In 2006, MeetGreen asked me to help one of their clients, the Eclipse Foundation, with a Web site navigation design. This project started out as a quick, simple, straightforward project: build a Web site navigation menu that looked good and was easy for developers and content editors to update.
My design relied mostly on CSS styling and HTML. The absence of traditional Web button graphics provided Eclipse the functionality they required. They were happy with my initial work, and my involvement with Eclipse has expanded over the years.
I’ve worked with Eclipse on multiple conferences, including designing and managing production for printed event materials (program guides, signage, promotional items, etc.), icons, Web banner ads and Web updates. I even spent three days photographing an Eclipse event and posting Web updates on the fly.
Since the Eclipse Foundation has in-house technical production, my services primarily involved art direction and graphic production for their Web sites and print materials. On some occasions I provided a bit of CSS or HTML for their Web file repository. In 2008, I helped with the Web site design for the main Eclipse site, eclipse.org.
Nowadays, I provide the printed conference materials (floorplan maps, signage, and printed programs) for the 3 annual conferences held in North America, France and Germany. Occasionally, I’ll also produce graphics for the websites and other mobile apps.
I recently finished the materials for EclipseCon 2017 (North America and France) and currently working on materials for Europe) and I’m looking forward to continuing this tremendous relationship in 2018.