PORTFOLIO: Cedars-Sinai
Comprehensive Cancer Center

This was the very first website I ever did, and I am rightly proud of it to this day.

Below is an image of how it looked before it was handed to me. As you can see, it was just a blank index page with links. (Click the image to see a larger view in a new window.)

At the time, I was working as network technical support for the center, in charge of maintaining over 200 workstations in the network. Then one day my supervisors came to me and said, "Do you know anything about this 'internet' stuff? We have this website up but nobody ever updates it and nobody ever visits it." I told them to let me see it and I'd do something with it.

At the time, I knew absolutely nothing about the internet! So I started reading everything I could, and downloaded an early html coding program (this was back in the early days of Netscape!). I started playing with the site, learning how things worked... and then inspiration struck.

One day letter came across my desk on a new company stationery: a beige parchment with a maroon stripe on the right side. I thought, "Our website should have a unified look!" So I proposed to redesign the entire site using that model (which explains why the navigation was on the right, a rather non-standard idea), and the management agreed to let me proceed.

Below is how the site looked after I revamped it (again, click on it to get a larger image):

Hits to the redesigned site skyrocketed exponentially! The site was given several design awards, listed in Health A to Z, a major index of online healthcare sites, as a "4-Star" site, and even made a printed "Who's Who" compendium of important sites on the internet that year!

You might notice at the bottom of the page, a "TrueSpeech" image. Even at this early stage in my website development career, I tended to be a maverick and innovator. I wanted to be able to stream live events, such as cancer survivor conferences and doctor's speeches, on the site, and wanted to set up a RealServer for such things, but I wasn't able to within our budget. But one thing I was able to do was record audio of such events periodically and post them on the site. TrueSpeech was an encoding technology back then that rendered understandable voice with very small file sizes, back when server space was at a premium.

I am currently planning to do a fullscale mockup of this site here.

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