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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.

December 21, 2012

To try and move away from the perception that I live on this design island, I decided it would be beneficial to pick the brains of some great creative professionals. This series will not solely focus on web design/development, but I think there's more than just a little bit to be learned from the way other great photographers, illustrators, or crafters go about their daily work.

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

First up, Jennie Bottone. I've known Jennie for nearly 7 years and she is a fantastic illustrator. She currently designs for educational games and has dabbled in web as well.

December 17, 2012

IFTTT (IfThisThenThat) lets you create, what it calls, recipes that perform a specific action if a trigger is fired. For example, I get an email whenever my wife posts a new photo on Instagram. This way I can keep an eye on all the photos she's posting of our precious little girl.

If you're not familiar with IFTTT, you have to give it a shot. It takes seconds to set up a "recipe" and start letting the internet automate some of the tasks that you spend so much time doing now! You'll need to link a few accounts to start (Facebook, Twitter, Dropbox, etc), but once that's done, you'll be creating triggers and actions quickly!

In this article, we'll take a look at some of my favorite ways to save hours of time by taking myself out of the equation.

December 14, 2012

I've been a Vimeo user for several years, and a Vimeo Plus member for the last two. At FliteHaus, we have a Pro account as well to better serve our clients with video content online. The quick and simple reasons are this: great quality, broad device support, top-notch security, and video player customization.

Let's explore these more in-depth, one by one.

December 7, 2012

One of the greatest things about Drupal is the ease at which you can create different types of content - aptly named "content types". The one area that we, as a company, had to iron out - and have been perfecting over the last few years - is the assignment of permissions for these content types. Anyone who has seen the Drupal permissions page knows it is a nightmare of checkboxes that must be precisely managed. While we - the core admins of the site - need to have full control over all aspects of the content, we also need to lock down certain areas that clients need to stay out of.

After deliberating over how to structure our roles and permissions, we've solidly decided on a system of creating roles based on content types. For any given site we might have a "page admin", "blog admin", "gallery admin" and so on. In addition, we can also have roles like "blog author" that may add/edit/delete their own content, but not all blog content site-wide.

December 4, 2012

CSS-only ribbons are a popular effect. Sometimes you need a triangle that will make it look as though your element is wrapping in from the left, sometimes the right, and sometimes both. Below are a few snippets to help quickly create these little triangles to create the ribbon effect you desire.

We will be using the :before and :after pseudo-elements to achieve this effect, so you will be limited to 2 triangles per element. Pseudo-element browser support for these is as follows: IE8+, Firefox, Chrome, Safari, Opera.

December 3, 2012

Let's face it, we only type a password correctly about 50% of the time. And when you hit that wrong letter, you erase the entire password and start over. If you're a fan of XKCD's method for creating secure passwords, that's a lot of letters to erase to start over!

So why not make the password visible by default? When's the last time someone was creeping over your shoulder to see your password? What if we create an option to hide the letters still if someone is nearby? Let's do that with some simple jQuery!

November 30, 2012

It's December. I can't believe it's here already, but it is. And with December comes holiday celebration.

I haven't done this in the past, but I wanted to start giving away some freebies on this site. Since Christmas puts me in the giving spirit, I figured I'd start now by offering some holiday cheer for your desktop. These wallpapers are sure to get you pumped for Christmas and offer a built in calendar to boot!

Each wallpaper comes in 2560x1440, 1920x1080, 1680x1050, and 1280x768. Yes, they are all widescreen format, but will surely still look nice should you have a standard monitor.

November 15, 2012

When you develop websites for a living, it's inevitable that you write the same lines of code over and over. While the goal for some of these repititions might be to create a generic stylesheet (a reset) or create a plugin for javascript code, sometimes it's just not enough code to need to create a whole system for. It is, however, enough code that not having to write it each time would save you hours of time over the long run.

Enter TextExpander. (Or any other text expansion software. This just happens to be my favorite.)

TextExpander is one of many text expansion softwares available for developers and everyday computer users alike. Text expansion is basically the ability to set up shortened snippets of text that automatically convert to long lines of text. For example, I could set up a snippet that would tell the computer to type out my full name - Marcus Dustin Burnette - whenever I type my initials - "MDB".

November 7, 2012

I recently came across this talk on a relatively new site called BeSquare where you can watch primarily web development focused conference talks. I've watched a few so far, but this one stood out from the rest. Full disclosure though, they've all been pretty good, so I might talk about a few more in the future.

The talk I watched was by Ryan Carson - CEO of Treehouse - and he talks about a lot of things, hence the title. The segments of the video that fascinated me though - as a young, business-concious developer - are the business aspects of how he runs Treehouse. I've embedded the video here, but included some notes of my own after the video.

Note: It's an hour and a half long, but worth every second for anyone looking to learn about how to run a successful business.

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