Archive for the ‘Note’ Category

Dribbbled inspiration

Monday, April 19th, 2010

The amount of inspiration one can find on Dribbble is absolutely stunning. There are so many people in there that I’ve never known about.


Web designers who can’t code

Thursday, February 18th, 2010

I should’ve been a little more specific in my tweet. I was talking about designers who don’t have even the most basic HTML and CSS skills to turn a flat design into an actual site. Not people who intentionally choose not to code; those who can’t. And I’m also referring only to front-end code here; of course it’s ridiculous to think that designers should also be amazing back-end programmers (although there are exceptions).

This quote is from Elliot Jay Stock on his post Web designers who can’t code, a debate he started up yesterday morning on twitter. What a great way to start the day!

As Elliot pointed out, it created quite a stir on twitter. My favorite reply is this one by Andy Budd which Elliot has also quoted:

However if you’re designing fairly large scale sites it’s often not desirable, possible or practical to do the coding especially if the complexity of the various components (e.g. complex JS functionality) outweighs your technical ability.

Now, quite a few have opened up their blogs to keep the discussion going:

Reading all those and the comments are sure to keep you away from doing any work so… beware!

Moving on…

Thursday, January 21st, 2010

Just did the most difficult thing I’ve ever had to do… but it’s for the best… I think.

I tweeted that yesterday at around the same time I’m writing this. What does it mean?

Well… it means I left The Web Squeeze. It was a hard decision, very hard decision for me to take since Jacob, Linda and I (along with Marc Fraser) started it all almost 2 years ago. It was something we all really loved doing. At first it was a hobby and that was great but lately, it’s become something more. Owning a Web Magazine is a full time job (as most of you know) and I couldn’t keep up. I don’t have the luxury of sending request to people to write for us, or deal with advertisers, etc… I have a full time job already. And I have a family that I enjoy being with. With client work (that I freelance on the side) and TWS, it wasn’t leaving me a lot of time to spend with my darling little girl who’s growing up too fast and that bass-playing husband of mine that I love so much.

You’ll still see me roaming around the forums once in a while. But I won’t be there very often.

So what’s going to happen now? What am I going to do?

Not much will change actually tho I’ll have more time to deal with client stuff. And there are a few things I want to do, projects I’ve been eager to start so I might jump into that. One thing is for sure tho… this blog will finally get it’s much needed redesign! I’m going more tumblr-like. I’ve a got a few mock-up in PSD that I’m playing around with so you can look to me posting a bit more on here now.

So that’s it… Jacob, Linda and I are still friends and I wish them the best of luck with The Web Squeeze.

Even tho I ain’t part of @thewebsqueeze anymore, be sure to check ‘em out yeah? Promise? Ok good! Moving along!

Tweeted this morning … and I mean it! :)

From PSD to WP series – Part II

Monday, October 19th, 2009

It’s finally published.

From Photoshop to WordPress – Part II – Coding

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again… lesson learned. I never thought it would have taken me so long to write it but life comes at you with unexpected road bumps and you just have to deal with it. From now on tho, if I ever do another series, I’ll make sure all the parts are written before publishing the first one.

I’m just so happy that it’s out there and I hope it will help some of you learn how to slice a Photoshop mockup.

Like anything else in Web Design, understand that this is merely one way of doing it. It’s how I’ve done it for the past 10 years and it’s worked great for me.

As for Part III, I’m starting it this week and I hope to publish it in the coming weeks.

Thank you for you patience!

Grand Opening of Collision Hosting

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009

Finally! Our very first project is out of the gate!


This project was started last year when Jacob proposed it to Linda and myself. Actually, I suggest “Draft 1″ back in February of this year but the whole company name, domain, etc… was started late 2008.

Anyways, it was a long time coming especially when all 3 of us have day jobs. The time devoted to all things The Web Squeeze is pretty slim. But we made it! And we’ll be starting the whole process all over again with another booming project :D

Now… go get awesome hosting from Collision Hosting!!!