Dana Lachman

Exquisite Corpse

Exquisite Corpse is a single page application that I built as my final project for The Iron Yard, an intensive, full-time, 3-month coding bootcamp.

The app is inspired by and borrows its name from a game played by Surrealists artists. Participants contribute, in turn, to a written work but are only shown the last few lines of text written by the previous collaborator. The name is derived from a line in one of the Surrealists' first such projects: Le cadavre exquis boira le vin nouveau ("The exquisite corpse shall drink the new wine").

The app is built using React views, Backbone models and collections, node.js postgres, and express.

Texas Education Agency

About halfway through my tenure at the Texas Education Agency, the web team embarked on a ground-up redesign of the agency website.

One of my responsibilities during the redesign was to tear apart and rebuild the site's content architecture. Our users reported that they found our website difficult to navigate, and my job was to evaluate the website's 7,000 pages, eliminate outdated and duplicate content, develop logical top-level categories, and build a content tree that went no more than four levels deep.

Once all the site's pages had a home, I spearheaded a project to rewrite content in plain language. I also helped create a simplified process for getting content published on the site.

Franklin Barbecue

Back when Aaron and Stacey were running their barbecue joint out of an Airstream trailer in Austin, they needed someone to help them create a web presence.

I designed and built their first website using a retro look that communicated Franklin's aesthetic as well as the spirit of both Austin and Texas barbecue culture.

They've since moved to a brick and mortar building and hired a web studio to rebuild and maintain their site, but if you visit, you'll see they kept many elements of my original design.

Mariposa Montessori

This is my most recent freelance design/development project, the 30th such project I've worked on over the past six years.

Mariposa Montessori director Whitney Falcon wanted to update the school's outdated website with a clean, up-to-date look and well-structured code for easy maintenance. Since their prospective customers want pretty specific information, I created a (mostly) single-page site with thoughtful, tailored content.

Austin Digitial Printing

Austin Digital Printing (ADP) was a client of small marketing firm for which I was a web development contractor from 2011 to 2013.

ADP needed a website that showcased their work while still providing clear information about their services, tools, and printing process. I designed and built a clean, readable site with a mix of images to add color and highlight the shop and its work. I took all the photos for the site as well.

I'm particularly proud of the fact that the site, which I completed in mid-2012, is largely responsive, a practice that was not yet common in the web world.