I started Conduit Designs, LLC supporting small one-person shops much like my own. Knitters, designers, yoga instructors, massage therapists... if they had a dream for their business, I was there for their web site needs.
I've also built sites for much larger projects too! From Tech incubators, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation funded projects, even Clinical Trial sites: I've got over a decade's worth of experience handling projects big and small.
Below is list of small and large projects I've enjoyed buildings with clients over the years. Some of which I still have a relationship with to this day.
This was the first big project tackled by Conduit Designs, LLC and, since it's start in 2013, it has grown exponentially.
In 2017, The Gates Foundation awarded $7 million for phase three funding of the Reinvent the Toilet project led by Duke with partners at RTI International, Colorado State University and several other evolving partnerships. The effort -- led by Brian R. Stoner, a Duke-RTI scholar and member of Duke University's electrical and computer engineering (ECE), and ECE professor Jeff Glass -- is aimed at developing an off-grid energy neutral sanitation system currently being tested in India.
It was always a personal dream/goal of mine for Conduit to support and be part of something that affected the world on a global scale. To say I am proud to have been part of this project from the ground level to present day, would be an immense understatement.
"The Sanitation Technology Platform (STeP) helps transformative technologies reach the 2.5 billion people worldwide who don’t have access to safe, affordable sanitation. STeP provides a full range of services including field testing, market intelligence and user insights to help inventors and industry develop products and services that address market and consumer needs. STeP is a collaboration of global experts and organizations that removes risk and streamlines the path to market, fostering greater success for its partners."
The STeP project reached out to me after seeing my work with ABetterToilet.org and wanted me to help research and implement a web-based resource library to share published documents on the many aspects/challenges of deploying sanitation solutions in different globally. I went with Igloo's platform because it offered the security and robust file permissions they were looking for. It also afforded me the flexibility to design their product as close as I could STeP's existing public site.
I was approached by UX Shop here Durham, NC to build out a design refresh of theirs for 8Rivers.com. It was a vast departure from their previous design and I was really delighted with how it all came out. It was also the first time Conduit collaborated with a local design firm and, not surprisingly, it was a smooth endeavor. They run a tight ship, are very professional, and I look forward to another opportunity to work with them!
8rivers is a Durham firm that is laser-focused on developing sustainable, infrastructure-scale solutions to important societal problems.
Connie is a published and highly regarded knit designer. She started knit design whilst finishing a post doc in physics. What started as a hobby quickly became a profession and eventually she needed to start creating her own brand. That's when she came to me asking for help with her own personal site in 2009 (self-hosted with a new domain name). It was a genuine pleasure building and designing it from the ground up with her. Hard to believe it was that long ago!
Melissa Wehrle has been knitting since she was 7. A graduate of the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City (where she majored in Fashion Design, specializing in knitwear) she's created quite the accomplished career with needles and yarn. An author as well, her first book was published 2013. She approached me in December of 2009 about migrating her existing site on blogger.com to a self-hosted WordPress site. She simply wanted a site that reflected her style and accomplishments better than blogger could. It was really fun collaborating with her and bringing her vision of her personal home on the web to life.
Published knit designer, painter, published writer, and a staunch advocate for all things creative, Kat has been "fueled by folk art, textiles, garden whimsies, children’s art, lace structures, intricate patterns, and delicate form." Her most recent work that became a national phenomenon in the US was her pattern for the "Pussy Power Hat" that was seen for miles and miles during the Women’s March on Washington D.C. in January 2017. Kat also owns The Little Knittery in Atwater Village, CA.
Jamie and Amanda had a beautiful wedding here in Durham, NC and originally started up a SquareSpace site to be a bit of an information hub for their special day as well as a gallery of photos from the event (and their life together) to share with the rest of the world afterwards. With the wedding done, they approached me to migrate the site off of SquareSpace to a free site on WordPress.com. It was an interesting challenge trying to find a theme on WordPress.com that came close to accommodating the look and feel of their original site on SquareSpace. Needless to say, I am really happy with how it turned out and, most importantly, they are too!