It’s Been a Long Time

It’s Been a Long Time

Between my time working in the WordPress Agency world, creating products, building sites, and working with a F100, it’s been hard to find time to blog. It’s been a busy year, but in a good way. My work in the past year spanned dozens of websites and...
Status: Finding A Work / Play Balance

Status: Finding A Work / Play Balance

2015 might the busiest year I have ever experienced. Between work and family sometimes it’s hard to find a balance. This isn’t a top 3 things you can do to be more successful, this is just a reflection and a long overdue blog post for my own place in the...
Give Your All

Give Your All

I was doing some animation research and came across a Walt Disney quote. The quote took place when Mr. Disney was admonishing an employee on the virtues of giving one’s all. It really awakened me to what I always thought to be true, yet never really able to...
Amazing Retro Terminal

Amazing Retro Terminal

Check out this way neat terminal emulator… Via Github cool-retro-term is a terminal emulator which mimics the look and feel of the old cathode tube screens. It has been designed to be eye-candy, customizable, and reasonably lightweight. It uses the Konsole...
Grids Matter on WDS Blog

Grids Matter on WDS Blog

Wrote a blog post regarding grids and their historical value on WDS’s blog. There are designers that use grids and some that don’t. I use grids as well as Golden Section to layout pages and design interesting user experiences. This isn’t to say that...
Shellshock Fix for Mac

Shellshock Fix for Mac

Recently there was a security flaw discovered in bash. It’s called “Shellshock”. I colleague circulated how to fix so I am posting it. This is for folks on a Mac. If you are unsure if you are vulnerable to begin with follow these steps: 1. Open...
Apple: We Don’t Read Your Emails

Apple: We Don’t Read Your Emails

Google’s mission is to track us, market us, store our info, and then pretend they do no evil by monetizing it all. I am not sure I buy it, but Tim Cook talks privacy they way most people think privacy now works – it’s kind of a back hand to Google....
Sidebar Got You Sad?

Sidebar Got You Sad?

Clean it up with this snippet. Sometimes you need a sidebar to just behave like a sidebar and span the page from top to bottom even if nothing is in the content area. Yes, really. Try this snippet. If doesn’t work or is outdated you didn’t get it here:...
Sidebar Got You Sad?

WP Excerpt Alternative

Sometimes you need quick solutions for different WP needs. I am sure you have library full of reusable and codex quality snippets. Came across this which came through in a pinch. If you have a layout that is dependent on copy behaving within a certain word count this...
TiVo, Why Helvetica Light?

TiVo, Why Helvetica Light?

TiVo has been a great addition to my family’s entertainment center for about 2 years now. Especially being able to record the all important Daniel Tiger episodes for my 2 year old. Yet, just recently TiVo rolled out “improvements” that make the menu...
Storefront Usability

Storefront Usability

A business is like a jewel with many different facets or sides. Each side is part of the business. There are small sides like HR and very large sides like executive strategy. Yet, it is one jewel. I have a point so just bare with me. As a designer and illustrator I am...
Don’t Block your CSS or JS

Don’t Block your CSS or JS

This is for the non-SEO people and a quick blog post about something that is probably flying beneath the radar of most designers. In case you missed it back in June Yoast explained how blocking access to these files in robots.txt can possibly harm SEO. At the very...
I love Sass Nesting

I love Sass Nesting

After listening Greg Rickaby’s Sass talk months ago and using Sass daily I am completely won over. At this point as a late adopter I really wonder why it took so long, but I guess not knowing something in itself can cause a person to not want to learn new...

Adobe Photoshop Command Keys

Below is a group of mac command keys that are useful. (H/T Adobe) Start Help Help key Undo or Redo F1 Cut F2 Copy F3 Paste F4 ShoworHide Brush panel F5 ShoworHide Colorpanel F6 ShoworHide Layers panel F7 ShoworHide Info panel F8 Show or Hide Actions panel Option + F9...
Gimp

Gimp

Note: Most designers know about GIMP. This is for the users that do not and need a free image editing tool. First the Differences between GIMP and Photoshop Before posting and sharing an interesting photo to a social media site, some people want to edit their photos...

Common Regex Redirects

Add this to your web design tool box. This is a must have a for bootstrap web designers. ^ – Match only if the Following is at the Beginning of the Line $ – Match only if the Previous is at the End of the Line ? – Match the Previous 0 or 1 times (makes it optional) ....
Have App, Will Travel

Have App, Will Travel

Many people feel the need to stay connected to the grid whether they’re at home or travelling abroad. While some might say that it’s important to put your phone away and enjoy the sights and experiences happening before your eyes, having access to mobile Internet...
How to Create a Logo (Part 2)

How to Create a Logo (Part 2)

In the first part of this two part post we covered most of what it takes to start the logo design process. But, like with everything it’s not how you start something. It’s how you finish. In this part you will see how I refine what was a small thumb sketch...
How to Create a Logo (Part 1)

How to Create a Logo (Part 1)

Creating a Logo is far from easy. We will look at my process of creating a logo and all the ancillary processes that can make your next logo project an amazing one. This will be a series of blog posts in realtime as the process proceeds through out all the phases of...
Web Design is 95% Typography

Web Design is 95% Typography

Web Design is many things. It’s fun, it’s business. It’s good and bad. You should know that Web Design is 95% typography. Everything can’t be arial. Font choice like any design element is important and how it’s displayed more so.
Web Design is like Baseball

Web Design is like Baseball

It is America’s oldest pastime. It’s an amazing sport with tremendous athletes. And baseball is completely like web design. We will be looking at web design through the lens of baseball so we can understand who’s on first and what’s on second....
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