A Long Time Coming

It’s funny how quickly you come to hate your own site. Almost exactly 2 years ago, I launched a redesigned version of my site. After maybe a year, I hated it. But who has time to redo their own site? Apparently it took me 6 months to find the time to finish mine. Even within those 6 months, I found things that I had started on the site that I hated. My goals were to simplify things a bit, make it…

My Long Journey from WordPress to ExpressionEngine

About the time I started my new job at Viget Labs in December 2009, I decided that it was time to start working on a redesigned website. This redesign was a chance for me to play around with some of the new CSS3 properties, @font-face, & jQuery. My first three designs have also been very white, so I wanted to try something a little different. I wanted to go with a dark background, and I wante…

Transition

It’s been a long time since I’ve posted anything here, but I’m hoping to change that soon. I’ve been busy with a new job, teaching, and I even found time to get married too. I’ve been working on building a newly designed site with ExpressionEngine, and I am finally getting to the last stages. The hardest part now is porting all of my posts and comments over. So while I am transitioning, I am going…

Packt Book Giveaway Winners

Thank you everyone for participating in the Packt Book Giveaway. It was interesting to see how many more people were interested in the jQuery book compared to the others. Now, on to the winners… The Choosing an Open Source CMS book was won by Eric D. Greene with his comment on the blog article. The WordPress 2.7 Complete book was won by Adrian Turner with his Twitter entry. The Learning jQuery 1.…

Packt Book Giveaway: jQuery, WordPress, & Open Source CMS

I am pleased to announced that I have 3 Packt books to giveaway: Learning jQuery 1.3, WordPress 2.7 Complete, & Choosing an Open Source CMS. Entering to win one of these books is very simple, and you can enter in two different ways. But first, let me provide a little more detail about the books. Learning jQuery 1.3 To build interesting, interactive sites, developers are turning to JavaScri…

CSS Naked Day 2009

Yep, today, April 9, 2009, is the annual CSS Naked Day. Some people may think it is a huge risk to completely strip the design from my site for a day, but I think otherwise. If anything, it gives visitors a chance to see my ability to code with web standards. I take the time and effort to write well structured XHTML, so it is still readable without any style applied. I am striping my design with …

Design Share

I had the pleasure of being invited to Design Share at Viget Labs Wednesday night. The idea of the event was that 6 presenters would each give a 5 minute presentation on design, and then there was a question and answer period. It was especially great since I am not really a designer. Always great to learn new things. Brian Talbot National Geographic Brian started the night off by discussing the …

Version 3 Launched

Well, I finally think my redesign is good enough for the public eye. There are definitely some tweaks that I need to make, but it’s good enough for now. I plan on tweaking stuff for the rest of the week and doing some clean up on some of the older articles. This goal of this design was to adhere to a very strict grid, and I used the 16 column 960 grid. View Grid (click on the grid to remove it…

Redesign

Just a quick note to everyone that I am planning on launching my redesign tomorrow at some point. Some things are defintely going to need some clean up after launch, but I just feel like it is at a point where small things shouldn’t hold it up. So if something looks broken, I will be fixing it soon.

Change We Can Believe In

Thank you America for doing the right thing.

Pagination