If we haven't met yet, hi! I'm Lara. Thanks for coming.
I love to write about and share my work with web technologies, as well as general life topics and creative undertakings. Hopefully you'll find something of interest, and maybe learn something new!
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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.
We’ve all got our faves, here are mine! Adobe Kuler Kuler is awesome. You can create your own color schemes from a color or an uploaded image, but the best part is the massive amount of color combos created by Kuler users. You can […]
Last week I gave a talk about my experience as a freelancer at the Per Scholas Lunch & Learn, hosted by the New York Tech Council. Per Scholas is a non-profit that provides IT training and job placement for people in low-income communities.
Last week I participated in the 2014 Startup Bus from NYC to San Antonio, then to Austin for SXSW. The Startup Bus is a 72hr hackathon where 30 people on a bus form teams and create, develop, and pitch a startup while on the bus. It was quite an experience, to say the least! I am so excited to have worked with such talented people and am looking forward to maintaining these new connections.
Style what? Style Tiles are a design deliverable consisting of fonts, colors and interface elements that communicate the essence of a visual brand for the web. – Styletil.es by Samantha Warren Here is the first iteration of a style tile for Quest to […]
No demo online yet, so a screenshot will suffice for now. I am in the process of transitioning all of my work to hourly billing and am looking for an easy way for clients to check in on my hours. I am a happy Harvest user, but it […]
I gave a presentation on Child Themes at the NYC WordPress Meet Up – I think it went well! There’s the video. Check the the slides here. (Slides created with reveal.js. Let’s take a moment to appreciate the developers on that one […]
This is for a poster for a 7th grade class’s mission called “Quest to Discover the World’s Greatest City” at Q2L. Students will measure the per capita income, crime, cost of living, and other statistics to determine the greatest city. Hmm..maybe Pittsburgh? […]
The past few weeks I have been entirely overwhelmed with inspiration and need to drop some serious shout outs:
People and Places
First and foremost, the the entire web design/dev/tech community. What an open, motivating, and supportive group of people! In particular:
Brad Frost - whose work makes me so excited to build things.
Matt Griffin's seriously fantastic articles on A List Apart
Everything on Bearded's Github
Laura Kalbag - freelance inspiration.
Destroy Today/Jonnie Hallman - gave great talk at NYC Creative Mornings.
2013 Web Design Day, thanks Jason and Val!
Rob Harr's (of Sparkbox) talk on pricing at Refresh Pittsburgh
CatapultPGH, coworking in Pittsburgh
New Work City, coworking in NYC
And so many more!
NYC is treating me well, no doubt. In addition to part-time work at the Institute of Play, I've found a real passion for teaching and a few excellent opportunities:
Front-end Web Development at General Assembly
This is a ten week course covering HTML/CSS/JS and more, similar to the one I taught this summer at the Saxifrage School. The class has 27 students and, being so large, it is a more traditional classroom format where we code together and I explain concepts as we go. Being in the front of the class, I don't get the visual/body language feedback from students like in a round table or discussion structure. It took me a class or two to get in the groove, but I think it's going really well now and is a lot of fun. Also, I've got a pretty pro profile on the GA site, so that's cool.
Website Bootcamp for Creative Professionals with Simple Labs
Started by Nate Cooper at Simple Labs, this is a two hour crash course in websites. It's perfect for creatives not necessarily looking to make websites, but to learn the lingo. Curriculum-wise, I'll hit on client-server communication, the difference between HTML/CSS/JS, mobile web, about CMSs (mainly WordPress of course), and the current relationship between design and development today.
Interested? It's at 7pm on Dec. 17th at the Centre For Social Innovation in Chelsea. 25% discount here and on Dec. 4th, come meet the developer (me!) for free (breakfast included!).
I’ve totally posted this before, but just want to reiterate how great it is. I used it in my class at General Assembly and I think it was an excellent guide for talking about what is normally a really confusing/jargon-heavy topic. via Fabulously Broke […]
UPDATE: Just use Justin Tadlock’s Cleaner Gallery plugin. I am in the midst of rewriting my WP theme WPFolio Two. I wanted to make the gallery thumbnail images a flexible width rather than their default fixed width. To do this, I gave the attachment images themselves […]
About every other day I read a blog post about a new take on CSS best practices. I think either “I’m doing right!” or, “Ohh that makes sense, I’ll change my ways”. Cargo Cult CSS is another of these posts, and resulted in an “Ahh…now I’m really confused, […]
As of the middle of September I started as the Design Assistant at Quest to Learn in New York City. My job is, well, assisting the game and learning designers at Q2L’s Mission Lab. It’s been excellent so far – I’ve gotten some fantastic insight into what goes on at […]
Recently I've been thinking about adapting common party games for the classroom. The energy and quick thinking involved in games like Charades, Celebrity, Pictionary, and Taboo would work well to help students internalize facts such as historical names and events. "Who Am I" (title will change, don't worry) is basically Charades using SMALLab to provide visual feedback and an architecture for team play. I made a very rough video of how it would work (do not judge my animation & video skills on this!):
In case you don't feel like watching it, here's an illustration and brief description:
In the above image, students have been divided into 4 teams. One student from each team has been given a character to act out such as Ben Franklin, Abraham Lincoln, etc. That students stands in the center of each quadrant. When the game begins, the center student silently acts out their character while his/her teammates guess who they are.
Some inspiring, light-hearted nostalgia for you (I just returned from a month in Europe and am not quite ready to write a substantial post). After that, maybe take a look at Jimmy Kimmel’s parody “You’re Screwed”.