The Grassroots Collaborative is a diverse coalition of labor and community organizations working together to win economic and racial justice in Chicago and across the state. The Collaborative works to unite disenfranchised people around their common interests to create a larger force for systemic change and to improve all of their lives. The goal of the website is to increase visibility and public awareness
of the Collaborative’s work, give visitors a sense of the power of the organization, clearly define what the Collaborative values and why visitors should join their efforts or pay attention to their work, and provide information on past campaigns and current work.
I designed the header image based on photographs from the Collaborative's campaigns, and created a colorful page design that spotlights the people their work impacts and who are responsible. The Grassroots Collaborative works in an urban environment, with and for working-class people. I incorporated these ideas into the aesthetic of the site through icons of the city as well as working-class people. There is a lot of energy around the work the Grassroots Collaborative and its member organizations do, and I tried to reflect that through the choice of colors used on the site.
The site was developed on the Drupal content management system, and I did all the design and development of the website, including training staff on how to use the new system to update content on the website themselves. I also set up Google Apps for the organization, and helped staff move their e-mail over to the centralized e-mail too.
maahaul is a collective of Indian Classical musicians in Chicago who learn from each other and create opportunities to perform and educate others. The main function of the maahaul website is to give Chicago concert-goers the most up-to-date information on classical music concerts and events. I used the aesthetic of the classical instrument I play, the sitar, to inspire the design of the site. The repeated curves in the header image were inspired by the instrument's frets, the horizontal lines were inspired by the instument's strings, and the short vertical bars between the navigation elements were inspired by the string's pegs.
Rasaka Theatre is Chicago’s only South Asian theater company. I developed the HTML and CSS based on an design for the website created by a graphic designer, then implemented the design on a content management system, enabling the site owners to quickly and easily make changes to the website. In addition, I implemented specific technologies to improve data sharing and communication among board and staff, including the use of Basecamp, a project management tool, and Google document-sharing applications.
My personal website serves as a way for friends, family, and creative peers to keep up with my creative work and my personal thoughts on the world, as well as a way to let business partners and potential business partners learn about my professional technical skills. Users can learn about the creative and professional work I have done, as well as things happening in my life everyday.
This site was developed on the Textpattern content management system, and I did all the design and development of the website.
I served on the board of DePaul University's South Asian Student Association in various positions over a few years, creating and maintaining their first website. The organization brought together students of the many cultural backgrounds of South Asia to cultivate leaders, raise awareness of social, political and cultural issues pertaining to South Asia, and provide opportunities to address those issues. The front page of the site randomly showed one of four compelling photographs that represented different aspects of South Asia, that then brought the users to the main content of the site.