Posts Tagged ‘Web Development’

Getting back from my vacation from web development

Tuesday, November 30th, 2010
Getting back from my vacation from web development

A needed break

I took the week off during the Thanksgiving holiday. I didn’t realize I needed it until I was already two days in. The first day I was just waiting for a call from work to say something was jacked up and needed to be fixed. Thankfully the call never came. The second day of my vacation I wanted to sit in front of the computer and do some work of my own, but forced myself away. I was on a break after all, I should enjoy it right? After that, it was heaven.

Sometimes you need a break to make you realize you were dangerously close to getting burned out without even knowing it. I love what I do, as most of do, but as I have found the past week…you just have to get away from it for a while. I hadn’t had any time off this year until then, so it was very weird not doing ANYTHING related to web development. I thought about it a lot, but I didn’t touch the computer. And you know what? I feel soooo much better. Sorry I didn’t post, or tweet, or whatever, but trust me when I say I needed to go away for a week.

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Web Developer Or Designer Growing Pains

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010
Web Developer Or Designer Growing Pains

Feeling Different

If you asked me about a year ago what my favorite blogs were, I would give you the same answers that most of you would give. Lately, and by that I mean about 6 months or so, maybe a little longer, I’ve been feeling like none of them are writing about anything that I need anymore. I’m not going to mention any names because I respect what they gave me. What do I mean by ‘need’ though? That feeling of “Holy CRAP that is awesome.” I don’t know if the caliber of writing has gone down on those blogs, or if I’ve just grown beyond what they are doing. Only one major blog has kept up with where I am at and what I want to see, and that is net.tutsplus.com. Everyone else seems to be posting the same fluff pieces about things plumbers can teach us. I want tutorials about some bad-ass CSS3 techniques that no one has thought of. Or the video tutorial series I’m watching on net.tuts about starting Ruby.

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A review of the 960 Grid System

Tuesday, October 12th, 2010
A review of the 960 Grid System

Thank god for a good tutorial!

NOTE: I am going to review it, not go into detail into how things work – there are plenty of tutorials on that (one of which is listed below.
If not for this tutorial by Joshua Johnson, I will have to admit that the 960gs is terribly confusing. He explains how the grid works in plain english, and what the push/pull classes do. I started my redesign build last night, and as previously stated before, I was going to try my hand at this whole grid thing. Follow along, and you will see what I think.

Learning Curve

Either I’m an idiot, or the 960gs is way harder than I thought it was going to be. How could I not understand what is going on under the hood from the get go? First, it didn’t help that I started with the 16 column while designing in Photoshop, only to realize that I wanted the 24 when I started building it. I am already down for the count, because the grids do not line up the same way, due to there being more margin in the 16 column version.

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Website update…Using the 960 Grid System

Tuesday, October 12th, 2010
Website update…Using the 960 Grid System

This is just an update

I’m rebuilding my website, and I am learning multiple things at the same time while doing so. I’m using the HTML5 Boilerplate, HTML5 tags, the 960 Grid System (24-column), and will be using Sass. This isn’t a real post, just an update on why there won’t be one tonight. Tomorrow I will write a review on the 960 Grid System now that I have the hang of it. Does anyone know if the HTML5 Boilerplate has a Sass option? Meaning it has the CSS written in SCSS? Would be awesome, because I do not look forward to rewriting that. Anyway, I’ll have a real post for you tomorrow.

Follow up to Website Redesigns

Thursday, September 30th, 2010
Follow up to Website Redesigns

Poorly titled article yesterday

Ok, I apologize for yesterday’s article title. That was all about me. What about YOU though? Are you thinking of redesigning your website? Let’s take a look at what you should be thinking about, where to start, and being serious about what you are about to do.

Don’t just jump in!

Your first impulse when you are about to update your site is to just dive head first into the project without a second thought. Maybe you saw a cool photo that you want to use, or were inspired by 50 sites that were in some other blog’s list article (like me!). Or maybe you had no thoughts, but just decided it was time to do something about your site. I can tell you from experience that just noodling around in Photoshop will bring only a bunch of crap. I’ve tried that approach, and it doesn’t work. Expecting something awesome to come about from just playing around isn’t going to happen. What should you do? Absolutely NOTHING at first concerning the actual design. Get a notebook, or open Evernote, or even Paprika (love that little app), and start making lists.

First things first, go to your current site and look at it. Don’t just be all “Ya it *#Y@ing sucks.” I mean really look at it. Try to remember why you did the things you did. Write a list of what isn’t working, and another of what is. Be honest, because you will only hurt your future brilliant piece of interweb awesomeness. Is the navigation a well organized one? Do you have random things you put in just to show that you can do it? A careful study of what you did, will help you avoid what you shouldn’t do again. I found tons of things on mine, and it was a bit depressing that some items were so ill thought out.

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