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January 25, 2013

The interview series has been going pretty well, but we're going to go a little "bass ackwards" with the theme. The last 3 weeks we covered some really great photographers and videographers. Next week, we'll be taking a peak at another photographer as well, but we're going to take a brief intermission and check in with a talented Orlando-area front-end developer, TJ Rogers. (Yes that sentence was long and had a lot of punctuation.)

TJ has been my best and closest friend for nearly a decade and a half. He was the best man at my wedding and just so happens to work with me at FliteHaus, here in Orlando. Despite all that, you wouldn't believe how hard it was to convince him to answer a few questions for me! ;)

Take a look at what TJ had to say about being a front-end developer.

January 22, 2013

Simply stated, skeumorphism is the art of making your digital life closely resemble items from your physical life. Examples might include taking a leather texture and setting it as the background of a book cover design or choosing a handwriting font for a to-do list application.

The most famously pro-skeumorphic brand is Apple. One look at the Notes app and you'll see that each note has a yellow, lined paper background, meant to look like a legal pad. The Calendar app on the Mac has a leather texture and the iOS Podcasts app is designed to look like a full-blown turntable.

Regardless of the debate, however, skeumorphism as a concept can ever fully go away.

January 18, 2013

After two weeks of photography, we're going to break off for some moving image work. This week I want to take a look inside the world of motion design with a great person and magnificent video producer, Marcus Rhoads.

I've known Marcus now for several years and enjoy getting together to chat photo, video, design, God, and just life in general. You won't find a more genuine friend or hard worker than Marcus.

Let's see what he had to say about motion design and being a video producer for a megachurch in Orlando.

January 12, 2013

While I'm a Drupal advocate for sites that require a content management system, I recognize that WordPress still holds the crown for most popular CMS. Through talking to others that work exclusively with WordPress, I've come across some of WordPress's most popular modules.

I know this list isn't going to convert WordPress developers to Drupal (or vice versa hopefully), but I just thought it might be interesting to take a look at some of the similar modules. This isn't, by any stretch of the imagination, a comprehensive list, just a quick recap of some of the most popular WordPress plugins and their Drupal module counterparts.

January 11, 2013

Last week, we shifted our focus to photography by talking to a great, up-and-coming photographer, Steve Noto. This week, we're going to keep diving into photography with another phenomenal freelance photographer, Maria Ippolito. I met Maria in 2005 when we began working together at an apartment community in Orlando, FL. She had already jumped head-first into photography - film and digital - and was constantly impressing me with the beautiful shots she captured.

While photography isn't her day job, it certainly could - maybe should - be. This talented photographer has captured some great moments and in this interview we'll discover what inspires her to lock in on stunning moment after stunning moment.

Did I mention she also shot my wedding in 2007? Let's take a look into what makes Maria such a photography genius.

January 7, 2013

Spam is one of the worst by-products of the digital age. If it's not bad enough that we are hit with advertisements 24/7, we also have to get some kind of sales pitch in our inboxes as well. Each morning, I wake up and have to delete at least half of all my new emails, just to save my own sanity.

Most developers have long since done away with showing email addresses on public-facing sites, but site visitors still need a way to easily contact a company. Enter the web form. I challenge you to find a contact page that doesn't have a form on it. I'm not saying it shouldn't, but we now have to make sure that spam is appropriately handled.

January 4, 2013

As the series of interviews continues, we'll shift our focus to photography. I absolutely love photography and - as a bit of a hobby - love to go out and shoot whatever I can. By interviewing a couple of great photographers, I want to get an idea of what it takes to make photography your profession.

This interview with an Urban Planner by day and Freelance Photographer by, well, day or night, Steve Noto. Steve is from the Orlando, FL area (Sanford to be exact) and started working as a photographer earlier this year. Steve and I met almost 10 years ago when we both worked in Melbourne, FL. I wanted to find out from him what it took to branch out on his own and become a successful photographer in such a short period of time.

December 31, 2012

As all things must come to end, so has 2012 come and gone. It's been an amazing year, but I am looking forward to what 2013 has in store for me and my family.

These year-end review posts are a dime a dozen, so I won't spend too much time on it. But I do want to be able to look back at the end of 2013 and reflect on where I started and how I fared on achieving the goals I set out to accomplish.

December 28, 2012

Photography has become a bit of a hobby for me. While I certainly don't claim to be a professional photographer, I want to be able to showcase some of my "accomplishments" on this blog.

If you're a web design or development person, don't worry. This won't be turning into a photography blog anytime soon. If you are a photography person, check back every so often to see some of my newest photos. And, make sure you tune in to a couple upcoming interviews I'll be posting from some professional photographers!

The Free NC Texture Pack - To kick off my ventures in photography, I'm offering this pack of textures absolutely FREE! Over the Christmas break, I traveled to North Carolina (hence the "NC") with a rental Nikon 18-300mm lens. These textures are a sampling of what I captured over my 4-day vacation.

Download the Entire Pack (18 high res. images - 225mb - .zip)

December 28, 2012

In this series of interviews, I want to give you a glimpse into the professional lives of some wonderful creative professionals.

The interview series continues with another Illustrator from the Orlando, FL area: Patrick A. Towers. I met Pat at the University of Central Florida and wanted to pick his brain about what it means to be a freelance Illustrator.

With no further ado, read Patrick's interview.

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