August 02, 2020

I’m standing in line at the grocery store. My hands are full of products I don’t recognize but should be sufficient for the next couple days here. I place things on the conveyor belt, hoping the cashier doesn’t ask any questions. Of course, she does. I assume she’s asking if I want a bag and shake my head no. Thankfully, that seemed to answer her question. The few items are rung up and ...

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That’s Pretty Clever

July 25, 2020

I was over at my friend’s place—in the backyard, outside—playing some games. Thankful for the warm summer nights and not looking forward to a pandemic lasting through winter. One of the games we played was a dice game called That’s Pretty Clever. We each had our own piece of paper and pen to mark off various items to be scored at the end. The scorecard is very specific to the game ...

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Reply via Email

July 20, 2020

While I don’t blog nearly as often as I used to and while I removed comments from my site a few years back due to lack of use and the constant barrage of spam, it is nice to hear from people that either have something nice to say, have a helpful critique, or want to have a dialogue on an interesting topic. As others have done, I’ve added a “Reply via email” mailto link at the bottom of...

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An Exploration of Flavour

June 26, 2020

I came across a screenshot the other day that had a list of projects that I had built over 10 years ago. There was a Flickr app, a Twitter app, a job site, an ad platform. I had forgotten how prolific I was at one time. I definitely fell into a rut there. Lately, though, I’ve been getting back into exploring design and flexing my design and front-end skills on some personal projects. Las...

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Overlapping Header with CSS Grid

May 18, 2020

I have this design. Historically, I’ve done this with negative margins. The header has a height that adds a bunch of padding to the bottom and then the body gets a margin-top: -50px or whatever the design calls for. Since I knew I was going to be using Grid for the shell of this page, I wondered if there was an easy way to do this. I set up the page using three columns and four r...

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Fancy Zoom Calls

May 05, 2020

AKA, how I set up my Sony DSLR to use as a webcam. Unless you’ve only just woken from a months’ long coma and the first thing you decided to do was read my blog, you’re likely aware of (waves arms around) this quarantine. I’ve been home and isolated for two months now. Fun times. As a result, I’m in a lot of Zoom calls. As a result, I’m envious of the few people with their fan...

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A .Button is a Button is a Link

May 05, 2020

You’re working on a project and in it you see a button. It looks like a button, it acts like a button. It is a button. It is a <button>. It is a .button. But is every <button> a .button? Is every .button a <button>? Let’s take a look at some very specific examples: We essentially have three different types of buttons: Image-only buttons (the next/previou...

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April 28, 2020

It’s April 2019. We’re in Lima, continuing the journey of going to the world’s 50 best restaurants. There are 3 restaurants on the list here in Lima: Astrid & Gaston, Maido, and Central. It looked like there was availability for all three restaurants and so we booked flights and hotel and then went to reserve the restaurants. A&G was fine. Maido was great. Central, however, t...

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