Steve Finneral

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.

Developer

My strengths are working with HTML, CSS and Javascript, but I can also build sites in PHP, Wordpress, Python and Django. Right now I am most excited about building responsive sites and using CSS extensions like SASS. I recently built a site utilizing both technologies and it was a real game changer for me. Here are a few reasons why I think SASS is so great:

  1. No more browser vendor prefixes. You are able to use all the fancy new CSS3 features and only write one line of code.
  2. Variables. It's amazing how convenient they are when it comes to color, fonts, consistent padding or basically anything.
  3. 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.

Designer

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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