Last night I attended my first Portland WordPress Meetup. I joined the Seattle WordPress Meetup in 2010 and then later, the UW WordPress User Group. Over the years, both of these groups have helped me learn the best practices for designing and developing WordPress sites. These groups are welcoming to users, designers and developers of all levels of experience. I’ve made a lot of good friends through these groups, collaborated on projects and problem-solving site issues with other members.
I’m looking forward to becoming more involved with the Portland WordPress group and am volunteering to help plan the upcoming Portland WordCamp.
After living in Seattle for over 25 years, I’ve moved to Portland.
While in Seattle, I worked with some great organizations including the Pacific Science Center, the Seattle Art Museum, YMCA, American Diabetes Association, several local design and marketing firms, and the University of Washington’s Haring Center. I’ve enjoyed working for all of these organizations and found my projects to be interesting, creative and meaningful. My co-workers were dedicated and talented people — many who have become lifelong friends.
Seattle has some great professional organizations that I was fortunate to be part of. One of the first ones I joined when I first moved to Seattle was the Society of Professional Graphic Artists (SPGA), which later merged with the Graphic Artists Guild. Later, I joined the AIGA, IxDA Seattle, UW’s Accessible Web Group, the UW WordPress User’s Group and the Seattle WordPress Meetup Group. Each of these organizations and their members were very helpful, informative and encouraging as I further developed my professional graphic design, web design and development skills.
My husband and I have been visiting Portland over the last few years and finally decided to move here. Every day we explore Portland more and are loving our new, “weird”, friendly city.
I will continue to work with some of my existing freelance clients and to work remotely for UW’s Haring Center. I am looking forward to learning more about Portland’s Graphic and Web Design communities.
My latest website project has been to develop a Shopify website for Haring Center’s Professional Development Unit (PDU).
Haring Center’s PDU offers professional development opportunities including workshops, live and recorded webinars. As part of the University of Washington, we use Bridge, a Learning Management System (LMS) by Instructure, to present our courses. This new Shopify site allows our customers to be able to purchase our courses and link to the course materials on Bridge.
My task was to create the Shopify site, style it with Haring Center’s brand and modify the theme to market our courses. While I’ve worked with many CMS platforms to create websites, this project presented some new challenges — for me and for the University of Washington’s IT department.
The university is piloting Bridge but this is the first time they’ve tried to enable users to purchase courses through a Shopify ecommerce website. On the Bridge side, the UW’s IT group worked with Instructure to create a portal for the PDU’s courses to link to our Shopify site.
Because Bridge and Shopify are separate systems, only a limited amount of information gets passed between the 2 different systems. This meant that we did a lot of user testing to ensure that the sites worked together and effectively marketed our courses — often creating work-arounds for features that weren’t supported by both platforms. In the end, we’ve created a system that is user friendly and our audience is able to purchase the courses that they want to take through our new Shopify site.
Visit Haring Center PDU’s Shopify site.