Update (09:37 1/25/08): I might be doing 33rd Street Productions’ website, we’ll see what pans out come next board meeting. (33rd is IIT’s theatre group.)
Update (17:11 1/25/08): Becky and Aunt Marilyn have both come to me with website propositions. If anything, I could just do one for the class project and then do the other ones over the summer or something (again, most likely for free since I would still be building my portfolio). Thanks for the interest, guys!
Update (01:35 1/26/08 Happy Birthday too me): Add Linda’s dad to the list as well.
The Request: Anyone need a website? Or know someone that does?
For my ITM461 class we are going to be doing a big project throughout the course of the semester, adding to it as we learn new things, and the professor wants this project to be for someone or a group that needs either a presence on the web, or a better looking / more functional presence on the web.
During the semester, I will be learning:
The professor has said that if we are interested in something beyond the scope of the course and would like to try it out in our assignments or projects, that we would get the equivalent of bonus points (she doesn’t have a grading scale, per se). Personally, I’m interested in learning more than just a “small amount” of PHP, so that would definitely be one area I would be expanding upon (perhaps in relation to MySQL databases). She has also stated that she would ensure us not only a functionally sound website, but also a well-designed (read: pretty; or handsome for those of you who don’t like “pretty” things) website that will not turn off customers and clients alike.
What would the cost be to you, the client? Zero dollars. I am doing this as a class assignment, but more importantly this would be the first real piece upon which I would feel comfortable building a portfolio. I do not feel it would be right to charge a customer money when they have no idea what the quality of my work will be (this website was not designed by me, it was a free theme I downloaded months and months ago; when I get more confident I will redo this to reflect my own abilities). Besides, you, the customer, get a free website and I get a free addition to my portfolio. It works out well for both of us.
There is only one “problem” that potential clients may have an issue with: The project will be completed somewhere around the end of April or the beginning of May. Since this is a semester long project and we will be applying what we learn in class to the project, it is inappropriate to say that the project will be done before I have learned everything that I need to complete said project.
About me: I have been doing web design in bursts since I was roughly ten years old. I am currently a twenty-one year old (well, I will be twenty-one two days after this is posted; it is just easier to round up at this point) junior at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago. Because I have been fooling with web design for so long, I am incredibly comfortable with playing around with various tools and technologies as well as trying new things. I enjoy learning about new techniques on my own, but other aspects of my life have been pulling me away from web design, so this class is a great excuse to get back into it. The way that my major and minor are taking me, I would most likely end up working in some sort of systems administration type role. Systems administration does sound like a neat job: to be responsible for making sure possibly hundreds of machines and servers are not going to blow up just sounds fun; but to be able to freelance web design for clients on the side (or eventually as my main source of income) is my ultimate dream. This is the kind of work that I love.
If you or anyone you know are interested, please contact me via one of the following methods:
If a phone number is required, please contact me through one of the previous methods first as I do not feel comfortable putting my number on the public web.
Again, if you don’t have a need for a website, but know someone that does, please send them to this post.