Web Design

  Quad 2009 page from City of Newburgh site

City of Newburgh

HDE won a competitive bid to re-design the City of Newburgh website in 2004. We set up a Contribute-based content management system, allowing some departments to update their own pages. We maintained the site until 2009.

The sample page shows a special layout for the 2009 quadricentennial Hudson - Fulton - Champlain celebrations. (We added another panel for Newburgh's founding in 1709.)


Habitat for Humanity of Greater Newburgh

HDE designed a website for the Newburgh chapter of Habitat for Humanity site based on newly published worldwide style standards. The site was maintained by local staff. A board member from a Habitat chapter in another state (Massachusetts) noted: "Your site stood out in simplicity of design, ease of use, and ability to convey the mission of HFH.” (This design was replaced in 2012.)

  DRC website Dutch Reformed Church Restoration

This site was written, designed and produced as a labor of love for the Newburgh Preservation Association and our efforts to restore a splendid Greek Revival former church designed in 1835 by A. J. Davis. The site was instrumental in getting the building named one of the "100 Most Endangered Sites" by the World Monuments Foundation. Sadly, after a few years, NPA gave up on the daunting project.
  Denniston B&B

Goldsmith Denniston Bed & Breakfast

This small, elegant site was designed for friends, the late Peter Billman and his wife Nancy, who continues to operate this charming and beautiful bed and breakfast on the prettiest street in Newburgh, NY, in the hear of the Hudson Valley.

  Glass River House

Additional Sites

12 Front Street (2011): Real-estate

Werner & Turner LLC (2010): Professional law firm (now closed).

Downing Film Center (2006): Independent film center. Now maintained by the client.
Luxury Real-Estate Sites (2011, left): Led to successful sales (sites now decommissioned).
Cornell Career Center (2007): "Jim understood that our business has a message, and he helped us craft our marketing message to explain how our services are unique and superior to our competitors." (Business was later sold.)


Early Days

CD-Online: Web on TV

In 1995, just before the web took hold, I served as design director on a small team in Philips Electronics in London whose mission was to combine a CD-I player with internet access for the home TV. Sadly, the world's first TV-based internet service was short-lived, as the web and other connected devices came barreling along.