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January 8, 2014

List items are one of those things that look the same in a browser, Word document, email, or anywhere else. Fortunately, we have CSS to help us make these lists a bit more exciting on the web! While there are many ways to style list items, we're going to look at a way of adding an icon from the FontAwesome icon library using only CSS and pseudo-elements.

January 5, 2014

It's the start of a new year and that means it's the formation of new goals.

Last year was huge - personally and professionally - but I'm already looking forward. Here are just a few of my resolutions, if you will, for 2014.

December 12, 2013

Sometimes, you may need to control a Vimeo video through separate HTML buttons. Sometimes you might want the video playback to determine other actions on the page. The Vimeo Javascript API allows for both of these situations.

October 13, 2013

I love web design and frontend development. Ask anyone close to me and they'll attest to the amount of time I spend reading about design and development, talking about it, and attending meetups. They might even tell you I'm pretty good at it.

July 17, 2013

One of our long-time clients at FliteHaus is getting a responsive makeover. While the brand and overall look will remain similar, I designed a new home page with the considerations required when building a responsive website.

July 3, 2013

As a designer turning developer, I am most comfortable with tools that provide a sleek UI for actions usually reserved for the command line inclined.

While there are other great tools out there that fit the bill (Tower, for example), GitHub for Mac is free and does exactly what it needs to do: interface with GitHub and my repositories.

Let's get right to it and see how we can set up a new project locally using GitHub for Mac.

July 3, 2013

That's right, I'm going for it.

It's been a long time coming and I feel like I'm already behind the times, so I'm pulling the proverbial trigger. I listen to tons of development podcasts each week and read dozens of articles about the web. The development community has fully embraced the git workflow - typically with the help of GitHub - and SASS development for CSS writing. Follow along with me as I describe how this web designer is putting these new front-end dev practices into action.

June 4, 2013

My last article, Core Values as a Web Developer, has recieved a lot of traffic since I published it over a month ago. For those that may not already know, my second daughter was recently born, so that is also why it has been a month since I've written a new article.

All that aside, it seems as if sharing who I am as a developer has helped many people. In that same spirit, I have decided to write about a few more things that make me the web developer that I am: my iPhone, the hardware and software that I use, and the services I am subscribed to.

April 24, 2013

We are currently in the process of redesigning our website at FliteHaus. That's probably a bit of a generalization because, along with a redesign, we are reworking the site architecture, modernizing our workflow, and confirming our business philosophies. It's the last one that's got me thinking today. I love the idea of doing a "status check" on my beliefs as a professional in the web industry.

While my philosophies coincide with those of FliteHaus, in general, I wanted to post a not-so-all-inclusive list of what I believe as a professional in this industry. These are in no particular order and there are, inevitably, places where my personal philosophies bleed into my professional ones. Here we go.

April 18, 2013

If you're subscribed to the RSS feed or happened to see the site over the last two days, you'll likely have noticed a post about getting larger comping images for iStock. The point being this: it's easier to sell iStock's photos to clients when they can properly envision what the image might look like on, say, a 40-foot billboard.

Apparently, iStock noticed. (I'm flattered, by the way.) Earlier today I got a relatively friendly email from an iStock representative asking me to kindly remove the post and jQuery bookmarklet. It claimed that I was providing a tool to "allow viewers of the iStockphoto website to capture large sized, high resolution images" that were unavailable from iStock directly. (While this is partially true, these images are not "high resolution", just higher than the original comping image and still watermarked.)

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