Let's Pretend!

Raymond J. Sullivan
Web Development/ Design/Print/Video

Oak Park, IL (708) 445-9647 ray@letspretend.us

Welcome!

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoy your stay.

"Let's Pretend" refers to the demo sites that were the centerpiece of this site; they allow the user to take on different roles: user/customer, webmaster, order processing, etc. They are still here, but have been demoted, as I've since shifted the emphasis to my work experience.

This main portion of the site is coded using minimal semantic html with mobile-first styling—my preferred method. Take a look at the source code (In Android Chrome, type 'view-source:letspretend.us' in the address bar).

Please also take a look at some of the sites, pages, emails and print pieces I've created over the years, and try out my "pretend" demo sites. Take your time–have a Coke and a slice of pizza.

Web/Email/Print Experience:

Video Experience:

My Resumes — Take a look:

*To ensure proper formatting, right-click the link, select "Save Target As...", save the file to your local drive, then open it from your local drive.
**Best viewed in a monospace font such as Courier.

Web Experience

CompuSystems, Lisle, IL

July 2013 – present (minus Covid furlough 8/20-4/21)
Web Developer

Creative Circle (W.W. Grainger), Chicago (Lake Forest), IL

March 2012 – January 2013
Web Developer

Central Newspaper, Chicago, IL

December 2010 – January 2012
Webmaster/Developer

CintronicsOnline/FLS, Inc., Naperville, IL

June 2005 – July 2013
Web Design and Development

Joliet Junior College, Joliet, IL

August 2004 – December 2004
Web Design Intern — Fall 2004

Prior Experience

Von Bon Enterprises, Schaumburg, IL

May 2005 – December 2005
Video Editor (subcontractor)

Joliet Junior College, Joliet, IL

August 2002 – August 2005
Tutor — Computer Information and Office Systems

DG Systems (formerly Mediatech), Chicago, IL

January 1995 – September 2000
Video Graphics Coordinator, Tape Operator

Astro Film Video, Chicago, IL

Video Intern

Bodine Electric Company, Chicago, IL

Technical Writer/Market Analyst

Old Projects: "Pretend" Sites and Awards

These are old sites and projects and therefore not really representative of my current design and programming skills, and they are not mobile-friendly. I'm presenting them without revisions—they are what they are.

Let's Pretend: Crazy Joe's Appliances

1st Place, College Division, Joliet Junior College 2003 Web Design Contest.

If I were creating this today it would be either a Zen Cart or a Drupal/Ubercart site, but as it is it's a good demonstration of my ASP/Access skills at the time. This is a database-driven site designed as a parody of a commercial website, allowing the user to play the roles of:

Let's Pretend: Panther Sports Club

Dynamic Technical Web Site, Joliet Junior College 2004 Web Design Contest.

If I were creating this today it would be a Drupal site, but as it is it's a good demonstration of my ASP/Access skills at the time. This is a local demo version of the site I created for the Panther Sports Club in Bolingbrook in 2004 (the club has since changed their site design). It's a database-driven site that re-uses much of the backend scripting and database structure of "Crazy Joe's Appliances". The database holds team rosters, game schedules, scores, etc. Each team's game schedule is generated from the same database. Division standings are calculated automatically. Administration pages allow you to add/delete/revise teams, players, games, scores, etc. Try it!

Poston Restoration Project

2nd Place, College Div., World Organization of Webmasters 2005 Web Design Contest

This was a site dedicated to the restoration of a WWII Japanese Internment Camp. I was the web developer (programmer) on this project, working in collaboration with designer Agnes Smolen and webmaster Kelso King.

Miscellaneous Flash Projects:

Oooh, scary stuff!: Halloween, Vampire (Not as advanced as what I did at my previous jobs—but fun.)

Joliet Junior College Tour

This is a project I did as a web design intern at Joliet Junior College in fall of 2004, and a good demonstration of my JavaScript skills at the time.

GoodTimePlanet.com

An ongoing personal project.