Posts Tagged ‘Web Development’

Website Redesigns And Critiquing Yourself

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010
Website Redesigns And Critiquing Yourself

Something new, something borrowed, something…gray

I’ve finally created my business cards. For real this time, not some home created garbage that I never liked anyway. What did I learn about myself through designing them? I freakin’ love the combination of orange and gray. This isn’t some new thing either, I thought long about this after I created the cards (which you can see below). I’ve always liked these two colors together. I used to shoot archery with my mom and step-dad a lot when I was young, and I remember loving this arrow set that had gray shafts with orange and white fletchings. It was that memory that made me look at some of my past designs. I never really noticed before, but apparently I reeeeeeeeally love gray and orange. Now I have these new cards, and my website doesn’t fit together with them…guess what that means?

The current one is probably about a year and a half old now, maybe a little more, and I want it to match my new business cards. I had to do some critiquing though of what I have now, and why I think it actually needs it. First thing, gray and orange stay. That was a given. I had to go deeper though. What did I want to do, what do I like about my current site, and what don’t I like. I also needed a starting point for the new design, and I found it. Do you ever get inspired from a list site that shows like 20+ other sites that are pure awesome? I did (which is funny because usually I hate list articles) and that is where the borrowed comes from, which you will see.

Business Card Front
Business Card Back

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Web Design and Development Doom, Gloom, And Look At Me

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010
Web Design and Development Doom, Gloom, And Look At Me

Web Design is dead!

No. No it is not. I am seriously getting fed up with some of the content that a bunch of the major blogs are putting up on their sites. Smashing Magazine posted an article last week that was very depressing. At least, if you believed it. All I saw was a “Come look at me, and comment!” I get wanting to drive readers to your site and all, but to post content that seems like the only reason it is there is to grab attention rather than inform is…well…lousy. This post might seem like it is bashing SM, but its not. They are just the easy target for this write-up because they have done it a few times this month. There are plenty others that feel the need to put a dark cloud over design and development.

How does one possibly kill the community?

By continually posting articles that the development/design field is going to be gone. So now you have a ton of people worried that their career choice will go the way of the dodo. Will this actually make people start looking for a career change anytime soon? Probably not, but it is definitely causing stress. This brings to mind the articles that were popping up about how the community is dead, or the sad state it is in. Yes the two links I have posted so far have been from SM, but I remember others that were not. Just go and do a search for it, you’ll find them. Is the community really dead? Hell no, its just not on the major player blogs anymore. There is better discussions on the not-so-known blogs. I think these kind of articles are doing more harm than they are bringing about interesting conversations, and sadly they are being brought about by the ones we all….used to…love.

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Adding Scripts, CSS, And Extras – When Is It Too Much?

Thursday, September 9th, 2010
Adding Scripts, CSS, And Extras – When Is It Too Much?

Let’s stick that in there too!

Ok, I will admit that this topic just popped into my head, mainly because of what I was doing at work, and then thinking of the HTML5 Boilerplate. I’m using that as a starting point to illustrate what I am talking about, not bashing it. I think the template is awesome and I am using it in my personal projects.

Let’s say we are using it to start a new site. It has a lot of awesome things in it to compensate for a ton of stuff. It has jQuery, a ready to go script page for your js, a nicely organized style sheet, dd-belatedpng.js for png support in IE6, Google Analytics code, Modernizer 1.5 js for HTML5 tag support in browsers that don’t actually support HTML5…and a few other things I can’t remember at the moment. For argument’s sake though, let’s just pretend that is it.

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Being Open to New Dev Tools

Wednesday, September 8th, 2010
Being Open to New Dev Tools

Look at all the options!

One of the cool things about being a web developer/designer is that there is a massive amount of tools to do our job. From editors, to photo manipulation…it is quite awesome. One of the problems I think a lot of us have though, is that we get into a rut using the same software because that is what we are used to. I should know I was one of those people. But once I switched to a new one in one category, everything opened up for me.

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Looking Back At My Web Development Timeline

Wednesday, August 25th, 2010
Looking Back At My Web Development Timeline

Dreamweaver is NOT the most awesome thing in the world

Note: This post is more for me than you. I want to document what I’ve done, where I’ve been, and where I am going. Maybe in a year I’ll look back and say, “Damn, I was an idiot back then,” just like I do now.

I’m curious on how many of my readers use Dreamweaver. Do you solely use DW or do you use other editors/IDE’s? When I started out in the web development and design world, DW was considered the best. That was back at version 3 I believe. I still have a Dreamweaver 4 Magic book lying around here somewhere. This is back at the tale end of table use, too. Man did I seriously hate tables. But anyway, DW’s design view was how I worked. I trusted it to show me things were working correctly. Remember, I started out in print design, and everything I know I self taught, and the “community” was not what it is today. All I knew was that people made web sites using Dreamweaver.

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