Patrick Dazé

Maker. Developer.
Part-time Designer.

Projects

Video-On-Demand Platform for Independent Filmmakers

Roles
Developer
Designer
Lead Developer
Backend Developer
Frontend Developer
Server Administrator
Client Collaboration

This project provided a space for independent filmmakers to make their films available for rent online.

This project provided a space for independent filmmakers to make their films available for rent online. Visitors could browse a selection of films, watch trailers, rent, and then view the films online.

Filmmakers were given guidelines and an area to upload their films. The uploaded films were then automatically encoded to be compatible with a variety of devices, including mobile. Special sections of the site included Featured Films, Free Film of the Week, and Wish Lists. Discussions and reviews were also made available for each film.

As lead developer and server administrator on the project, I collaborated with the client, defined the technical architecture, developed and deployed the system. While working within PCI/PA-DSS requirements, I implemented the majority of technical parts for the project, including changes to the frontend and backend.

Branding Guidelines and Template Wizard for the Public Sector

Roles
Developer
Solo Developer
Backend Developer
Frontend Developer

A department of the public sector needed to make their new branding guidelines and hundreds of templates available to thousands of employees.

A public sector department, with the help of a marketing firm, refined their brand identity. They needed to make their new branding guidelines and hundreds of templates available to thousands of employees. The solution was to convert the branding guideline into an online version and create a template wizard.

The template wizard facilitated the download of branded templates. Templates included stationery such as cover letters, envelopes, and business cards. Each template had a variety of options not limited to language, file format, division and targeted region. The wizard ensured that employees received the correct template based on their unique case. The second part of the project involved making the branding guidelines available online. These guidelines showed the employees how to properly use logos, which logo to use, along with which fonts and colors.

For this project, I collaborated with the client, developed the frontend and backend of the project while staying within the strict typographic rules and Web Standards for the Government of Canada (CLF: Common Look and Feel).

Online Interior Designer for Luxury Cottages

Roles
Developer
Designer
Solo Developer
Backend Developer
Frontend Developer
Solo Designer
Design/UX
Client Collaboration

A developer of luxury cottage resorts faced a unique issue when they discovered that most of their buyers lived nations away.

A developer of luxury cottage resorts faced a unique issue when they discovered that most of their buyers lived nations away. The buyers wanted live-in ready cottages, but it was extremely difficult for them to furnish from their remote locations. Our solution was to provide the buyers with the ability to customize their cottages via an online designer.

For each room, owners were given a choice of different furniture packages. From the packages they were able to choose colors and textures. Once their customization was complete, the furniture would then be shipped to their new cottage. An on-site interior designer would then stage the cottage, add finishing touches, and accessories.

For this project, I collaborated with the client, designed the interface and UX (user experience), migrated data and developed the frontend and backend of the online designer.

Interactive Step-by-Step Guides: Guides.co

Roles
Developer
Designer
Server Admin
Lead Developer
Backend Developer
Frontend Developer
Assistant Designer
Metric Driven UX
Team Collaboration
Server Architecture
Server Administration

Guides.co is used by more than 60,000 users. Its mission is to educate and inspire people, customers, employees, and communities.

Guides.co is used by more than 60,000 users. Its mission is to educate and inspire people, customers, employees, and communities. It does so by connecting life-hackers, entrepreneurs, teachers, parents, coaches, speakers, community builders, leaders, creators, artists, and innovators.

Documents (PDFs, white papers, etc.) can be converted into interactive mobile-friendly guides. Progress and interaction can be tracked with the guide dashboard. Guides can be integrated with analytics, CRM and marketing automation tools including Salesforce, HubSpot, Eloqua, Marketo, Act-On, and MailChimp.

During the course of this project, I assisted with the design and UX (user experience), and as the lead developer, I overviewed and developed the frontend and backend of the project.

Guides by Industry Experts: StartupPlays

Roles
Developer
Designer
Server Admin
Lead Developer
Backend Developer
Frontend Developer
Assistant Designer
Metric Driven Optimization
Team Collaboration
Server Architecture
Server Administration

This platform hosted how-to guides to help startups replicate success by following the steps of successful industry leaders, including Dan Martell, Steve Blank, Mark MacLeod, Dave McClure…

This platform hosted how-to guides to help startups replicate success by following the steps of successful industry leaders, including Dan Martell, Steve Blank, Mark MacLeod, Erin Blaskie, Dave McClure, Megan Berry, and Cameron Herold.

Within the online interactive guides, users were able to interact with experts, invite colleagues, and discuss their individual experience with other passionate entrepreneurs. Each step-by-step guide could contain photos, videos, pro-tips, interactive widgets, file templates, and links to the same tools the experts use to achieve their success. The guides were separated into stages: pre-launch, growth, marketing and PR, strategy and hiring, legal and finance, and essentials.

Some of the guides featured on the platform include: “How to Validate Your Product Concept”, “How to Get Your First 1,000 Customers”, “How to Get Media Coverage”, “How to Optimize Your Facebook Ads”, “Advanced Analytics for Startups”, “How to Build an Engaged Social Following”, and many more.

As technical lead, I helped to create the initial MVP (minimal viable product), managed technical requirements, collected metrics which in turn optimized UX (user experience), delegated and developed the frontend and backend of the project, and created and administered the server architecture.

Travel Planner, CMS and Data Migration for the Public Sector

Roles
Developer
Developer
Backend Developer
Frontend Developer
Technical Support
Data Migration
Performance Optimization
Team Collaboration
Server Administration

As the city’s major public transit provider, their web site serves more than 6.3 million visits annually.

As the city’s major public transit provider, their web site serves more than 6.3 million visits annually. In order to provide fast and efficient information to travellers, the website was rebuilt with a new strategy, design, photography, content and video.

My implication was to provide technical development, support, and to assist with data migration. Some of the technical components included upgrading the route schedule interface, travel planner and interactive maps that included vendors, bus stops, stations, and park and ride locations. Other implications included implementing a new content management system with internationalization, load optimization, and live updates (for cancelled trips, detours, delays, and elevator access).

Project Management System: Web Collaboration

Roles
Developer
Designer
Server Admin
Lead Developer
Backend Developer
Frontend Developer
Designer
Team Collaboration
Server Administration

Featured in TechCrunch, This Week in Startups, CNET, VentureBeat and many others, this unrestricted project management system focused on relationships rather than processes.

Featured in TechCrunch, This Week in Startups, CNET, VentureBeat and many others, this unrestricted project management system focused on relationships rather than processes. It allowed users to connect and create an unlimited number of workspaces.

Functionality included a dashboard, workspaces (groups created for teams or clients), versioned documents, notes, lists, contacts, calendars and events. The dashboard provided a great overview by filtering to-do lists by workspaces and users. An internal search engine made it easy for users to find past conversations, notes, files and to-do items.

During the course of this project, I designed in-app interfaces, developed the frontend and backend of the project, and collaborated with the team to define the UX (user experience).

Additional Projects

Roles
Developer
Designer
Server Admin
Solo, Team, or Lead
Developer
Designer
Team Collaboration
Server Administration

There are many more projects either done as an individual, partner or employee.

All implications were done as an individual, partner or employee. Other implications are not limited to, but include, projects within Royale LePage Brokers, Transcontinental, National Gallery of Canada, Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada, Health Canada, Virtual Museum of Canada, OC Transpo, Pythian, and McGill University.