Ward W.

I took over the society's website some three years ago. In that time, I worked with the Board to create a visual language, information architecture, and overall design for the entire site. I am responsible for every aspect of the site, including a responsively-designed front-end that leverages Bootstrap, SASS, and Javascript. There is extensive administrative features both for members to maintain their own information, along with roles-based permissions for Board members and site moderators. The site also integrates with Mandrill for all transactional emails, and provides a complete end-to-end integration with PayPal to obviate the need for manual processing of checks or cash, although these payment means are still available to members.

Since introducing the website, we have seen membership increase year-over-year, much of it attributal to a more welcoming online presence that helps drive a sense of community amongst our members and the greater communities of Seattle.

I was recongized in 2014 as Webmaster of the Year by the Astronomical League for the significant contributions to astronomy and community-building through the website.