November 22, 2014 in Updates

What I’m Up To

I’ve been working my tail off: Simple Sassy Starter MTNmeister WP site (created with Timber) DiJiFi site redesign (also with Timber) Angular Wireframing Kit Many a blog posts about these in the icebox – coming soon-ish! […]

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October 5, 2014 in Research, Thoughts

On Progressive Enhancement

In a nutshell, progressive enhancement is building "content out", separating the structure of a website (HTML) from its presentation and behavior (CSS and JS). Content should be available regardless of the capabilities of the device, and should not rely on styling or scripting to function at a base level. There are some strong opionions for and against, but it sounds like a good idea to me!

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September 18, 2014 in Updates

New Workshop! Getting Started with Sass

Sass is "CSS with Superpowers" and infinitely awesome. But maybe you don't feel like spending an entire weekend pounding your head against your laptop, figuring out how to get set up. Come to this evening workshop and we'll walk through it all, step by step. You'll have Sass up and running in your projects by the end of the night!

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August 28, 2014 in Thoughts

Coding and Me

All too often, someone new to the tech world sees coding as some kind of magic language we coders are born with. When you see a programmer slapping away at the keyboard, it’s no wonder! But it’s not magic. Really. Coding is not like this This morning I read a […]

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August 19, 2014 in Links

“Just” is a dangerous word.

“Just update your ruby gems, generate a new SSH key, and run a git rebase…” … I don’t envy those just entering the field of web development. In addition to learning the fundamentals, there’s an expectation to be proficient in an increasingly exhausting laundry list of buzzwords and technologies. So […]

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August 3, 2014 in Updates

New workshop! Responsive CSS layouts

CSS layouts are tough...I don't care who you are! Floats and clearfixing are just hard concepts to grasp, and building layouts in CSS the proper way is no small feat. Come to this evening workshop and learn to create your own responsive layouts. Where and when, you ask? August 21, 7-9pm at New Work City Use the code "salmon" for $25 off. Register here

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July 23, 2014 in Updates

I’m talking at WordCamps

That’s right, WordCamps…plural! I will be presenting at both the New York City and Montreal WordCamps in August. And what will I be talking about? Read on, my friend. Freelancing: Real Talk (NYC, August 2-3) Description: How much do you charge? How do you price? How […]

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July 14, 2014 in Projects

Negronis and Side Projects

One thing that may not be evident from my web presence is that I’m into cocktails. I had the best Negroni of my life at Gin Palace the other night, and when I needed an idea for a project, naturally that Negroni came to mind.

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July 7, 2014 in Links, Projects

I made a Codepen

See the Pen prIFw by Lara Schenck (@laras126) on CodePen. A notlaura.com realign is officially underway (didn’t I just do one?). Don’t expect anything too soon, but the above is a little preview. Plus I’ve been […]

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June 10, 2014 in Projects, Updates

New Workshop! Portfolio Site in a Day-ish

Calling all website-less visual artists! You’ve been putting your website off for a while now, right? Come to this two session workshop and leave with a fully functioning portfolio site. We will create websites using WordPress and the theme WPFolio. The workshop will be limited to 4 people […]

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June 5, 2014 in Research

There is no fold.

…the amount of time in view steadily rises as we move downpage to a peak between about 1200 pixels down. This portion of the page is viewed for nearly three times as long as the top of the page. Amen to that – awesome reference point for clients stuck […]

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May 16, 2014 in Thoughts

Freelancer is a dirty word.

First of all, I am very proud to be a freelancer, and certainly identify as one. But…I hesitate. I kind of loathe the term. I feel like the word itself implies someone taking whatever work they can get, aimless and uncommitted, or in-between jobs with no other option to make ends […]

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May 7, 2014 in Inspiration

Podcasts are Amazing + Recommendations

Before getting into a few, relatively web design-centric favorites, let's compare podcasts to the written word. By "written word" I mean articles, blogs, and the like. What you sift through on Feedly or links found on Twitter, anything you'd save to Pocket. So yeah, this post qualifies. Oh the irony!

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April 22, 2014 in Tutorials+Tips, WordPress

WP dev tools I’m stoked about

I’m constantly reading about workflows and new tools, and don’t really get a chance to use them until something fresh comes around (or if I make an extra 5 hrs to try them out). Anyhow, I’ve got some WordPress in the works and wanted to share these excellent finds.

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