I am Ian Shorrock, a web-application & site developer, graphic designer, and user interface designer from Boulder, Colorado.
Asteroseismic Modeling Portal
Worked in a team of three to build an online interface through which scientists review and submit simulations modeling the interior of stars, a study known as Asteroseismology. We needed a system that would allow for rapid prototyping and easy maintenance and would work smoothly with a Python comput...
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Astrid Paustian online gallery
The project was to create an online gallery and artists portfolio for Boulder fine artist Astrid Paustian. She required a system that was easy to modify with little technical expertise, to allow her to add and remove paintings to galleries. Drupal was an easy choice for this project, allowing for an...
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Skills247 instructional videos site
This project was to create a site through which the client could serve instructional videos to a range of casual and professional viewers. I worked in a team of three to illustrate the stylized buildings, render them in 3D using Blender, and build the Flash interface and video player. Video content ...
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Currently, my focus is to find full-time employment with an exciting tech company with large growth potential.
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My contract services include:
- User Interface Design.
- Website Development (CSS, XHTML, Drupal, Django, DHTML).
- Graphic Design for Print or Digital Media.
My professional career began in 2004 as a graphic designer for Fiske Planetarium, combining my interests in computing and visual communication.
In 2005 I rapidly moved into interactive media doing freelance Flash development and User Interface Design, and then in 2006 as a web designer and themer for PingVision LLC.
In 2008 my focus shifted towards web application development working with the National Center for Atmospheric Research.
In December 2008 I graduated with a Bachelor of Art degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder.
My emphasis was in Digital Art and Photography.
I also hold a Technology Art and Media certificate from the ATLAS institute at CU, completed Spring 2008.
Compatibility, content, & CAPTCHAs
I've updated the site recently, adding a few new pieces of content and providing browser support for IE 7, Chrome and Safari.
My recent project is creating a Django Question / Answer pseudo-CAPTCHA system, explicitly for implementation on http://amp.ucar.edu to provide verification for automated account registration and contact forms. In addition, the application has been developed to be project agnostic and I plan on releasing it to the Django open source community.
Using a trivia based system on sites may provide a human friendly alternative to the alphanumeric CAPTCHAs of old. Acceptance in this case is dependent on a user community that is either knowledgeable in an area of specific trivial knowledge, or is willing to perform brief research. A site with a limited number of Q/A challenges available for use may suffer vulnerabilities to attacks using successful question / answer pairs recorded by a human. Hopefully, proper implementation with a sizable Q/A challenge library or brute force & repeat refreshing monitoring should deter automated registration for most sites.
After several weeks of hard work, I'm releasing my site into the world! The site is operating as a beta, with much content left to be added and a few functional and design tweaks to be had.
Currently, the only supported browser is Firefox. My next step after finishing content will be browser compatibility, sorry for any inconvenience.
Please check out my work, get a feel for the site and be sure to use the Contact page to send me your thoughts and suggestions. Thanks for visiting!