I am a web designer and front-end developer living just outside of Boston, MA. I enjoy spending 50% of my time working on design and the other 50% on development. It’s very satisfying to be able to take a project from initial concept to a functional website.
- No more browser vendor prefixes. You are able to use all the fancy new CSS3 features and only write one line of code.
- Variables. It's amazing how convenient they are when it comes to color, fonts, consistent padding or basically anything.
- Reusable functions and math. It changes how you think about CSS. With SASS, CSS starts to actually resemble a programming language.
The way people access the web has changed dramatically. There are too many devices, resolutions and screen sizes to try to keep track. A website is now at a distinct disadvantage if it is not optimized to provide a good user experience on multiple devices. I welcome the challenge and effort required in creating responsive websites. I think the biggest hurdle is changing your mindset from fixed-widths to percentages. I become more comfortable with the idea with each new responsive site I build.
There seems to be a debate between designers about whether to start designing in a program like Photoshop or going straight to the browser. I take an unconventional approach and I actually incorporate both right from the get-go. Once I've got my ideas sketched out on paper, I create a wireframe in HTML. Next, I take a screen-shot and bring it into Photoshop. I then rinse and repeat a few times until eventually a website is born.
I am a huge fan of screen-printing-style art. My goal is to build my own 1-color screen printing press and start creating posters and t-shirts. I will share my masterpieces here when my dream becomes a reality.
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