Thank you for visiting! Please browse through my website to find out what I can do for you--web design and development, software development, photography, or any related activity. I look forward to talking and meeting with you!
In today's hyper-paced world, a website is no longer a luxury--it is a requirement for doing business. The most valuable real estate is screen real estate on the internet which announces your presence and communicates your message--not just locally, but to the entire world, 24/7. And the clearer your message, the more powerful.
If you know what you want in a website, Gerard will work with you to turn your concept into reality. But if you're like many of us who want a website but are not quite able to articulate it, Gerard will start with a simple design and work with you to evolve it. How far you evolve it is up to you.
Either way, Gerard is uniquely qualified to produce a website for you, with valuable and practical experience in newsletter writing and production, photography, user interface design, and software development. By handling all aspects of design and production, Gerard ensures that your website communicates a clear, consistent, and quality message in an aesthetic presentation.
Each client's situation is unique and deserving of individual attention. Gerard will gladly meet with you to discuss your needs and develop a plan.
For seven years from 2007-2014, Gerard worked fulltime at the Stanford Center for Professional Development (SCPD) at Stanford University, as a Web Developer and Photographer. What started as a temp job turned into a fixed term appointment which was extended three times.
SCPD provides Stanford graduate engineering courses and professional development programs to working engineers, primarily over the internet. SCPD's websites are crucial to their mission. Gerard maintained the main SCPD site, many mini-sites dedicated to special programs, and hundreds of landing pages.
Websites today are very complex, and it can be a challenge to keep them looking fresh. Gerard preserved the integrity of the original designs over the long term, using existing layouts and style sheets as much as possible. When new designs were needed to accommodate changes such as new layouts, Gerard worked carefully to extend the existing design to preserve the original look and feel.
At SCPD, decisions on websites were made collaboratively which typically required several iterations where multiple designs were considered and tweaked. Gerard is accustomed to taking a lead role in such collaborations.
Gerard produced many photographs appearing on the sites, often of the picturesque Stanford campus, see samples at https://gerardlum.smugmug.com/Stanford.
Visitors to the SCPD site, typically engineers, have high expectations; Gerard did all he could to make a positive first impression and meet those expectations.
Links to some representative sites maintained, or created and maintained, by Gerard appear below.
On the SCPD main website, Gerard maintained the pages which describe the many services provided by SCPD, the admission procedures, and more. (Pages related to course registration were maintained by others.)
The main site and mini-sites below were designed by Kapow, a design firm with many outstanding sites to their credit—Gerard designed early versions of landing pages and some mini-sites which provided starting points for Kapow. Gerard was responsible for the final content, appearance, and functioning of the sites over the long term.
The main site was typical of the time of its launch in 2008—information-heavy using small type, included Flash, and designed with a fixed width for viewing on desktop monitors. The detailed styling was achieved with very complex style sheets.
Following are two representative screenshots:
Home Page (featured a slideshow of campus photographs by Gerard, updated regularly)
Computer Musings by Professor Donald E. Knuth (page designed by Gerard, used a collapsible accordion coded with jQuery to accomodate Professor Knuth's prolific output)
SCPD stayed with this version of the main site for nearly six years until July 2014, when it was replaced with a new, responsive, Drupal version.
Mini-sites are smaller websites dedicated to a single program offered by SCPD. Kapow designed the Innovation and Entrepreneurship mini-site in early 2013; Gerard extended the original design to other mini-sites, incorporating the Stanford branding specified by the Stanford Identity Toolkit.
French Meadows Summer Camp is an annual eight-day event that takes place in the Tahoe National Forest, where the photographs on this site were taken. The 2015 camp was the last held there; it has since moved to Camp Sylvester in Pinecrest, CA.
Gerard designed and created this site with Flash when its use was widespread. The site is sized 1024x768 with sound.
Following are samples of software development work over the years.
Software Engineer, Sable Technologies: led development of Graphical User Interfaces and Database Programs for the Restaurant Industry using Visual Basic/Access. Applications included Employee Timekeeping, Employee Scheduling, Employee Database, and Reporting on all aspects of restaurant operation.
Developer, Myers-Holum: participated in team development of a GUI to a large, character-based accounting program using Visual Basic/Access.
Associate Principal Programmer/Analyst, Morrison-Knudsen Engineers, Inc.: worked closely and synergistically with engineers to develop well-designed application programs; areas included water resources, hydropower, railroad engineering, structural analysis, and graphic displays.
Photography has been a serious hobby of Gerard's for many years. He is a member of the Professional Photographers of Santa Clara Valley, and does occasional professional work.
The photo above is from the French Meadows Summer Camp 2015. While working at the Stanford Center for Professional Development, Gerard took numerous photos of groups visiting Stanford for professional education programs, from countries including Brazil, China, Denmark, and Poland.
Gerard T. Lum
Mountain View, CA
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