David Ball

Video Post-Production | Website Development | Photography

Ojika Island, Nagasaki Japan

Women and Prison: A Site for Resistance

Website Design + CMS Development

Women and Prison: A Site for Resistance makes visible women's experiences in the criminal justice system. The stories, originally planned as a book, are supported by a collection of resources, such as organizations, reports, essays, and links to a wide range of information about women in prison.


  • Website Design
  • CMS Training
  • Google AdWords
  • E-commerce
  • User Experience


  • Jekyll + Github Pages
  • Expression Engine CMS


  • "Great Examples of the Use of CSS"
    .NET Magazine, December 2010
  • "Womenandprison.org and Resisting Violence
    Against Women"

    AREA Magazine, 2007

Writers' Block Cover
Writers' Block Inside

From Printed Zine

— A Visual Identity

Firebelly Design chose Beyondmedia's Women and Prison project as it's first client for their annual Camp Firebelly program.

Over the course of a week, 10 designers worked to create a full-color 30 page zine titled "Writer's Block" along with marketing materials. Included were 8 stories by incarcerated women and children of former incarcerated mothers plus artwork in full color.

To Digital Resource

— Taking It Global

Taking inspiration from Camp Firebelly's work, I incorporated assets from the zine and launched a full-featured website that was searchable and updatable by volunteers.

Stories were categorized by topic and further organized by tags that researchers and viewers could filter to investigate stories and resources related to specific issues of interest that incarcerated women were facing.

The Power of Storytelling

— A Sustainable Digital Platform

A big challenge for disseminating the experiences of the women sharing on the website has always been access. We looked to leverage the Internet to publish these stories to the largest audience possible.

The website has been used in college classrooms across the country and visited by thousands of new visitors each month. I enrolled Beyondmedia in a Google AdWords Grant program, and with the success and traffic to the website we were able to sustain free hosting for the website for its duration.