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    Prison Communities International (PCI) is a non-profit organization dedicated to criminal justice issues. Founded by Katherine Vockins and Hans B. Hallundbaek as a bridge the gap between the public and the criminal justice system, addressing issues from capital punishment to rehabilitation through the arts. Please check out their new website to learn more.

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    Daedalus My Muse

    Early in my childhood I had a penchant for puzzles. All kinds of puzzles, from hidden pictures to cryptograms to crosswords (and had sudoku appeared in the Sunday paper back then, I probably would be a master by now).

    These were the days before (gasp!) video games; although I would eventually come to own an Atari 2600 and think Adventure was the coolest thing on earth. I suppose my passion for puzzles drove, in part at least, my career into graphic design and computer programming.

    Though I created all types of puzzles, by far my favorites were mazes. Not sure exactly why but I remember composing volumes of them.

    But alas, with the encroachment of other responsibilities such as school, work, and family, making mazes took a backseat.

    It would be 20 some odd years before I would pick up a pencil to sketch a maze again but in 2000 I did. This time though, I had an arsenal of multimedia tools at my command. For 3 months I banged out graphic and photorealistic mazes, sometimes doing 2 to 3 mazes a day.

    I submitted 4 of them to Games Magazine — effectively the only international publication dedicated to puzzles for grown ups. They accepted all of them and I was officially published by September of that year.

    A maze book is in the works but below are a few of the samples that I didn’t submit to Games. Solutions are included. They are in print ready PDFs (you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader).

    International Center for Integrative Studies (ICIS) is a global community of thought leaders from all walks of life dedicated to developing solutions to the most pressing problems facing our world today. ICIS was founded in 1962 by Erling A. Thunberg to help address the humanitarian concerns many scholars and scientists had at the end of the 1950s regarding the future.

    In 2003 I had created a basic HTML website for a subsidiary of ICIS called RiverTides, an organization providing educational support to local nonprofits representing a wide variety of social causes. Three years later (after answerYES Consulting was established) I was asked to create a new website and private forum for ICIS, folding RiverTides into this new site architecture. It was decided the site would be builtĀ under the open-source content management system Drupal, designing a custom theme that reflected a more contemporary image of the organization.

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    My first XML driven Flash photography site showcasing the beautiful work of Una Petrino of Photography by Una. She has a great eye for portraits. Her studio is located in Yorktown Heights, NY.

    answerYES Interactive featured in Business section of The Advocate for its redesign of the Prison Communities International website. I had a very cordial conversation with Richard Lee, the Business Editor for The Advocate, in which we delve into Web 2.0 design, viral marketing, and how nonprofits can benefit from emerging technologies like social media. You can read the entire interview here.

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