Hallmark Institute of Photography

As Director of Software Development at this photography/business school, I built many specialized web and database applications.

Hallmark closed in 2016, but during its 42-year run it was was prominent nationally, and was undergoing significant growth when I joined.

Technology stack for these projects: Django, MySQL, Apache.

Alumni Portal

alumni site

A social and information hub for alumni. Alumni connections were facilitated through a searchable and browsable directory of profiles. This system superseded a PHP site created by an outside vendor, maintaining continuity by retaining the database schema and active data.

Student Housing Portal

housing site

A tool to help newly admitted students find rental properties in the area. Collected data via a detailed roommate-compatibility questionnaire. CRM-style tracking of communications with students. Converted housing images submitted by landlords, to sane sizes and formats. This system also had a group-email facility to allow Housing staff to communicate with ad-hoc sets of users.

Student Information System

attendance scan screen

This system powered the educational operations of the school.

  • Course data and class scheduling
  • Two attendance-taking modes: barcode reader kiosk, and browser-based checklist
  • Student ID data and real-time locator
  • Faculty ID data, teaching schedules
  • Automated emailed attendance reports
  • Generation of print materials, e.g. attendance checklists and face-sheets
  • Equipment lending library managing $1M of photographic gear

Released as open source in 2016 when school closed: https://github.com/pbx/school-base