Saturday, June 18, 2016

CDS Global

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In 2012, I began work at CDS Global as a contractor. CDS Global is a subsidiary of Hearst, a leader in the magazine industry. My initial contract was for six months but was extended twice and ended up as about a years worth of work. I also did additional freelance work for CDS Global multiple times after leaving my initial contract, while working for Buccaneer.

Beginning the Contract

The goal for my contract was to migrate and build new sites for 150 webserv sites and move them onto a custom Magento application. Every magazine site needed a brand new CSS that matched the existing company's main website.


Later in the contract, we also began developing email newsletter templates, promotional banners, and custom micro-sites with fresh new designs.

Projects I worked on (not a complete list)

To view samples from when I worked on these projects visit, Internet Archive: Wayback Machine (From October 2011 to June 2012).

  • Reiman
  • Consumer Reports
  • Conde Nast
  • Quicken
  • Brides
  • Book Depot
  • Holiday
  • Bagwell
  • Americas Test Kitchen
  • Entrepreneur
  • Electro Depot
  • Disney Family Fun
  • Inc.
  • Hoffman
  • Highlights for Children
  • The Spring Big Black Book Esquire
  • Guideposts
  • Future US
  • Fast Company
  • ESPN
  • The John Steinbeck Library
  • LOA
  • Kettenbach
  • JLC
  • M Shanken
  • Superguides
  • Redan
  • Readers Digest 
  • National Geographic
  • NG Explorer
  • NG Digital
  • NG Kids
  • NG Promotional 
  • McGraw Hill
  • Mansueto
  • Yankee
  • Reminisce
  • The Family Handyman
  • Taste of Home
  • Shop Books from the Sun
  • Spirituality
  • Scientific American
  • Rolling Stone
  • Tronix
  • Hoffman


Towards the end of the first project, I began working with another team (while maintaining my existing workload). On the other team, I developed blogs and helped manage the CDS Global corporate sites. I really enjoyed my time working with CDS Global and initially there was discussion of moving into a permanent role, but by the time an offer was made I had already moved onto a new position.

I made a lot of friends while at CDS Global, and still keep in touch with most.

References from this position available upon request.

Skills and Tools

  • Magento
  • Eclipse
  • Photoshop
  • Illustrator
  • Wordpress
  • Helped create an eBook and white papers
  • Event Planning
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