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DotNetNuke.com Website

By Shaun Walker on 8/17/2015

( Excerpt from Professional DNN7 Open Source.NET CMS Platform by WROX Press )

To demonstrate the effectiveness of the skinning solution, I commissioned a local web design company, Circle Graphics in Abbotsford owned by Brad Haima, to create a compelling design for the www.dotnetnuke.com website (see Figure 1-8). As an open source project, I felt that I could get away with an unorthodox, somewhat futuristic site design and I was impressed by some of Circle Graphics' futuristic, industrial concepts I had seen.

It turned out that the designer who had created these visuals, Anson Vogt, had since moved on but was willing to take on a small contract as a personal favor to the owner. He created a skin that included some stunning 3-D imagery including the now infamous "nuke-gear" logo, circuit board, and plenty of twisted metallic pipes and containers. The integration with the application worked flawlessly and the community was wildly impressed with the stunning result. Coincidentally, Anson Vogt, went later worked with musician Eminem as the Art Director for 3-D animation on the critically acclaimed Mosh video.

Figure 1-9

Figure 1-9

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Shaun Walker has 25+ years professional experience in architecting and implementing enterprise software solutions for private and public organizations. Shaun is the original creator of Oqtane and DotNetNuke, web application frameworks which have cultivated the largest and most successful Open Source community projects native to the Microsoft platform. He was one of the original founders of DNN Corp, a commercial software company providing products, services, and technical support for DotNetNuke, which raised 3 rounds of venture capital from top tier Silicon Valley investors. Based on his significant community contributions he has been recognized as a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) as well as an ASPInsider for over 10 consecutive years. He was recognized by Business In Vancouver as a leading entrepreneur in their Forty Under 40 business awards, was a founding member of the Board of Directors of the Outercurve Foundation, and is currently the Chair of the Project Committee for Microsoft's .NET Foundation. Shaun is currently a Technical Director and Enterprise Guildmaster at Cognizant Softvision.