31 Jan Thank you.

If you’ve viewed the current student profiles page, you might have realized that this semester we’re missing a few people. Joe and Brian are no longer working with us, but the work, effort, and dedication they’ve put in is evident in what Hopkins Interactive is today.


When Joe began working on the website, it looked like this:

After countless hours of work and effort, Joe had turned the website into this:

The blogs all had to be transferred from typepad to wordpress and converted, themes and sidebars designed.

However, his work didn’t stop there. Joe’s work had made Hopkins Interactive into the beautifully designed and useful website it is today.

When the bloggers chose their blog theme, Joe was the one who made it work with the website, changed the colors and fonts to our satisfaction, and made it generally awesome (case in point see the top of the freshman blog).

He’s also responsible for updated forums, from transitioning from the old invisionfree forums to a newer version to the fully updated version that exists on the site currently. Transitioning didn’t mean just getting a new platform—it meant transferring all of the posts and accounts as well. He also was responsible for implementing the flickr page and designing the video page.

He’s also served as the producer for the Learn More, See More, B’More series, where he’s responsible for numerous behind the scenes roles. He’s also held roles as a blogger for the Class of 2013 blog and has maintained an official JHU twitter for the last year and a half.

This is just the tip of the iceberg of all the work that Joe has put in over the last two and a half years on this site and this group. He’s responsible for all of the code and the reason this website exists. You won’t see his name listed on credits for this site, but without him, this site would not exist.


Brian has been one of the leaders of SAAB for the last few years, where he has contributed ideas for Open House banners and new technology, among other things. As a freshman, he wrote for the Class of 2012 Freshman Engineering blog, and since Fall 2009 has maintained an official JHU twitter account.

Additionally, he served on the SAAB interview/selection panel for Fall 2009 and 2010. There, he created the first digital version of the SAAB application, and also helped recruit technical talent.

One of Brian’s biggest contributions has been his work on the Insider’s Guide. The Insider’s Guide has been one of the mainstays of Hopkins Interactive for the last few years. It’s an entirely student designed and written publication about life at Hopkins for prospective students. He’s worked on this for the past three years, putting in hundreds of hours. If you’ve been to an Admitted Student Open House, you’ve probably seen some of Brian’s work (and you can view the 2011 version here).

The Insider's Guide, 2009

The Insider's Guide, 2011

So much of what we see on Hopkins Interactive is the easily visible content–the blogs, the twitter feeds, the pictures, the video, the publications. It’s hard at times to remember how much work goes into making all of this happen. A video isn’t produced, filmed, and edited in a few minutes. The publications we produce aren’t just thrown together, they’re the work of hours and days of labor. The website we host isn’t just a basic template form–it’s a uniquely coded platform that supports an amazing site, full of amazing student content.

Joe and Brian, thank you for all the work you’ve put in over the years. This post doesn’t cover nearly all of what you’ve done, but I hope this thank you does.

edited 1/31/2012, 8:21 pm

6 Responses to “Thank you.”

  1. Kevin C. says:

    Great blog :) I had no idea the depth of the work these guys did, that’s incredible! Thanks guys!

  2. Kate T. says:

    What a great tribute to some great people :)

  3. Purna C. says:

    Great blog, Miranda! And thank you to Joe and Brian, who were both awesome members of SAAB:)

  4. Jenny says:

    Those are some compelling before & after pics. Kudos to Joe for coding the website! And I remember receiving that Insider’s Guide freshman year. Way to go, Brian!

  5. JHU_Saznin says:

    You took the words right out of my mouth. Well done! Great blog about great people. I hope we can continue to keep up their good work.

  6. Caitlin says:

    I agree… these guys are awesome! Thanks for telling everyone about these dedicated people and their work. :)

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