I’ve been making websites for desktop computers for 13 years now. And It crossed my mind recently that, based on a little rough math, I’ve created well over 500 unique designs. In hindsight, they weren’t always pretty. But much of that was because web design was still in its infancy when I started–no web fonts, no css, and no jquery, just a bunch of awful tables and spacer gifs. Life was honestly pretty rough if you had any expectation of creating great design for the web environment. Continue reading
I had the fortune recently to play a few shows with Lee Ranaldo as part of the Wooden Wand band. Continue reading
The web design community is aflame with comments and criticism over Jeffrey Zeldman’s most recent redesign–a stark, content-first (well, content-only) layout that looks undeniably odd against the norm of modern desktop web design. This single-column, text-only layout has attracted a wide assortment of vitriol, prompting a rebuttal from the man himself. You’d think the guy raped a panda. Continue reading
Welcome to Timeline, another “worst update ever” from Facebook. As with every tweak to this social epicenter, it’s difficult to distinguish real user disgust from reactionary resistance to change. It seems that every Facebook rollout is greeted with pitchforks and torches until the next version bestows on it a sainthood as “the good old Facebook we knew and loved.” Continue reading
This week, my musical cohorts and I have been hard at work creating music for Alabama Public Television’s upcoming documentary on Wernher von Braun. It’s been fun and enlightening working out of my element–making music with synths, loops, and a whole lot of iPad. Continue reading
This week I’ll be in the studio at Ol Elegante recording a new Wooden Wand record. If you missed the first record we made last spring, check it out.
Well, I finally did it. After years of acting like I didn’t have much to say, I’ve finally started a blog. Partially as an exercise in learning WordPress, which my company has recently adopted, and partly because after 13 years building websites I know a thing or two worth passing along.
I’d like to keep this reasonably focused on UX and design, but I’m sure it will also be filled with plenty of off-topic ramblings and extracurricular items. I hope you’ll bear with me through those.
So here goes, well, something.