Posts Tagged "web design"

The Great Portfolio Redesign of 2013

I haven’t redesigned my portfolio site in ages. It’s undergone minor “realigns” in past years, but this time I started from scratch. I give you the new Blue Sphere Studios!

Blue Sphere Studios
This redesign features a layout that changes to adapt to whatever device it’s viewed on.

All the buzzwords are in there: HTML5, CSS3, and most importantly, responsive. With mobile becoming more and more of a factor for the web these days, responsive design the skill to have right now. That is, doing away with specific mobile versions of websites and developing one website that actively “responds” to the device form factor, be it a desktop with a 30-inch monitor, tablet, or the smallest of smartphones.

Responsive design was just starting to show on websites around the time of the 2011 An Event Apart Conference, but the following year at the same conference, it was all about mobile, and responsive design took center-stage.

Next to the slow but rewarding change from websites with table-layouts to the css-based design, responsive design is the biggest change in thinking for web designers. Mobile-viewing is growing and continues to grow exponentially, while the desktop experience grow has slowed, and your next website redesign must have a responsive design or you are leaving a big part of your audience with a less than happy experience on your website.

A responsive design makes a difference!
A non-reponsive website (left) will leave your mobile users squinting or zooming in and out, while a responsive design (right) changes the layout on the fly for a better mobile experience.

So check out the new Blue Sphere Studios website and let me know what you think!

CityTeam.org Redesign

I’m happy to say that after a year of off and on work with the excellent team at the non-profit, CityTeam Ministries, we’ve launched a long-overdue redesign of the CityTeam website!

CityTeam.org redesign

CityTeam Ministries was my first web design job out of college, so I was happy to work with them again. You can see a brief history of their website designs on my post I wrote when I left CityTeam back in 2005.

Congratulations to CityTeam and the marketing team on the launch of their new website!

An Event Apart in San Francisco

An Event Apart
A sea of fellow coders and their Macs
photo by kris krüg

I was fortunate enough to attend this year’s An Event Apart web conference at The Palace Hotel in San Francisco for the last two days. It was a fun two days of web design and development goodness! With big names in the web development community such as Jeff Zeldman, Eric Meyer (with whom I got to have lunch with the first day), Jonathan Snook, and Dave Shea, to name a few…I was in awe. These are the pioneers of the web standards movement–guys whose books and articles on the web made it possible for me to be where I am in my career today.

The sessions were a good variety of talks, ranging from high-level looks at what is happening in design right now, to nitty-gritty, head-spinning code. Not surprisingly, jQuery, a Javascript library that I loved from the first time I used it, took center stage at this conference, with every speaker mentioning, evangelizing, and even using jQuery in their demos. Yes, with jQuery, you too, designer-guy, can write javascript!

I loved how Twitter was used there too. AEA set up a live feed page where any Twitter updates with hash tags such as #aea or #aeasf were automatically added. I could see what others in the ballroom were thinking in real-time as the speakers gave their talks. Unfortunately, the only time I updated my Twitter was when I disagreed with Nicole Sullivan’s frowning on location-based CSS:

AEA Live Feed

With the ever-changing nature of the web, it’s vital for web professionals to be able to take time out of the grind of their work and see what others are doing, and what is coming. I came out of the last session more energized about my work and what I do than I have felt in a long time, and already eagerly waiting to go again next year!

Um, Apologies to my Twitter and Facebook friends who were bombarded with geeky web speak for the past two weeks!

Some of the few pictures that I took.