This is a desktop only design because mobile devices like the iPhone had not become a factor to consider yet. The masthead features the reflection visual effect that was the must have effect at the time. In this case, I extended the reflection to include the navbar, an original visual design element according to my colleague.
The site features three different layouts including the homepage, a content page with a left sidebar, and a layout with no sidebar. Other navigation elements include the global site navigation in the form of a horizontal bar featuring color changes on hover and breadcrumb links on underlying pages.
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My main contribution to the development of the site was the markup and CSS.
The site was compliant with the strict XHTML standard (HTML5 was still just a glimmer of hope at this time). My colleague took my front-end code and incorporated it into his custom PHP framework.
The site features some classic CSS techniques for creating gradients and box shadows using images since browser support for these properties did not exist yet. The topnav hover changes were managed using the CSS Sprites technique.