Institute of the Arts & Sciences

Director and Chief Curator Rachel Nelson hired me to develop the redesign for the Institute of Arts & Sciences at University of California Santa Cruz, a university art and research center that houses art exhibitions and social justice initiatives. Rachel needed to prepare a refreshed website in anticipation of the opening of the Institute’s physical gallery and make its presentation match the caliber of the work to be presented there.

I engaged Bonnie Brunner on visual design and developed the website on WordPress, taking advantage of the Gutenberg block editor to equip the Institute’s web team with tools that would allow them to construct a variety of engaging layouts without technical intervention. We made it possible for the team to calendar events in the Institute via the Events Calendar. Central to the redesign was providing the team with a robust suite of blocks for the exhibition template, so that each exhibition could be presented to the world as uniquely as the work itself.

WordPress gives the Institute of Arts & Sciences at UC Santa Cruz an engaging new look that matches the caliber of its groundbreaking art exhibitions.

I appreciate [his] perseverance and understanding through it all … we are indeed proud of the final product.

Ken Gagne Multimedia Communications Producer — Mass Eye and Ear

A fantastic job … His work completely transformed our web presence. He’s patient, thoughtful and talented. An innovator and a tireless worker. I recommend him highly and without reservation.

Jeff Parker Co-Founder & Director — Disquiet International

I know no better WordPress developer. You’d be lucky to have him work on your site.

Chad Capellman Director of Marketing & Business Development — Balance Interactive

Daniel is extremely organized and prompt in all of his communications and deliverables… I was constantly impressed with the speed and quality of his work and the responsiveness of his communications.

Elizabeth Friend Managing Director — S3IDF

Talented, efficient, and innovative: A Bad Penny Review couldn’t be any happier with our site or with our experience. Highly recommended.

Johnny Damm Editor-in-Chief — A Bad Penny Review

Daniel is one in a million… He’s lightning fast at whatever he does while also delivering at the highest quality. He is extremely patient and always willing to help.

Anne Brown VP, Interaction Designer — Bank of America

Certain people in the world just naturally exude professionalism. No matter what, you receive more than you had ever requested and are instantly humbled by it. Daniel is that kind of person.

Fetesha Downes Communications Manager — YWCA Metro Chicago

I would trust Daniel in a heartbeat with any design or programming project… he is a pleasure to work with, incredibly skilled and creative.

Howard Stelzer Record Producer — Intransitive Recordings

Daniel’s knowledge of production techniques and sophisticated design sense made me feel totally confident. The site is edgy yet professional—I highly recommend Daniel for his ability to produce great results.

Jamie Kerry Founder — Belle Étoile Studios

Daniel consistently delivers professional and high quality work. He has a great personality and he’s respected by all.

Eric Hoffman Instructional Media Designer — Stetson University

Dan has been so responsive to both our design and support needs. We continue to get compliments on the website on a regular basis. Dan is great to work with; he is a truly unique blend of professionalism, talent, engagement, and fun.

Elizabeth Friend Managing Director — S3IDF

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Terri Witek

In this design, each section of the site features full-bleed photography from her collaborations, and we focused on building a robust collaborations gallery that pulls in assets from Flickr.