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Hello all,

My online content producer/digital and social media strategist portfolio site, is now live. I still have a few minor design tweaks to make, but overall it’s ready to go.


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Dawn Quinn

Crafting a killer portfolio: design and competitive analysis for

I’ve been wanting to create a portfolio site for years (years!), so getting the opportunity to create one in class for my final project has been phenomenal. The site will be a single spot to house information that I currently have all over the Internet: my resume, clips from my years as a journalist, blog posts, copywriting examples, photography, social media and other examples of my content producer work, and an about page. Not only do I want to use the site as a spot to direct people to, but I always also to clearly showcase the skills end experiences I’m touting. Read More…

Cloud Computing

Posted by Dawn Quinn for class on Wednesday, November 14, 2012.

Cloud computing has become a major buzz term in the tech world in recent years. Though it’s a definite boon for businesses, cloud computing is beneficial and relevant to consumers as well. It’s something we’ve actually been utilizing for a few years (perhaps without knowing or thinking there was a name for it).

Cloud computing is the practice of Internet-based computing, where different services, (such as servers and apps) are regularly stored and accessed through the Internet.

It’s a smart move for businesses of any size because no prior knowledge is necessary to develop or maintain the infrastructure, development environment or apps. Cloud computing essentially outsources all of the housing and maintenance expenses to provide real benefits to customers. There are some things to be wary about when utilizing the cloud as well that will be covered in the presentation.

Effective plugins for a writer’s professional portfolio site

My site will function primarily as a portfolio site, so integrating elements that highlight my work experience is a no-brainer.

WP Resume

This plugin allows for easy customization of a resume on a blog, and has more sections than just positions including organizations, details, etc. Using WordPress code and drag and drop features, it seems like a smart solution to including this important information on my portfolio site.

Custom Contact Forms

I want to make sure that anyone who wants to contact me within my website can, (in addition to reaching me via social media and email). I’ve read up on contact forms and this seems to be a well-reviewed one that really screens out spammers well and is relatively easy to use.

Twitter Widget Pro

As Twitter and social media are becoming bigger parts of my professional life, having a solid Twitter plugin to display these on this site is just smart. This plugin handles twitter feeds including parsing by @, hashtags, switching URLs to links, etc., and looks clean. This would also be a great way for individuals to get to know a little more about me aside from my work/what’s on paper.

Standing out in a sea of journalists, bloggers and social media-ites

Like a few others in this course, my website is going to function as a personal portfolio. It will include examples of my articles of varying beats, blog posts, interviews, photos, school projects, copywriting, social media work, my resume, an about page and possibly a blog, (though I’m still not sure about that) and will become my go-to space for sharing my work with potential employers, collaborators and interested parties.

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