Ignatius Press asked my good friend Ted Schluenderfritz to build a new web site for author Michael O'Brien. Ted decided to focus his considerable artistic skills on the design, and bring me in for the coding.
This site only has a few pages, and they won't change often. So, Ignatius decided to skip the overhead of software like WordPress or Drupal, and have me code up the site in static HTML. I enjoyed getting "back to basics" and building Ted's elegant design in simple HTML and CSS.
This Is My Body, by Mark Shea. I redesigned the cover from scratch. However, Christendom provided the main image (“The Savior,” by Juan di Juanes). With an image that gorgeous, it was hard to go wrong. This book got a thorough makeover; I also gave the text a fresh typesetting. Mark Shea was quite pleased.
Another project from the Population Research Institute. This site showcases their line of funny videos exploding the myth of overpopulation, while also explaining the research behind their conclusions. As with pop.org, the design is theirs; I build their mockups in Drupal and CSS. Also like pop.org, this site began on Joomla, but I moved it to Drupal.
Not long after the move, I saw the power of Drupal modules yet again, when they decided to run a T-shirt design contest. Could I set up a way for visitors to vote on their favorite T-shirt design? A quick search on drupal.org, and I had a good, solid module that would do just that.
I don't think I've ever been so spoiled with any other web site client. The site is advertising a graphic novel, so of course the author had very particular ideas about the graphics. And that meant he provided them -- all of them. Beyond that, he just basically wanted a Wordpress blog. All the graphics + basic Wordpress install = happy web developer.
I've become such a Drupal fan that I was tempted to try to convert him. But I'm glad I decided to let him have the Wordpress he wanted. If all you want is a blog, Wordpress is still really really good at that.
When I first started working with the Population Research Institute, their website relied on a proprietary content management system. Their site offered hundreds of articles, but they were full of hard-coded formatting like fonts, heading sizes, and colors (such as purple). Many hours of Perl and proofreading later, PRI had a new Joomla site with a clean, consistent look.
Joomla served them well, but fortunately, by the time they discovered the real constraints, I had discovered Drupal.
Jobs of Our Own: Building a Stakeholder Society: Alternatives to the Market and the State, by Race Mathews (Irving, TX: Distributist Review Press, 2009)
Jobs of Our Own is definitely the best history of distributism I've ever read. The author first published it in his native Australia, and after the book went out of print, the Distributist Review Press decided to print an American edition. Of course, Australian typography is a bit different (take everything you know about single and double quotes, and any nearby punctuation, and reverse it).
St. Mary's Messenger is a new Catholic kids' magazine (ages 7-12), and most of our energy goes into the print version. (I'm also the editor and layout guy.) But we know the web site is our crucial tool for keeping in touch with our readers.
I was very happy to migrate this site from Joomla to Drupal. In past years, with Joomla, I had to write custom PHP scripts whenever we wanted to get custom feedback (e.g., a drop-down list of answers) from potential readers. Today, with Drupal profiles and CCK, it's almost too easy.
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