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Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Sandstorm Design is Hiring a PHP/MySQL Developer

drupal 72 Sandstorm Design is Hiring a PHP/MySQL DeveloperOur Chicago web design firm is looking for an expert PHP and MySQL web developer with Drupal experience to join our team. As a Web Developer at Sandstorm you’ll work closely with our team of information architects and creatives to build impactful user experiences in Drupal and other frameworks. You’ll also contribute to strategic discussions about websites, mobile deployments and other technology decisions.

You’ll take the lead on Drupal development projects and oversee back-end development for multiple Drupal websites, as well as develop and maintain internal Drupal processes and best practices. Working closely with our Front-end Developer, you will build and deploy high quality Drupal sites, while maintaining knowledge of Drupal-contributed modules and developing custom modules when needed. You’ll also assist in monitoring and troubleshooting deployed websites, and help with other web development projects not built in Drupal.

Required skills include 5+ years programming experience, as well as experience building, deploying and maintaining Drupal websites and building custom Drupal modules. You should have expert understanding of XHTML/PHP/MySQL, and familiarity with Javascript and jQuery. The right candidate will have excellent organization, time management and communication skills, and the ability to write programming specifications and documentation. Must be a collaborative team player, but also self-directed when required. You should have an understanding of web services/APIs, familiarity with version control systems (SVN, GIT, etc), and working knowledge of Apache / LAMP stacks. Education requirement is a BS in Computer Science or relevant experience. Understanding of OOP and MVC, and Action Script 3.0 / Flash skills are a plus.

Sandstorm Design creates powerful brand experiences with our unique blend of strategic marketing, web design and usability services. Located on Chicago’s north side, we help companies identify, craft, and clearly communicate their marketing messages in a creative, intuitive and strategic way. We’re a creative bunch with a witty sense of humor. Why it’s awesome to work here: paid day off and free lunch for your birthday, you don’t have to dress up, you get all the traditional perks of a big company (401K, healthcare benefits, etc.) without the politics, free snacks (and COFFEE) all day! Lots of growth potential.

If you think you’d be a great addition to our team, please send your cover letter, resume and salary requirements to Please include “Chicago PHP/MySQL Developer” in the subject line.

Local candidates only. No phone calls please. No recruiters.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Local Telecom Provider Reinvents Its Brand and Web Site

Gregg launch partners Local Telecom Provider Reinvents Its Brand and Web Site

Sandstorm Design is thrilled to kick off the new year by launching a new web site and brand for Gregg Communications! What started with a web site has grown into a full on partnership to reinvent Gregg’s brand. And it has been so wonderful to have a client as enthusiastic about the process as we are! With a new web site and identity, the Gregg brand is now aligned with the quality service and expertise of their staff. We are so proud to announce this launch and look forward to more growth with Gregg!

Friday, January 14, 2011

Research Shows It: Attractive Web Site Design Is Critical

They say you learn something new everyday. And today we learned quite a bit from our Technology and Usability Director, Michael Hartman, who shared some key takeaways from a ‘Putting Research into Practice’ training seminar by Human Factors International, Inc.

One of the most intriguing findings was from a study by Tractinskya, Cokhavia, Kirschenbauma, and Sharfib (2006) where participants made a split second decision (500 milliseconds) about the attractiveness of a web site. Turns out the average attractiveness ratings stayed about the same when the exposure time was extended to 10 seconds. This means users’ impressions about a web site’s aesthetics are made in less than a second. They don’t really change their mind after more time on the site. We all know how important first impressions are. Which is why aesthetics are extremely critical if you want a user to stay on your web site for, well, more than a second. If you ever need a little help with your web site design, you know who to call.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Sandstorm Launches New Web Site with Passion for Paschen

FHPaschen1 Sandstorm Launches New Web Site with Passion for Paschen

We are proud to announce the launch of the new F.H. Paschen, S.N. Nielsen web site! We love working with this construction company, some say we’re almost as “Paschen”-ate as they are. Great people, great work, and a great history. We couldn’t wait for this site launch!

In addition to a new branded look and feel, the web site is filled with interactive video and functionality. We built a searchable project database that includes over 100 of their top projects. We also created an interactive experience on the homepage, new custom videos, an interactive map and a dynamically building ‘Contact Us’ form. To top it all off, custom photography highlights one of the company’s strongest points of pride – their people. We couldn’t be more passionate about launching this web site for F.H. Paschen, a company we are proud to call our client and partner.

Web Development Job in Chicago – .NET Developer with Sitecore CMS Experience

Sandstorm Design is hiring! We’re looking for a freelance ASP.NET Developer with Sitecore CMS experience. We have been (and will be) busy creating the concepts, designs and information architecture for a site for a large local non-profit and need your development skills to build it. The project will be starting in development in January 2011 with some up front consultation needed immediately. Ideally, we would like to find a local Chicago ASP.NET contractor with whom we can build a long-term relationship to help with this project as well as future projects.

Candidates must have 4+ years .NET experience, preferably with a Microsoft certification, 1+ years hands-on experience using Sitecore CMS and 2+ years experience with MsSQL. We would like someone with experience developing high volume web applications, and the ability to design database tables, stored procedures and SQL Queries. You will need to know HTML and CSS. We also need you to be able to meet project timelines and budgets, collaborate with peers on a project to meet client needs, and have strong written and verbal communication skills. We’re looking for a highly motivated, detail-oriented individual with excellent problem solving skills and a passion for delivering high quality products and creating highly usable web sites that optimize the user experience. A few pluses that will give you an edge: experience with AJAX/Jquery, developing e-commerce sites, and/or familiarity with Shopsite shopping site software.

Think you might be the one we are seeking? Submit your resume and work samples and/or links to Please NO phone calls.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Sandstorm Design Rocks The Cradle

Cradle1 Sandstorm Design Rocks The Cradle

It’s easy to love your job when you work for Sandstorm Design, and it’s even easier when the projects that come your way are for organizations that are working to make the world a better place – like The Cradle, an open adoption agency in Chicago. Along with giving them a fresh, new look, we also made their site easy to update by completing development in Drupal so that they can change their content regularly with current news, new waiting families, and new stories of success.  

We loved working with The Cradle and being a part of helping birthparents, adoptive families, and adopted children come together to create their own unique family stories. We are so proud to launch this web site!

Sandstorm and the National Association of REALTORS® Build a Site for Baby Boomers

SRES11 Sandstorm and the National Association of REALTORS® Build a Site for Baby Boomers

Sandstorm Design is excited to announce the launch of! We’re so happy to provide this excellent resource to anyone age 50+ with real estate needs, helping them connect with SRES® designees all over the country. The SRES® designation, offered by the National Association of REALTORS®, indicates specialization in the real estate needs of those age 50+. Baby boomers can visit this web site to easily search for an SRES® designee near them, and prepare themselves for what types of considerations they’ll face with their real estate decisions.  We love working with the National Association of REALTORS® and marketing to seniors, and couldn’t be more excited to launch this web site!

Monday, October 25, 2010

New Law Firm Gets a New Web Site

partridge New Law Firm Gets a New Web Site

Sandstorm Design is so excited to announce the launch of a new web site for a new firm, Partridge IP Law. Having the opportunity to work with this unique law firm from inception has been such a privilege. We created their new identity and brand, starting with the logo and print work before moving to the web. And while the firm might be new, the attorneys are experienced. Their new web site showcases this expertise with detailed bios and a very active blog. We absolutely loved working with Partridge IP Law, and couldn’t be happier to announce this launch!