The Quick & Dirty:

  • 9+ years in the biz, 10 messing around
  • All the latest in HTML, CSS, JS & PHP (Sorry, no .net or Ruby skills yet)
  • Cross-browser compatible code from Photoshop or Illustrator files.. or napkins!
  • Custom Specialities in Wordpress theming & plugins, Twitter & jQuery
  • Subversion, server-log analysis, and blocking hack-attempts (of late).
  • Data/Project Geek. I ♥ timelines.

I’ve compiled some handy PHP functions I’ve had to whip up. More extensive code-samples are also available.

Wordpress-from-Photoshop/Illustrator

Wordpress-from-static HTML

Wordpress-from-Photoshop

interaction design

Clients: calls or forms?

I’m glad WordPress has a decent form manager or two, since forms can be a lot of work. I always wonder the return I should be expecting. So I asked a wedding photographer friend what his phone call vs. form submit vs. email ratio was. Apparently it’s 99% form submits. I suppose that makes sense …

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The Future is half-way here ..both halves

Everyone wants the future to get here quicker. Awhile ago it was battery life for laptops. That dissatisfaction allowed explosive growth for ARM-based devices (iPad, Tablets, etc). But on the software side, the iPad & Android tablets are only halfway there: they’ve got the UI, tonnes of “apps” & user-buy-in, but the ability to do …

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The Messy Art Of UX Sketching

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uxzentrisch – User Experience Blog

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Touchable area of Screen Sizes

In my ever-present attempt to describe the tablet market-frenzy, and understand what makes “the best” tablet, I’ve compiled some numbers. I’ve had these around for awhile, but with hearing the recommendation of 30 pixels minimum for buttons (and having a horrendous time on the smallest of buttons on all sizes of honeycomb tablets) I figured …

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Representing or Digitizing?

Over 100 years ago, the telephone revolutionized communication. How? Simply by acting as a repeater – analog to analog. Voices weren’t converted into words & then re-presented in another voice or tone, you heard what was spoken. I’ve been amazed at the past nearly 2 decades of handwriting-recognition attempts. Everyone in computing seems to think …

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On the real-world testing of various tablets

Two things I would like to say regarding tablets. 1: That Android 3.0+ is messed up. It’s like using WindowsXP. My long-term critique of that platform is the ability to do the same thing, numerous ways. There’s no simple, obvious path. With Android-for-tablets, there’s too many things to do, all screaming for attention: a menu …

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Smartphones, Tablets & Dumbphones: Which are glanceable?

Anyone who knows me, knows I’m into tech, and that perhaps too much (by most reasonable standards). But what gets me about tech isn’t the tech itself (believe it or not!). I’m actually into 2 very distinct aspects of tech: it’s knowledge-utility, and the consequence for daily routine (ultimately very psychologically focused!). I’ve  recently posted …

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Tablet sizes, meet UX

Now that there’s finally a useful selection of Android tablets out there (with decent 3.2 software and dual-cores), the market is feeling it’s first round of heat. Funny thing, no one seems able to decide what size to produce or market. Samsung has left it up to the users, and is about to offer 7″, …

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WordPress Theming is actually Programming.. or, “Look, I’m all grown up now”

These past 2 weeks at work, I’ve learned a lot about optimization; you could say it’s been a “reality check.” Last week, I took time to check response times on websites we host on Godaddy. Taking the plain HTML+CSS times as a baseline for size, resources & speed (very fast), I started to wonder what …

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