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Announcing jeff woodman dot com

Posted: 03/23/2014 02:44 PM | permaLink

Tags: web-design personal,

Hello, World!

Today marks a milestone, as I publish my first log entry on my new public website – To be correct, the website is not officially “live” yet. I still need to perform a number of tweaks and optimizations to the current design – but I’m very happy with the overall theme.

I’ve maintained some form of personal website since the late nineties. I do this purely for the love of internet tech, and have used my personal sites to make any money. In 2005, I created my first personal domain, Around this time, I was heavily into web standards and web 2.0, and wanted to cut my teeth with object-oriented programming techniques. I found designing and building the site and its related applications to be highly educational and valuable.

Nine years later, is still online.  :-(  I’m honestly going to be a little sad when it finally goes dark, but nothing on the ‘net ever really dies…

- Jeff Woodman – SFNM|USA

Developer in Isolation Seeks Brain Candy

Posted: 03/04/2008 06:59 PM | permaLink | Comment on this entry!

Tags: development web-design inspiration

I turn 31 tomorrow! Another year gone by - and I'm still just a big kid. When will I finally grow up? Never, hopefully. I took the day off and the party begins TONIGHT.

In Need of Variety

My current job consists almost entirely of programming. I actually picked this job specifically because it would allow me to focus on development - whereas in my previous job, my duties included graphic design, web design, ASP coding, Flash and ActionScript, server administration and database administration a sh**load of stuff.

I primarily design web applications for our intranet, which allows me to play with UI design a bit, but let's face it: you have to rein in your creative instincts quite a bit in the context of a corporate intranet. While this focused environment has allowed me to improve my development skills, I find myself jonesing once again for creative web design.

For the past two weeks or so, I've been dedicating some time to trolling the various CSS / web design galleries and web designer sites; I needed to crawl out of my digital coffin, put my ear to the ground, and get back in touch with the design community. Mind you, I am NOT a professional web designer. My designs don't come close to those produced by artists with real talent and skills to back it up. Even so, the process of web design is a lot of fun for me, and it's a great way to shift gears after writing volumes of code at work. I also like to promote CSS-based design and the use of W3C standards - two concepts that have the potential to make life easier for web designers and developers alike.

One of the first questions I had as I ventured into the wild was: What new and exciting things are designers doing these days?

Some answers:

Misdirected Energy

My biggest flash of inspiration came from this article at A List Apart (WTF!?!?!? There's a Web 3.0?? I'm not used to Web 2.0 yet!!!) Zeldman makes mention of Pareto's 80/20 principle in relation to web design; specifically remarking on the success of developers who, eschewing complex development methodologies and overblown, complex application designs, instead focused on creating elegant, easy-to-use, feature-rich applications that people find fun and enjoyable to use. There is much wisdom is this...

In the process of designing the current incarnation of my weblog utility for this site, I put way too much focus on the architecure, the "under the hood" stuff that users never see. I've got pluggable data sources, via the Provider model. I'm using XML serialization to generate RSS feeds. I'm patching in to the HTTP pipline to rewrite URLs. I've got a litany of business objects that my application uses. Abstract this, interface that. Ad nauseum.

I ended up with a weblogger that is useable, even over-powered, but it's feature-poor and doesn't encourage community involvement. I focused my energy on the 80% of the work that didn't matter as much. (Is this starting to sound like a future re-write project? I think it is.) A case of not seeing the forest through the trees, perhaps.

Seaweed Snacks / New Design Forthcoming

Posted: 07/11/2006 01:22 AM | permaLink

Tags: web-design jthm

Many thanks to Claudia for the awesome gift box containing seaweed snacks, JTHM director's cut!!! SO COOL!, and old-school science fiction!

(Note: DO NOT go to looking for the official Johnny the Homicidal Maniac website. Try instead.)

Lately, I'm bored with my current design (Dunno if you noticed, but I changed out the background graphic completely today), so I've decided that I'm going to re-design this website to look like a punk rock band poster. So don't be surprised if you come back one day and a chaotic mess appears on-screen.

Speaking of chaotic, I've got a really busy couple of weeks ahead. So, don't think I'm dead if you don't hear from me until August!

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