This site showcases the (mostly) digital work of Andrew DiFiore from both Virtual Arts Studios and answerYES Interactive as well as random thoughts and experimental projects too volatile to be contained anywhere else.

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    Launched this dynamic (i.e. client can update content themselves without having to know code) Flash website for Black Stone Construction Group based in Stamford, CT.

    The client was very ambivalent whether or not to showcase both residential and commercial work on the same site for concern that residential prospects would think if Black Stone did commercial, they would be too expensive. Likewise, commercial prospects would think if they did residential, they would be too small. As a result, we ended up doing several iterations of the site, including this non-Flash (XHTML) version.

    In the end they decided to showcase both in this interactive Flash version.

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    Launched this simple but informative website for independent insurance agent Michael Kristof of Stamford-based Insurance Solutions.

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    I created this Flash “game” over a long weekend as an experiment in viral seeding. I wanted to track the short-tail curve of traffic to my site from a popular social entertainment site like Newgrounds. For those not familiar, Newgrounds is primarily a Flash portal started in 1995 by Tom Fulp (who still manages the site and regularly contributes content). The site has a rich community of Flash programmers, animators, and gamers. Members get to rate and comment on submissions. And though professional game shops contribute content often, the portal tries to be a platform for the casual content developer. This being the case, content runs the gamut, from kid-friendly cartoons to pornography (there is a “mature” section which requires a login).

    I was feeling punchy when I created this (must’ve been all the Red Bull). It is intended to be a joke, the butt of which is the player. If you’re not easily offended then you’ll probably have a good chuckle. If you are easily offended, you should go here.

    Though the experiment ran for only 5 days, the initial 12 hours generated over 2,100 unique visits. This was mainly due to the fact Newgrounds posts all new submissions on its frontpage. It dropped off quickly from there but by the time I took it down, I had hit my target of 5,000 uniques.

    Aside: the votes I got ranged from 0 (the worst) to 10 (the best). Most of the comments were constructive or encouraging but a surprisingly visceral reaction from a few who clearly did not like being the butt of a joke.

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    Launched new CMS (ExpressionEngine) website for Framework:CR, a Wilton-based company that develops integrated sustainability strategies and initiatives for corporations.

    {Ed. Note 6/30/09: As much as I think ExpressionEngine is a good, solid Content Management System, the learning curve can be steep for the non-technical or “casual” content manager. Also, installing these database-driven websites on shared hosting environments (typically not optimized for such things) can compromise performance and the last thing you or your client wants to be dealing with is getting GoDaddy (or similar host) to clean up their server’s load-balancing. This being the case for Framework:CR, the site has since been ported over to the new WordPress. With the new release of 3.0, WordPress has moved well beyond a simple blog package into a robust CMS platform. But more importantly, because WordPress is by far the most popular open-source publishing system online, most shared hosting companies are already optimized to use it.}

    {Ed. Note 11/16/11: At the client’s request, removed all links to site or it’s archive.}

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    Launched website for friend and artist Karen Kent who teaches process art to new artists in CT. With an open mind and a willing heart Karen creates a safe space for exploring your world through art.

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