Lukas Steinman: interactive communication

Chowder

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We’re making a Chowder! Well, not a real chowder- it’s a figurative one. What we’re really doing is learning about ocean health issues. Chowder is a web game, and is the digital media component of Ocean Voices, a documentary by Nova Scotia filmmaker Don Duchene (Nexus Media). Chowder stands alone as an experience that take inspiration from the documentary, but moves well beyond the depth and comprehensiveness of a TV hour.

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Small Acts, Big Impact

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It’s true that small acts can make a big impact. The Economic and Social Inclusion Corporation of New Brunswick noticed three core issues contributing to the poverty cycle: literacy, food security, and transportation. They also recognized that when neighbours help neighbours, and share their capacities to help, those inflicted by poverty can lift themselves out of it, and reach their hand back in to help others. The key was educating and engaging the public for positive change. In comes Small Acts, Big Impact.

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Ambit

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Ambit is a boutique digital agency in Toronto, providing strategic solutions for big brands (see Nike Canada) looking for an edge on the digital media landscape. I have worked with them for many years as Director of Development and Design, and we needed a site that is as impactful and insightful as our execution. We produced a site that speaks to the Ambit point-of-difference, think seamless; with a smooth scroll, mobile-first responsive site full of premier hero imagery.

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Kill Chicago

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Working with designer Tanya Duffy of The Details Design, Kill Chicago is a fully responsive website that answers everything that a band could need: video and music player embeds, social feeds, show listings, press and contact. Sure, that’s all pretty standard, but the integration with WordPress is where the site really shines. A busy band on tour doesn’t have time to be mucking around on their website, so keeping up to date is as streamlined as can be. Tanya created a fresh and visually appealing design which translated perfectly into a super responsive WordPress template that looks great on any device.

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Body of Water

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There’s nothing quite like jumping into a cold, serene lake. The wind in the trees, the ducks in the distance, and the feeling of the bubbles on your skin. So ephemeral, so personal and profound.

In comes Body of Water, an audio visual essay by the incredibly talented Veronica Simmonds and Katie Mckay (part & parcel), celebrating the lake swim and perfectly striking that delicate tempo that only a crisp, quiet lake can provide. Audio vignettes drive a dynamic parallax scroll experience, where the user is presented with a proposition to slow down, take a deep breath, and take a dip through their screens.

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JavaBlend Coffee Roasters

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JavaBlend, operational since 1938, is one of those favorite community spots in Halifax, and their experience shows in the quality of their product.  When owner Jim Dikaios came to me looking for a redesign of the website, and a solution to end a string of bad developers and hosts, I jumped at the opportunity to make a website would not only look great, but be a breeze to manage- after all, JavaBlend is always busy, and from bean to cup, perfection takes a lot of time and attention.

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StackStories

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StackStories is a charming project by writer, documentarian and radio producer, Veronica Simmonds, and was supported by the Halifax Public Libraries and Arts NovaScotia. To celebrate the historic move of the Spring Garden Library from its home of 62 years, Veronica and Katie Mckay documented the heartwarming stories of those who were impacted by the library the most.

For the website, I created an engaging interface for the 16 audio stories, based on the lively logo by AllCaps Design. With smooth shadowbox transitions, each storyteller gets their own space to speak. Utilizing the HTML5 Audio API, the user has full control over how they want to experience the media, as I created a stylish, lightweight, responsive audio player with cross browser support.

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Historica Canada Blog

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The Historica Canada Blog was a project in collaboration with the amazing Halifax-based firm, Raised Media. When they approached me to build a WordPress-based blog for Historica Canada (formerly The Canadian Encyclopedia), I jumped at the opportunity. Raised put together a great new digital media approach for the re-branded Historica Canada, and one of the main concepts was to feature large impactful visuals- brilliant. However, we needed to pack a lot of functionality in an affordable way, so we decided to trick out a preexisting WordPress theme, Publisher, to hit the ground running.

I produced an enhanced functionality template that seamlessly handles bilingual posts, dynamic footnotes, smooth infinite scroll, custom social sharing integration, and a really cool highlight to tweet functionality. The really impressive elements are what’s under the hood, as I created a straight forward interface for all functions of the site to be easily managed. This was a great project to be a part of, and I love checking the site every day to learn more about our great country!

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Oris4

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Oris4 is a project produced by Raised Media, a fantastic digital media agency located in Halifax, Nova Scotia. I have worked with Raised on several projects in the past, and they came to me looking for a set of responsive HTML5 templates. The project was incredibly smooth, thanks to the great design produced by the team at Raised. Large infographic inspired content sections allow copy and images sit comfortably- a web developers dream. The templates I built are HTML5 responsive, employing a 12-column CSS3 layout for flexible layout options, making it easy to update and extend. All elements feature enhanced accessibility and HTML5 optimized tags to make sure that the user experience is always top-notch.
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Endura Energy

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Endura Energy is a rapidly growing solar project development company in Toronto, Ontario, and they needed a website to showcase their diverse portfolio, quickly communicate their services, and create a digital space that was accommodating, educational and informative for a wide spectrum of client types (such as engineers, architects, building managers, farmers etc). Reality is that many of these prospective clients would be accessing the Endura website from their mobile devices while on the convention floor or out in the field, so it was important to make a site that not only communicated quickly, but loaded in a snap.

In collaboration with CreativeFaze, who developed the art direction for Endura’s trade materials, I developed a 100% responsive custom WordPress theme that optimizes the user experience for every and any device. Utilizing advanced HTML5/CSS3 features, the renders quickly and beautifully, and is as easy to manage as it is to browse. What do I mean by “responsive”? Well, check the site out and try changing the size of your browser- watch that content adapt!

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Edna Restaurant

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Edna is Halifax’s new best place to grab a bite to eat- great communal atmosphere with a homey flapper style decor- the place is a hit and a welcome option to the North End. The interior is decked out with beautiful reclaimed wood and full of character. The centerpiece of the space, and the main inspiration for the site, is the communal table and focus wall. The site I created echos the comfortable and inviting atmosphere of Edna, while also capturing the lightheartedness and flair of the concept.

This micro-site format acts like a full website, but is much easier to browse and maintain. I recommend a site of this scale for many projects.

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Jane’s Catering & Events

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jane’s Catering & Events is the new focus for Jane Wright, Halifax’s favorite restauranteur and owner of the beloved jane’s on the common. As the restaurant closed its doors, jane’s Catering & Events is flourishing in its own right. The jane’s brand sentiment is very high in the city, and for good reason: the food is impeccable and the experience is relaxed and professional. Jane really strives for simplicity and charm, and came to be with the unique ask of translating the brand to a new website. I created a clean, straight to the point microsite that quickly communicates all the essentials: high-quality creative food, the jane’s story, menus, and catering info. The jane’s Catering & Events website is like a dynamic flier that is incredibly easy to update and enjoyable to browse, and a perfect addition to the renowned jane’s product.

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