Theodore Kimble

Selected Work [2009-2015]

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Static Website Manager

Ruby on Rails 4.x

Static Website Manager is a standardized, git-backed CMS for your custom Jekyll website or blog. I founded Static Website Manager to provide website owners with a collaborative git-based platform that makes it easy for team-members of all technical abilities to contribute to large, complex websites.

IMPACT Marketing Suite

Ruby on Rails 4.x

The IMPACT Marketing Suite is an extension of the Locable Publisher Network CMS that serves the online needs of small, local businesses. I was hired to single-handedly develop and implement the marketing suite, which provides each customer with a centralized content management dashboard, a simple yet advanced WYSIWYG webpage designer, and tools to publish their content to their own website and all of their controlled social media accounts.

Locable Publisher Network

Ruby on Rails 3.x-4.x

The Locable Publisher Network provides community-focused publishers an easy-to-use CMS with a fully integrated calendar and local business directory. I was responsible for expanding, refactoring and ultimately updating the entire codebase from Ruby on Rails 3.x to 4.x and Boostrap 2.x to 3.x.

The Nouvant Platform

Ruby on Rails 3.x-4.x

Nouvant is a SAAS marketplace connecting technology commercialization organizations with buyers from around the world. While at Nouvant, I was solely responsible for the design, development, implementation and administration of the entire Nouvant Platform.

The Next

Ruby on Rails 3.x

The next major upgrade to — an educational nonprofit that creates interactive web-based Journeys for children to introduce what design is, what design does, and why design is important — provides staffers with a compelling Ruby on Rails application for creating and managing Journeys from any web browser.

Bottom-Up Web Design and the Materiality of the Web


Bottom-up web design is an approach to the design process. It is diametrically opposed to a top-down approach, but the two can be — and usually are — used in some combination. They differ in the scale at which the design process originates: bottom-up designs begin at the scale of the individual; top-down designs begin at the scale of the whole. And while there are certainly circumstances in which a primarily top-down design process is best suited to the problem at hand, I argue in this essay that a properly executed bottom-up design process leads to more authentic and representative design solutions.

Inertia Health Center

Ruby on Rails 3.x

The Inertia Health Center website is an inviting and informational website that reflects the values of the client and their practice. The site features a private web-based content management system that allows the clients to instantly add and update content without the need for any intermediary.

Architecture: An Interactive Introduction

Ruby on Rails 3.x

This private web application for first-year architecture students at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee features over 400 architectural chapters and thousands of images and videos. The design is an evolution of an outdated desktop application and now provides professors with the ability to add and edit content from any web browser.

Memorials of Trauma


In this essay I use the results of the 2010 Atlantic City Boardwalk Holocaust Memorial Competition to frame an argument against the use of symbolism in architectural memorials. Taking ideas about architecture and trauma from Roann Barris and the genesis of subjectivity from David Hume and Gille Deleuze, I argue that memorials of trauma should strive to avoid symbolism and become experiential in nature.

Responsive Skin

Paperboard and Rubber Bands

This Microcosm project asked us to study and develop a mass customized enclosure system. The enclosure system required at least two distinct sub-systems, each of which was to be parametrically designed and rapid prototyped using laser-cutting technology. After numerous iterations, an enclosure system was developed with parametric opportunities for controlling conditions like the amount of light, thermal and environmental protection, and public and private preferences.

Fabricated Insert

Broken Glass in Wood Frame

Over 3,000 pieces of glass and 144 hot glue sticks form Fabricated Insert, a first installation and insight into the Spring 2009 Microcosm studio and its pedagogy. Fabricated Insert uncovers the latent properties emerging at the edge of broken window glass — soft, yet razor sharp, the edge adds a dependable quality to the passing rays of light.