Monthly Archives: December 2011

Clearing up my weekly tabs

I’m usually pretty busy at work so interesting articles, essays, links sit in two different browsers all week waiting for me to finally get around to reading them. Sometimes I don’t get time or I have a lot of interesting links to share and that is when you get one of these updates.

Random Stuff

I’m still torn on if I’m going to attend Calgary Comic Expo. If I do decide to, tickets are on sale here.

Creative Stuff

Fluevog is opening a shoe museum in Calgary, ABThose of you who know me from my LiveJournal or Twitter know how much I adore Fluevog shoes! When I was in NYC/MD for 10 days with only a carry-on bag I still managed to buy not only a pair of Radio CBCs at the NYC Fluevog store but also a pair of knee-high boots! Both pairs were transported in my carry-on bag back to Canada. I have to visit this museum!

A Batman-themed album by Maiden Names was brought to my attention by Ming Doyle.

Inspiration vs. ImitationVery good essay about the difference between being inspired by someone’s work and imitating someone’s work. Excellent advice for anyone new to their craft.

dribbble.comI’ve been browsing this site purely for the enjoyment I get out of seeing people’s designs.

AudacityJust dropping this here for later. I’ve been recording myself reading stories and having a blast with it but I need some sort of audio editing software.

Webby Stuff

Sisyphus.js is a jQuery plugin that uses local storage to prevent your work [on a form] from being lost.  - I haven’t had a chance to test this out yet but it looks interesting.

Wordless for WordPress :

Wordless is an opinionated WordPress plugin that dramatically speeds up and enhances your custom themes creation. Some of its features are:

  • A structured, organized and clean theme organization (taken directly from Rails);
  • The ability to create a new theme skeleton directly within the WordPress backend interface;
  • The ability to write PHP code using the beautiful Haml templating system;
  • The ability to write CSS stylesheets using the awesome Sass syntax and the Compass framework;
  • The ability to write Javascript logic in Coffeescript;
  • A growing set of handy and documented helper functions ready to be used within your views;

Responsive Web Design in 3 easy stepsSimple breakdown

How to Design a Mobile Responsive SiteI liked that this article mentioned considering how using different devices may mean different goals users have when visiting your Web site. If I had a restaurant site I’d consider a user accessing it with a cell phone would most likely be looking for contact info, location, maybe to book a table, or to see a menu; they likely wouldn’t care about the ‘About Us’ section very much. Food for thought.

Responsive site design test page - I don’t know Matt Kersley but I like this page just to give me a quick and dirty way of seeing how responsive a site is.

Content Strategy Within the Design ProcessContent is the #1 reason, in my experience, why site launches get delayed. I would love to work in a 3-man team: Content manager, designer, and developer with myself in the developer role.