Mark Burgess

Seattle-area Web consultant, specializing in Drupal.

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Here are some of the websites I’ve built. On all of these I was either the sole or lead developer. I have a design background myself but often work with other designers for the graphic aspects of a project; these partnerships are indicated where appropriate.

Leavitt Capital

Drupal • This site for Seattle real estate developer Tom Leavitt is a great example of content-driven design. By focusing on writing and photography at the start of the process, layout and typography came together very easily toward the end. Visit site »

CSER: Clinical Sequencing Exploratory Research

Drupal • I developed the CSER Consortium site in conjunction with Gail Jarvik's group at the University of Washington. Behind the login it has lots of members-only content such as working groups, meetings, events, and categorized file uploads. The publications and presentations listed on the public side are managed using a customized batch-upload process. Visit site »

International Festival of Arts & Ideas

Drupal • This annual festival in New Haven, Connecticut features hundreds of events spread over a two-week period. Responsive design techniques make the site mobile friendly. 2012 IMA Award. Partnership with Flyleaf Creative. Visit site »

Cucina Fresca

Drupal • Drupal makes it easy for chef Bradley to add new recipes and associate them with Cucina Fresca ingredients. Partnership with Lookatlao Studio. Visit site »


Drupal • The old site was hindered by an old ColdFusion-based CMS, and migrating it to Drupal allowed for the addition of a blog and other new features. Refinements to the layout and typography bring the previous design to the modern day. Visit site »

Leschi Lakecenter and Marina

Drupal • Drupal powers this one-page, mobile friendly site for a commercial/retail property in Seattle. On a large screen, the site responds by showing some special enhancements. Visit site »

Seattle University School of Law

Ingeniux CMS • Migration from a complicated proprietary XML-based workflow to an XML/XSLT content management system. Large site with lots of stakeholders. Agency: PBDH. Visit site »

Margaret Thatcher Foundation

Classic ASP • T-SQL (Microsoft SQL Server) • FileMaker Pro • At its core, this is an 11,000-item database of the former Prime Minister’s utterances and documents. The site was originally programmed by a PBDH subcontractor, but I maintained it from 2002 onwards. During that time I deeply refactored the ASP code and stored procedures for performance, stability, and maintainability. I also created a FileMaker-based “bulkloader” tool for offline record creation and batch upload. Agency: PBDH. Visit site »


I can go as abstract and theoretical as necessary, but I generally gravitate toward the useful and people-centered side of tech. I like making websites because I like being at that intersection between human and computer, facilitating. I also like making computers do work, so I enjoy automating processes, scripting, etc.


I've been using it professionally since 2008. I am helpful in the Drupal community but not heavily involved with it.


I know them inside out. My style is on the conservative side—instead of using unusual features that need to be carefully tested all over the place, I’d rather write reliable code that has a high chance of working cross-browser the first time.

Revision control

I use Git for all projects. I like Unfuddle for hosting Git repositories.


I’m no DBA but I have created, managed, and used databases for a long time. I have done basic performance tuning on MySQL, dug into SQL Server for the Thatcher site, and, back in the day, knew all sorts of tricky FileMaker techniques.


I can set up a Linux Web server using command-line only, WHM/cPanel, Plesk, whatever. I have managed a Windows development server.

Computer languages

Over the years I have worked with (or at least dabbled in): BASIC (in HP, TRS-80, and AppleSoft flavors), 6502 Assembler, UCSD Pascal, AppleScript, UserTalk, Lingo, Java, HTML, CSS, ColdFusion, VBScript, SQL, JavaScript, Perl, PHP, Ruby, Python, Bash shell, XML, XSLT.