Business

Dear Google, you should make a Chromecast for music

Dear Google, I’ve been meaning to write you for a long time. You see, every now and then I have ideas for things you should make, or maybe ways to make existing things better. Sometimes, you actually surprise me by making something that I’ve been thinking about for a long time. When this happens, like…

Musings

How I learned to stop worrying and love the bomb blog.

I’m normally not one for new years resolutions. I usually have my head so far down through the busy month of December that by the time the new year rolls around, I’m just happy to catch a breath before it starts all over again. Still, the new year happens to be a good time for…

Code

 /  HTML & CSS Basics Series

All about relative and absolute links

Links are the building block of the internet—allowing everything to connect: all the pages on your website, your website to another website, a search engine to your site. They’re easy to make, but there are a few different types that you should know about that work slightly differently. Regardless of the type, links, when clicked,…

Business

Living their brand promise: Outdoor Research

I spend lots of time thinking about brands—I’ve been hired by all types of organizations to help clarify exactly what their “brand” is, usually to kick off an identity design project or as part of a larger strategic planning or marketing exercise. It’s always relatively easy to illustrate to everyone in the room—from the CEO to…

Code

 /  HTML & CSS Basics Series

Basic styling with CSS: class vs. id (and anchor links)

In the last tutorial we created three simple HTML pages and linked them together, creating the (very basic) foundation for our soon-to-be awesome website. That foundation doesn’t look very good though—so in this tutorial we’re going to dress it up a bit. Before we can start coding our layouts, it’s useful to understand some basic…

Code

 /  HTML & CSS Basics Series

HTML & CSS: how they work together

This post builds off the previous tutorial What exactly is a website? An HTML overview in the Web Development Basics Series. You’ll need to grab the code from the previous post to follow along with the steps below. After completing the prior tutorial, we should have our first HTML file all ready to go. Now we want to start…

Updates

My laptop featured on FastCo.Labs…

Hehe. My laptop is on today’s FastCo.Labs “Sticker Styling: 14 Laptop Covers from Tech Innovators” right up there with Matt Mullenweg. Does this mean I’m an official “tech innovator”? The article says: “Ranging from cluttered, seemingly random piles of logos to minimalist, playful twists on the Apple laptop glow, the photos speak volumes about the…

Updates

Byways site awarded ‘Web Pick of the Week’ by Communication Arts

I got a nice surprise in my inbox a few weeks back—an email from Communication Arts letting me know that they had chosen the Western Massachusetts Scenic Byways site as their “Web pick of the week”. Their interview captured some of my design intent nicely: “I hope visitors almost lose track of time as they…

Updates

Public radio interview about Byways site

I was recently interviewed by Jim Levulis of WAMC Northeast Public Radio about my designs for the Western Massachusetts Scenic Byways site. You can read an excerpt and listen to the broadcast here. Here’s an excerpt talking about the site design and functionality: “A major part of the marketing campaign involves a new website loaded…