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Code Watch: Flexbox

8 Apr 2016

Code Watch: Flexbox

Flexbox is the answer to so many frontend developers nightly prayers. It helps with column-based layouts and has a few more tricks up its sleeve. You won't believe the part about content-ordering!

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Haml - A Change of Heart

7 May 2015

It was a couple of years ago when I was introduced to Haml. I believe my first time working with it was on an inherited project. The markup was very unfamiliar and a bit of a pain. Why would anyone want to abstract out HTML when you could just write it normally? It initially seemed like a needless, intermediary step.

I did recognize some of it's benefits. For example, it is nice to not have to worry about closing tags and the amount of typing it could save was pretty obvious. However, the indentation and other quirks seemed like a little too much to put up with.

So I went about my day, turning my nose up at the mention of Haml. Too cool for school, right?

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Fresh URL - Rid the internet the scourge of the tracking code

27 Feb 2014

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Get Your Photo on Google Results with Google Authorship

14 Aug 2013

I know you have seen it. You are searching for a hack to make IE behave itself and you come across search results with someone’s smiling mug right there next to the link. If you are like me, you are more likely to click these results instead of the boring, all-text results. Something about seeing the author’s face right next to their link inspires an added air of credibility and expertise. Pretty good deal for those people.

Image of search results with my photo next to them

So, now you are thinking, how can I get my photo up on my Google search results? Well, let me explain.

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Article  |  Strategy

The Wonderful World of Adwords

23 Jul 2013

I was lucky enough to be put in charge of our Adwords account earlier this year. I was a newcomer to the world of online advertising, but I was eager to learn more. I didn’t expect to find such a deep, intricate maze of data, clicks, bidding, etc. It was enough to make my head spin. I can see how there can be jobs where your only task is to manage Adwords campaigns. This is some complicated shit. Let’s take a look at what goes into an Adwords campaign.

Google Adwords

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Can I Use the first-child pseudo-element in IE8?

3 Apr 2013

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McMenamins Gets Mobile

14 Nov 2012

We started working with McMenamins earlier this year. McMenamins is a unique client in that most of its locations are of historic significance. They buy old, historic buildings and keep all of their unique history intact while converting parts of them to a theater or restaurant or bar or all three. They have more than 50 locations all over the Pacific Northwest. They needed a mobile site that would showcase what all their locations had to offer in terms of food, drink, movies, events, etc. For example, if you were looking for a location with a movie theater, a soaking pool and bike racks that is within 5 miles of your current location, you are in luck. Their new location search page will let you define your criteria to find that information. Whether or not you can actually sit in a soaking pool while watching a movie after locking up your bike isn’t guaranteed.

Fast forward to the present where we have launched McMenamins new mobile site that was designed by R/West, a local design shop, and implemented by your good friends at Planet Argon. It has been a fun and challenging journey for sure.

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Don't Let Momentum Define Your Career

1 Nov 2012

I started my career way back in the year 1996, fresh out of college with a Bachelor’s Degree in graphic design. I had spent the past four or so years learning the tools of the trade. Some of these tools were a bit older than others. Computers were starting to come on the scene in desktop publishing in a big way. So, interspersed in my curriculum were classes that represented the old and the new. In one class I might have been hand-lettering the alphabet with brushes and paint while in the other I might have been laying out a magazine-style article with copy and images on a Mac. It was quite the transitional period. However, no matter the technique I was using, be it old or new, the basis for everything was design. I was going to school for graphic design so I fancied myself a designer. It just so happened that design work was now accomplished with a keyboard and a mouse.

Photo by John Altdorfer

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iPad Prototype

24 Jul 2012

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Tizen Developer Conference

11 May 2012

Tizen is a new mobile software platform that is part of the Linux Foundation and runs HTML5 based apps. They held a developer conference down in San Francisco. I flew down to find out more information about this new operating system.

Tizen Developer Conference Stage

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Transition to Mobile

12 Apr 2012

With all of the talk about mobile best practices, some are neglecting to factor in the reality of existing sites and existing budgets. Just because you don’t have the time or money to completely revamp your site for a mobile audience doesn’t mean you shouldn’t consider a mobile strategy. A separate mobile-version of your website might be the perfect first step.

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