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About Me

Hi! My name is Julie Knowles. I'm a Software Engineer with a strong background in Electrical Engineering that fueled my passion for the internet and software programming.

My first software program was using data punch cards and I still remember the day a coworker walked into my office and told about this crazy new thing called the "World Wide Web".

Technology has advanced so rapidly since the days of <font> and <color> tags and it's an exciting world to be in these days. I can't wait to see what the future brings!!

OnTapp App Home Page OnTapp App Nearby Breweries OnTapp App Ratings and Recommendations

OnTapp App

Web Application & Mobile Design

Technologies Used:

  • MEAN stack
    • MongoDB
    • Express
    • AngularJS
    • Node.js
  • Bootstrap
  • BreweryDB API
  • Google Maps API
  • less
  • PredictionIO
  • Windows Azure

Discover breweries nearby and receive personalized recommendations based on beer ratings.

Simply Mini Meals Home Page Simply Mini Meals Recipe Page Simply Mini Meals Resources Page

Simply Mini Meals

web Concept, Design & Development

Technologies Used:

  • MaxCDN
  • HTTPS/SSL
  • WordPress
    • Theme Used: Genesis
    • Plugins Used:
      • AdRotate
      • BackupBuddy
      • Easy Recipe Plus
      • Gravity Forms
      • MailChimp
      • W3 Total Cache

This is a personal project of mine that I've been trying to get off the ground, but haven't found the time yet to devote to it!

A little over a year ago, I lost a significant amount of weight (>40 pounds) using the program called Take Shape for Life (powered by Medifast). While on the program, I was looking for small meals that were around 100-200 calories and not finding a lot. Some day I'd like to get this blog off the ground and provide recipes for small, healthy meals!

This gave me the opportunity to try out the Genesis theme along with some "new" plugins for me (AdRotate and Easy Recipe Plus to name a couple). I also utilize CDN from MaxCDN because I had been wanting to try that out to see if it does help with speed and I just recently switched the site over to HTTPS/SSL.

Live Site

Bunz Home Page Bunz Story Bunz Breakfast Menu

Bunz

web Design & Development

Technologies Used:

  • WordPress
    • Theme Used: Thematic with Street Child Theme
    • Plugins Used:
      • BackupBuddy
      • Google Doc Embedder
      • NextGEN Gallery by Photocrati

Second site for San Diego Chef Jeff Rossman. I was provided the logo with color and built the website around that using the Street child theme for Thematic framework.

Kept the site as simple as possible and used the Google Doc Embedder plugin to allow the restaurant to upload PDFs for their menus.

Live Site

Ads

Ad Project

Design & Communication

Technologies Used:

  • Illustrator

Resources Used:

Ad project created for design class at UCLA Extension. Assignment was to create both a horizontal and vertical ad.

Chefs Press Home Page Chefs Press Gifts Chefs Press Cookbook

Chefs Press

web Development

Technologies Used:

  • WordPress
    • Theme Used: Twenty Ten Child Theme

Highly customized child theme for local cookbook publisher. Site has since been migrated to Squarespace.

Black Mountain Cub Scout Day Camp Black Mountain Cub Scout Day Camp Volunteer Page Black Mountain Cub Scout Day Camp Bio Page

Black Mountain Cub Scout Day Camp

web Concept, Design & Development

Technologies Used:

  • Drupal 6
    • Theme Used: CTI Flex
    • Modules Used:
      • CCK
      • UI - Wysiwyg

Site for local district day camp of which I was the Camp Director for from 2009-2013.

I wanted to play around with Drupal, so I took this opportunity to use Drupal for the website.

InDesign Projects Photoshop Projects

Design Projects

Adobe Software

Technologies Used:

  • InDesign
  • Photoshop

Resources Used:

Different design projects using Adobe InDesign and Photoshop.

InDesign projects included postcard designs limited to 5 colors and a conference poster.

Photoshop projects included making a concert poster and exploring figure/ground relationships, positive/negative shapes, integration and equivocal space for which I used Photoshop to complete.

Donna Farrow Company Home Page Donna Farrow Company Resources Page Donna Farrow Company About Page

Donna Farrow & Company

web Development

Technologies Used:

  • WordPress
    • Theme Used: Avenue
    • Plugins Used:
      • BackupBuddy
      • Custom Sidebar
      • Gravity Forms
      • NextGEN Gallery by Photocrati
      • WooSlider
      • WP-Property

Website for a property management company located in North Carolina.

Customized the theme and WP-Property.

Live Site

Typography Projects Design Briefs

Design

Typography & Design Briefs

Technologies Used:

  • InDesign

Resources Used:

Typography projects included a publication article in black & white and 2 colors with one optional image, a typeface specification poster and a brochure on special characters.

Design briefs were written on Book of Hours for Roman Use (Collins Hours), Madonna and Child by Carlo Crivelli, Moët & Chandon – Crémant Impérial by Alphonse Mucha and Eno's "Fruit Salt" magazine ad by Edward McKnight Kauffer.

Terra Catering and Events Weddings Terra Catering Home Page Terra Catering Contact Page

Terra Catering

web Design & Development

Technologies Used:

  • WordPress
    • Theme Used: Restaurateur (customized)
    • Plugins Used:
      • BackupBuddy
      • Google XML Sitemaps
      • Gravity Forms
      • NextGEN Gallery by Photocrati
      • Simp Modal Window

Sister site to Terra American Bistro for local San Diego chef, Chef Jeff Rossman.

Previously, the catering information was kept on the Terra American Bistro site, but the client wanted it moved to a separate site for more visibility.

Diligence Home Page Diligence History Page Diligence Roster

Diligence Guild

web Concept, Design & Development

Technologies Used:

  • HTML/CSS
  • PHP
  • MySQL
  • phpBB3
  • EQDKP
  • WordPress
    • Theme Used: customized them based off of Twenty Eleven
    • Plugins Used:
      • BackupBuddy

Website for Everquest gaming guild that I was a member of for many years.

Originally completely hand-coded in HTML, CSS and PHP that validated to strict XHTML, I eventually moved it into WordPress to allow active members to post to front page. Original site won First Place in Non-Professional WEb Design Division at the 2007 San Diego County Fair.

Live Site

Michael Pawlenty Home Page Michael Pawlenty Portfolio Page Michael Pawlenty About Page

Michael Pawlenty

web Development

Technologies Used:

  • WordPress
    • Theme Used: PHOTOME

Website for food photographer. Just set it up and then explained to customer how to use.

Live Site

Fortune Teller Branding Project Logo Project Branding Project

Branding

Logo Design & Promo Pieces

Technologies Used:

  • Illustrator
  • Photoshop

Logo created in Illustrator and then used for "fortune teller" promo piece which also included a bookmark.

Second promo piece is a handmade cup cozy with a pocket on both sides to hold a business card.

Third promo piece is a special Thanksgiving menu mailer for a restaurant that doubles as a paper airplane.

Terra American Bistro Home Page Terra American Bistro Cookbook Terra American Bistro Contact Page

Terra American Bistro

web Design & Development

Technologies Used:

  • WordPress
    • Theme Used: Foodilicious (customized)
    • Plugins Used:
      • Akismet
      • BackupBuddy
      • Gravity Forms
      • Latest Tweets Widget
      • NextGEN Gallery by Photocrati
      • Social Media Widget

Initial site for San Diego Chef Jeff Rossman. Customized to add features like rotating daily/weekly specials depending on the day and random Chef's Corner post.

Cook San Diego Recipe Page Cook San Diego Home Page Cook San Diego Book Page

Cook San Diego

Web Concept & Development

Technologies Used:

  • WordPress
    • Theme Used: FoodPress (customized)
    • Plugins Used:
      • Adsense Made Easy
      • Multi-Column Taxonomy List
      • WP Events Calendar
      • YouTube Channel
      • ZipList Recipe Plugin

Initial concept of local cookbook publisher to monetize content involving food in San Diego. Initial plan was to have all the cookbooks available, interviews with chefs and experts, recipes from chefs, reviews of businesses and much more information for residents and visitors of San Diego.

Touchstone Compliance Home Page Touchstone Compliance Landing Page Touchstone Compliance Process Page

Touchstone Compliance

web Development & Application

Technologies Used:

  • WordPress
    • Theme Used: Avenue
    • Plugins Used:
      • MailPress

Website created in WordPress for customer with customized theme.

Questionnaire application written in PHP to determine percentage of HIPAA compliance.