What makes directing the design of a website different than the creation of other digital or branding material is the collaboration with developers.
In the last year of my undergraduate degree (1995-96), as the internet was only beginning to emerge, I taught myself HTML and started creating websites. My list of clients grew and this was truly the beginning of my career. I was recruited into Lotus (who soon thereafter was acquired by IBM) where I learned about the development process, usability and eventually design, which led me to enroll at Mass Art.
The above examples showcase three websites that I directed much later in my career, each representative of a different process.
HBS HEALTHCARE ALUMNI ASSOCIATION
Collaborated with Body1 as they developed a system for streamlining website creation for a multitude of Harvard clubs. I was lucky enough to catch them at a more flexible stage - this club was one of the first, and so my design was used to develop a template.
Working with a superstar developer who was able to create this site to my specifications from scratch is somewhat antiquated these days, but I strongly believe that having this experience was an important stepping stone to the depth of my understanding of usability and website design.
HBS HEALTH INDUSTRY ALUMNI CONFERENCE
Here I adhered to a template, already developed and fully operational. I simply provided images to fit their mold. On the website end, I interacted with only one production artist. I applied the look and feel that I established for the conference and submitted it for slicing and dicing.