Journal

The Future

Filed in Personal

Today is my last day at Chartbeat. The future holds something that I've wanted to do for as long as I can remember — start my own company. As fate would have it, a buddy that I met at Chartbeat became my co-founder (sorry, Tony!). We're building a product company called Flek where we're going to do what we do best — make awesome stuff. We have big dreams and we're going to do it in an uncommon way in this industry — we're going to be sustainable. Will it work? I have no idea. All I know is that it's time to be hungry. It's time to be foolish. It's time to make.

Replacement Chrome Extension Icons

Filed in Design

I hate things that don't match. In this case, I hate Chrome's extension icons that are random sets of colors and styles. I decided to make replacement icons for the extensions that I love so that they'll all match and blend into the Chrome UI.

Today

Filed in Thoughts

Today is the first day of 2013. A day when almost every person that I know is thinking about the changes that they're going to make in their life. I've never been fond of arbitrary markers in time. Birthdays, anniversaries, even holidays - they all seem strange to me and I've never been one to get excited and celebrate them.

Mubarak and the 2011 Egyptian Revolution

Filed in Design

The events in late January and early February of 2011 in Egypt were intense to say the least. The people of Egypt started an uprising on January 25, 2011 which featured various demonstrations, labor strikes and violent disputes between protestors and supporters of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak's regime. After 18 days of protests, Mubarak eventually stepped down. After the events in Egypt were over, and Mubarak had finally stepped down, I decided to visualize (using HTML5, CSS 3, and Javascript) Al Jazeera's traffic with key events over the past 18 days to see how specific events affected their traffic.

Customize Bash

Filed in Code

If you're anything other than a beginning web developer, chances are that you use a command line. I'm a big Apple fan and I don't even own a Windows machine anymore. That being said, I spend a lot of time in Terminal using SVN and especially if you develop in Ruby on Rails. In this post, I'd like to share a little trick that I learned on how to make Terminal easier on the eyes. It's a simple process that has some nice results.

Hover Zoom Effect with jQuery and CSS

Filed in Code

Recently I've been prototyping some interactive thumbnail effects for various projects. I'd like to share one of the effects with you and how I built it. It's a nice looking effect that I'm calling "hover zoom" because it's pretty self explanatory. I've seen similar effects to this one on a few sites here and there, and they were always built in Flash. I wanted a CSS and Javascript solution so I whipped up the Hover Zoom effect.

Lessons Learned

Filed in Thoughts

Web design and development is an ever evolving profession that is quite different than it was just a few years ago. It is a continually improving field and the competition is constantly growing more intense. If you want to stay with the best, you must improve your own skills. One exercise that I do every so often is to look back on my previous work and designs. I want to share with you some of my thoughts and lessons that I have learned in this exercise. Some of the lessons I'm about to share with you can be abstracted into life lessons and more than just development or design lessons.

Pure CSS Timeline

Filed in Code

I wanted to build a CSS timeline for the “About” section of my site while using some clean and simple markup. I wanted to avoid using images as much as possible, so I spent a few minutes prototyping some options and came up with a solution using unordered lists. The result is a simple and clean looking timeline with some very straight forward markup. In this article I'll share my approach to creating a timeline out of CSS and HTML which results in a nice looking, simple timeline.

Introducing iPhone as Art

Filed in Personal

I have recently purchased a new iPhone 3G S and I'm hooked. I'm not sure why I haven't made the plunge in earlier, oh wait, *cough* AT&T *cough*. I've been playing around with the iPhone SDK for a few months now, so I knew my way around the iPhone quite well. However, one feature caught me by surprise, the camera.

OS X Workflow: Vertical Highlighting

Filed in Productivity

As a web developer I spend a lot of time using a text editor, at least 6 hours a day. I know there are other developers out there who stare at the millions of pixels of letters as well as I do, so I'd like to share one of my favorite workflow tips, vertically selecting text!