June 2017 – present
I was hired as a web development intern in June 2017 to help SDOT migrate their website from outdated, static HTML into an advanced, enterprise-scoped content-management system called Ingeniux.
From December 2017 through August 2019, I was the main point-of-contact for all SDOT staff with any requests related to our public-facing web properties and our internal, private website. This included managing the creation of new webpages, the updating of existing webpages, the auditing of our information architecture, and more.
Starting in August 2019, my role shifted to creative design intern. While I still work on updating and maintaining SDOT web properties, I focus on creating design concepts and developing accessible and beautiful WordPress themes for new web properties, such as Seattle Traffic.
I also help with curating social media content and blog posts for SDOT’s various channels.
“On top of being dedicated and highly technically skilled, Griffen is also a pleasure to work with. His upbeat demeanor and helpful attitude brightened the office when brightness was in short supply. He is self-motivated, displays great attention to detail, and is utterly dependable.”Allie Gerlach — Webmaster at SDOT ([email protected])
Seattle Traffic is a website that was created as a collaboration between SDOT and various other transportation agencies in the area, such as WSDOT, Sound Transit, King County Metro, and others, to help people living in and around the greater Seattle area navigate the city during the “Seattle Squeeze.”
Collaborating with the HCDE departmet at the UW, SDOT conducted user research and ran usability tests on the currently visible seattletraffic.org. Using the results from these studies, I am currently working with stakeholders across SDOT to create an inspired resdesign. See current progress on GitHub, and view the interactive mockup.
Early design concept
This early design concept was created after interpreting the results of the user research and usability studies and realizing that Seattle Traffic needs to tell a story.
After taking into account feedback from various project stakehodlers, I have been synthesizing high-fidelity mockups of what the redesign might look like. This includes starting the WordPress theme foundation and using GitHub’s static site hosting, GitHub Pages, to mockup what the site will look like. The project is set to reach its next phase in late November.