that is technology.

This Website

This website is the portal through which I market myself to potential employers and clients alike.  It combines the best elements of my graphic design abilities along with a clean and simple design for the pages themselves.  I didn’t want anything too flashy; just something simple that works well.  I believe I rode the knife edge between over-design and over-simplification quite well.

This site is relatively new, so expect periodic updates to it as I find bugs to squish.  In the meantime…

Notable Features:

  • Site-wide AJAX implementation, including back/forward buttons.
  • Fully optimized for mobile devices using media queries (resize your browser window if you’re on a desktop.)
  • Large, easy to see graphics and overall simplicity gain the attention of the viewer without overwhelming them.
  • Use of font-stack throughout to maintain look and feel across operating system and device boundaries.

 

Pillar of Dawn Studios

Front Page

Following a rebuild in Spring 2014 this site is no longer using WordPress. We were doing most of our “blogging” relating to the hobby on Facebook, so maintaining another blog engine on another site with all the joys of maintaining a WordPress theme (versus regular PHP) just lost it’s shine eventually.

The new site is quite streamlined and lightweight, taking up a fraction of the resources that the previous one did. No databases in use here, this is powered purely by PHP templating and the use of a router.

Notable Features:

  • Side-scrolling photoshoot navigation
  • Contact form
  • Facebook integration
  • Retina graphics for mobile devices/applicable desktops.

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Front Page

Pillar of Dawn Studios (old)

This is the website dedicated to my fiance and I’s cosplay and artistic ventures. The design emulates heavily the (at the time) design of Bungie.net, with each piece of the home page neatly divided into boxes.  This was written before I was fully using HTML 5, so most the design fits in the HTML 4 spec, with some faults.

The site has been online for more than three years, with minimal adjustments along the way.  It’s the product of a very long set of re-works, and overall, I’m extremely happy with it.

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Notable Features:

  • Dynamic-sized transitioned slide-down navigation.
  • Facebook integration with Pages application
  • Large, varied set of graphics, icons, and elements.