About Portal Design
About the designer
Joseph Levin, the new media designer that is the driving force behind Portal Design, uses his knowledge of computer technology and his experience to do his very best to provide outstanding service and value for his clients. That is what he believes he should do (and what they deserve) when he is engaged to work for them.
He works at competitive rates; he believes getting service that is high in quality should not have to come with a prohibitively expensive pricetag.
By all accounts, the websites Mr. Levin has created are excellently done, clever, eye catching and appealing. When people come to his website or see the work that he has done, they invariably come away pleased, impressed, in awe or in good humor. He loves what he does, has fun while doing it, and wishes to continue to do so for as long as he is able.
To all of you wonderful people that want to tell the world about yourself, your dreams, your business or just want to sell "widgets", Mr. Levin says that he will help you make that a reality.
A little history
Portal Design has "been around" in one form or another for what can be considered a long time in "computer years" (read: since approximately 1997). Mr. Levin has been around for even longer (read: since approximately 1970). From his early teens, personal computers of all sorts have fascinated Mr. Levin, and what began as a simple curiousity for- became a love of- and hunger for knowledge about computers, especially where computer games were concerned.
Inside the world of computer games was where it all started. Never being able to afford "cutting edge" equipment, Mr. Levin had to learn to use what equipment and software he had access-to in the best way possible, all in order to get "that awesome game" to work. Whether it was "Tetris", "Civilization", "Arkanoid" or the original "Doom", the as-then DOS-based IBM-PCs always needed some sort of tweaking to "get the app to run". In order to tweak, often it was necessary to cruise the embryonic internet via command-line FTP, or to search through BBSs to obtain even more software to accomplish very specific, seemingly impossible tasks. It was a frustrating process that took a lot of time and energy, yet still a process that sometimes would reap great dividends: often the knowledge gained through getting a game to work would be later applied toward more practical pursuits, such as Bulletin Board communications via 56k modem, hardware and software troubleshooting, and general technical support in the corporate world.
In 1997, an opportunity arose whereby Mr. Levin had the chance to create a well-received website using Microsoft Frontpage for the good folks at Synergy. Thereafter, Mr. Levin was hooked on web design. It took a few years, and a major change in the family situation, but Mr. Levin decided to dive deeply into as many aspects of web design that time allowed. The resulting web design firm, Portal Web Services, was born in 2003 and continues to provide excellent, personalized, value-adding service to an ever-expanding number of satisfied clients.
Why do it?
The answer is simple, and takes four parts:
Web design involves many, many different technologies. The great variety of required technologies allow the opportunity for continued learning, with which to satisfy Mr. Levin's natural curiousity and love of computers.
People that need a website want to have their products, services, aspirations, goals, in-short, their "dreams", made known to everyone with an internet connection. Mr. Levin wants to help people to make their "dreams" come closer to becoming reality by being "Your Doorway to the Web."
Being the sole proprieter of a small web design firm allows Mr. Levin to make some extra money to supplement his family's income as well as to keep working in a field he loves.
- It's fun and challenging. What more can one ask for?
(Data Backup Services)
Ortho Cast, Inc.
Tazewell County Public Schools, Tazewell, VA
(Online Feedback System)
(as originally designed)
(as originally designed)
Links for Tutorials:
Single Frame Coding, Tsunami Menu, Animated Atom, Simple Graphic Equalizer, Blurring Movie Clips, Blurring Text, Scrolling Panorama, Animated Pentatom