I'm Jake, a web developer & designer living in New York City. Currently I'm working as a frontend developer for Livestream, a live video streaming platform used by hundreds of thousands of people. There, I make awesome things using frameworks like Backbone.js, jQuery and Ruby on Rails. I'm passionate about design, user experience, and building awesome things that people love to use.
Portal was a little social networking hub I built for myself as an excuse to experiment with CSS3 and jQuery. It was designed and built from scratch in just one weekend.
The page aggregates its data by using jQuery and Ajax to poll the different social networks' APIs. It aggregates my latest updates from Tumblr, Twitter and Last.fm.
Project Dashboard is a project archive web application I designed while working at a digital agency. It was created using Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop.
I had the privilege of collaborating on a website for PD-LD, a manufacturer of laser products. The website was built using WordPress, along with the excellent Magic Fields plugin.
The products page features a custom breadcrumb trail which displays a drop-down menu of each page's siblings. The menu is built using a custom WordPress template.
I worked as part of a team to create a microsite for inciteXchange, a design event run by Temple University, using the WordPress content management system.
College Exploration Tours is a company that takes high school students on tours of college campuses. I worked closely with the company to design and build the website from the ground up.
The website is designed to resemble a cork board—one that might be found in a college dorm. Highlights, shadows, noise and gradients are all used to convey a sense of realism.
I had the pleasure of redesigning the website for Drexel University Replay, Drexel University's video game research lab. Pictured above is the original website.
My goal for the redesign was to create something cleaner and more spacious than the original. Icons and subtle patterns are used to give the design a stronger sense of personality.