Tim(othy) (christopher ryan) VOLPERT

web/graphic designer, poet, musician, generally well-liked

This very website

was conceived, designed, and coded by me! I built a custom WordPress theme from the ground up; the idea was to create something that could serve as a showcase for my coding skills, without being fancy just for its own sake.  It still had to convey information effectively and allow users to interact intuitively.

The animated transitions are all handled in CSS, using JavaScript only to trigger them at the right time when necessary. The one-page layout responds organically to any viewport size, feeling right at home on desktop or mobile.

I hope you enjoy your visit!

 

Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg

Front page of carynmirriamgoldberg.com
Front page of carynmirriamgoldberg.com

For this project, Caryn had a very specific vision for how she wanted her site to look and feel, and needed some help achieving those goals.

With Caryn’s go-ahead, I researched and recommended new hosting for the site, installed WordPress, and migrated her previous site over to the new.

Caryn found a pre-made theme she liked, but that wasn’t quite where she needed it to be in terms of functionality, so I spun-off a child theme to add the customizations needed we needed. I also helped improve workflow on the back end, implementing custom post types for listing her live events, and site-editing tools to free up more of Caryn’s time to create the content of the site. See the final result at carynmirriamgoldberg.com

Coal City Review and Press

screenshot of front page of coalcitypress.com on desktop and mobile
the all-new coalcity.org

This was a complete site overhaul for a fantastic literary journal and publisher that had let its web presence slacken a bit.

Coal City Review & Press website before update
website before updates

Brian Daldorph, the brains behind Coal City, entrusted me with full creative control of the website’s new look, so I took the opportunity to dive in and create a custom WordPress theme from scratch!

The finished result is fully-responsive, and includes huge workflow improvements on the back end, such as using the Pods framework to create standardized entry for all titles, and implementing eCommerce. Check out the live site to see more of the great work Coal City Review & Press is putting out.

 

Kansas Notable Books 2017

Digital banner image promoting Kansas Notable Books 2017
Digital banner image promoting Kansas Notable Books 2017
Printable poster for public libraries to promote the Notable Books list
official poster

These materials I designed for the State Library of Kansas/Kansas Center for the Book, to help promote the list of 15 outstanding (or, if you will, notable?) books written by/for/about Kansans.

With the caveat that all materials are intended to be printed by individual libraries across the state rather than professionally printed, I turned to the Bauhaus school of design for inspiration how to create something minimal and inspiring, that I could be reasonably confident would look okay no matter the print settings.

Front page of a brochure describing each title named as a Kansas Notable Book for 2017
front page of brochure

For the electronic version of the graphic, I was able to realize my original vision a little more closely due to the wider palette that digital provides. Printable versions live on the State Library website, if you’re into that sort of thing.

Promotional Images for the State Library

Slide for digital sign in the State Library lobby promoting new audiobook arrivals
digital signage promoting new audiobooks
Social Media banner to promote the Kansas reads to Preschoolers event
Facebook banner promoting literacy event

Here is a selection of images I’ve worked on to promote the various services the State Library provides. These were created in Adobe Photoshop for display on the State Library website, facebook, and/or digital signage inside the library itself.

Graphic designed for a presentation highlighting the role of the Talking Books service within the State Library
presentation highlighting Talking Books services
Slide for digital sign in the State Library lobby promoting the children's books e
digital signage promoting children’s eBooks

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Image designed for social media posts promoting health-related databases from the State Library
Facebook banner promoting medical databases

State of Kansas Pocket Constitution

Sample of page layout for the pocket constitution
Sample of page layout for the pocket constitution

The State Library already had a printable pocket constitution when I came onboard, but new amendments necessitated an update and therefore new layout. The unique format—four miniature pages to a sheet, two-sided, folded—came, naturally, with a unique set of challenges. Check out the finished product on the state library website!

Banner image promoting the printable Kansas constitution from the state library
facebook banner promoting printable constitution

Mother-Ghosts book cover and layout

Cover of Mother-Ghosts by Leah Sewell; original artwork by Ashley Laird
cover design

Leah Sewell is a phenomenal poet, and herself a talented designer, so I was honored that she asked me to handle design on her own full-length debut of poetry.

Sample page layout from Leah Sewell's Mother-Ghosts
sample page layout

Working from Leah’s original concept, I adapted Ashley Laird’s original artwork into the cover you see before you, with colorization and typography. You can pick up this fantastic book from Woodley Press.

I also had the chance to exercise my retouching skills, in getting the full version of the cover art to a print-ready state from the file I had:

"For Leah" - before
before
"For Leah" - retouched
after

 

 

Kansas Notable Books 2017

Digital banner image promoting Kansas Notable Books 2017
Digital banner image promoting Kansas Notable Books 2017
Printable poster for public libraries to promote the Notable Books list
official poster

These materials I designed for the State Library of Kansas/Kansas Center for the Book, to help promote the list of 15 outstanding (or, if you will, notable?) books written by/for/about Kansans.

With the caveat that all materials are intended to be printed by individual libraries across the state rather than professionally printed, I turned to the Bauhaus school of design for inspiration how to create something minimal and inspiring, that I could be reasonably confident would look okay no matter the print settings.

Front page of a brochure describing each title named as a Kansas Notable Book for 2017
front page of brochure

For the electronic version of the graphic, I was able to realize my original vision a little more closely due to the wider palette that digital provides. Printable versions live on the State Library website, if you’re into that sort of thing.

State of Kansas Pocket Constitution

Sample of page layout for the pocket constitution
Sample of page layout for the pocket constitution

The State Library already had a printable pocket constitution when I came onboard, but new amendments necessitated an update and therefore new layout. The unique format—four miniature pages to a sheet, two-sided, folded—came, naturally, with a unique set of challenges. Check out the finished product on the state library website!

Banner image promoting the printable Kansas constitution from the state library
facebook banner promoting printable constitution

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