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Site Redesign Preview

Only the blog so far. The header still needs work, but I’ve got some baller post formats in there. I’d like to post about them in more detail because until this point I’ve thought post formats were a little useless, but with some work they can be great. Of course there’s a nice responsive deal […]

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WordPress

Bones has made me like WordPress again

That’s right, I didn’t like it for a while. Had a pretty scarring experience with a WordPress/BuddyPress site running on 20+ heavy duty plugins, and I fully realized why people say it’s messy on the backend. I had been doing a lot of custom coding, and dealing with WP hooks and filters, misc filepaths, and […]

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Freelance project: Cast Partner

Recently launched a portfolio site for Castpartner, a Hollywood casting company. The site design is by Nate Harrison and hand coded by yours truly. I have to say it was a relief to not be responsible for the design – it’s nice to just be told what to do every now and then. Also, custom […]

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Digital Placemaking logo

Here is a logo draft for Digital Placemaking, a spin-off philosophy/blog about using digital tools in (guess what) placemaking for local communities. Read more about Digital Placemaking here.

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What I’ve been doing the past 6 months

It’s been a crazy few months. Working 60hrs a week at times, but I guess that comes with the territory when you’re talking about startups. The startup in question here is Scenable, the app for local communities. There is an active startup and co-working scene here in Pittsburgh, definitely loving this city. Read about Scenable’s […]

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Design

Book recommendation: Designing for Emotion

I’ve been reading Designing for Emotion by Aarron Walter, the lead designer for MailChimp. It’s a quick read, very engaging, and infinitely useful. I’d been in a bit of a creative slump, focusing on navigation patterns, getting inspiration from great work other people are doing, and generally avoiding the being creative part. This book has […]

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Scenable Intro video: about animating to narration

Introducing Scenable: A New Platform for Bringing Communities Online. Over the past week, I made an animation introducing Scenable: a new platform for local communities online (i.e. my job). This was my first experience animating to narration, so I thought I’d post some tips as well as the video. Brainstorming the script and initial storyboarding […]

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If localhost/PhpMyAdmin is 404

Then most likely you’ve been sloppyily setting up configurations – this was my case at least :/. First make sure phpmyadmin is installed, then include its configuration file (httpd-phpmyadmin.conf) in your apache’s httpd.conf. On a Mac, httpd-conf will probably be in /opt/local/apache2/conf, and httpd-phpmyadmin.conf in conf/extra. If that’s the case for you, add this to […]

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Web Development

Move a ball on the screen with Arduino & Processing

Here’s what it looks like on the Arduino (with a potentiometer and two buttons): Here’s the code: And here’s what it looks like on the screen: There’s a few things to know about getting the Arduino working with Processing – here’s a link. And, with luck, later I’ll post a better image and description of […]

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Miscellaneous

Productivity Scene in Pgh

I went to a great talk at Assemble (art/tech gallery on Penn) the other night by author of SharePgh.com Connor Sites-Bowen. The event is was called Manifestto:DO: getting Sh*t done in Pittsburgh. Not your standard/redundant life hacks information, great, real info from real people. During the talk, everyone named good work/inspiration environments in the city. […]

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WordPress Maintenance Mode

Why haven’t I encountered/thought of this before?! If you noticed earlier, this site and the WPF2 demo site where giving off some 404s…embarrassing but oh well. Planning to write a post about all of that later. Anyways, maintenance mode is a setting you can turn on to let viewers know things are being changed/updated. There’s […]

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Web Development WordPress

Thumbnails in WPFolio Two

I recently added 270x270px gallery and post thumbnails to WPFolio Two. They look damn nice in columns of three in the portfolio categories. While working on this, I found that WP’s thumbnail/image attachment functions are not so well documented, so I wanted to be sure to share what I figured out. Here I’ll go over […]

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Findings

pgh art/tech/hacker community

I’ve officially relocated from Boston to Pittsburgh and have researched the active artist/tech/hacker community here. OMG!PGH and Pittsburgh Art + Technology are excellent resources for local art & tech happenings, and below are a few great IRL things I hope to be involved in/investigate further: assemble “…a community space for art & technology” in the […]

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Responsive web design – SMFA freelance project

Working on a freelance project for an exhibition of SMFA students’ artists’ books in Turkey entitled Textual Image/Visual Text. The site includes a splash page with some basic jQuery fades and effects and pages for each artist/work. Here are the mockups: I’m using this project as an opportunity to learn responsive web design using the […]

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Findings

mozilla firefox ‘Mark Up’

So, the other day Firefox reinstalled itself for reasons unknown. But that’s okay! Because I found out about this cool thing called ‘Mark Up’ and ‘Mozilla’s Web O'(pen) Wonder’ (a gallery of awesome HTML5 and WebGL creations). There’s a link to all of this on the default Mozilla search home page (in Firefox, go to […]