Let’s Learn CSS Variables!

The usefulness of CSS variables should be fairly apparent if you’ve managed any sizable stylesheet before. If you have, you probably already know how untidy it can be at large scale. In fact, that’s one of the biggest knocks against CSS; it’s very easy for a stylesheet to balloon, making… Read More

New Site, New Theme for 2018

It’s been a goal of mine for a very long time to completely redesign my WordPress theme from scratch. Finally, that goal is a reality! The first time I built my own site, back in (I’d guess) 2013, I used Adobe Muse, which was a good fit for… Read More

Five Ways to Become a Better Designer (That Aren’t Design)

There's vast world of design learning and opportunity right in front of us constantly. All we need to do is take the time to notice it and learn from it. Read More

My Essential Tools for WordPress Development

Some of these apps, resources and tools aren't directly WordPress-related, or even necessarily development-related; some have to do with productivity or just make life a little easier. That's by design. Part of being a developer is learning to work and use your tools as efficiently and with as little wasted time and mental energy as possible. Read More

The Five Things I Wish Somebody Had Told Me as a Design Student

Your worst instructor as a design student will lay out clear goals and expectations which will not change; this is not a given with clients. Read More

WordPress Child Theme Explanation and Walkthrough

When you're just starting out with WordPress, it's easy to think that you can just open up the style.css file included with your theme and begin making alterations. And that will work—at least for a while—but it won't be a good idea… Read More

Why Designers Shouldn’t “Fix” Other Designers’ Logos

No matter how simple the end product, design is hard work. To come up with something that looks good, something somebody likes, is at best tangential to the main point. Whether the result of all of that work is something anybody likes is all but meaningless. The question is, does it succeed at meeting the project goals? And you don't know the answer to that question. Read More

8 Mistakes to Avoid in Your Student Design Portfolio

If your portfolio cost less than $20, is so large it can't fit on a small table when open, is jammed full of huge illustrations and uses Helvetica all over the place, this is something you might want to read. Read More

Profit is Not a Value

Any executive or business owner will say their company values integrity, and virtually every company claims that they reward and value their employees exhibiting their brand values. But is that really accurate? I've heard of a lot of CEOs being fired for failing to turn a profit, so where are all of the CEOs, executives and managers who lost their jobs for failing to adequately exhibit and execute the brand's core values? Read More

File Types, Compatibility and Clarity

If you're like me, you've probably spent some time wondering (and Googling) about the differences between various popular format types commonly used for graphic design applications. So I decided I'd create a resource that's hopefully a handy reference on the matter of discerning file type supports and behavior. Read More