My heart laid bare on the Sparkbox Foundry  

Most of my writing over the last year and a half has not occurred on this site, but rather over at the Sparkbox Foundry. My latest article was posted there yesterday and it dives into some deeper, less discussed topics covered on the Foundry. In the article I discuss several lies I have internalized and how I have dealt with them throughout my career. While I am wearing my heart on my sleeve in this article, my expectations were low to see any reaction to what I wrote. I have received a lot of encouragement and positive reception in the last 24 hours, and I am so glad this has resonated with others.

Sparkbox Foundry – &  

Easily my favorite feature of Sass is the ability to self-reference a selector by using &. My latest Sparkbox Foundry post digs into the different ways I like using this feature, complete with examples.

Sparkbox Foundry – A Bit About SVG  

SVGs are gaining more and more attention and attraction. In my latest post on the Sparkbox Foundry, I try to address some of the basics of working with SVG.

Sparkbox Foundry – Confessions of a Designer Developer  

I wrote my first article for the Sparkbox Foundry. In the article I write about my failures and misconceptions as a self-taught developer, and how I learned from these mistakes. I’ve found stories like these empowering and encouraging. Hopefully my confessions will do the same for others.

Sparkbox Bound

I’m quite excited to announce that I will be joining Sparkbox this July. Additionally, I’m sad to announce that I will no longer be a part of the Web Team at the University of Notre Dame.

Two humbling, amazing, life-changing years

It’s been over two years since I started as a web designer at Notre Dame. I still have moments of disbelief that I even got the job. At the time I interviewed I knew no one at Notre Dame, I had no connections to the South Bend area, and I hadn’t done any recognizable work. Two years later and all that has changed.

I am very pleased with the work I’ve done while at Notre Dame. We built an all-new, ground-breaking homepage for the University in just two months. We saw the necessity of Responsive Web Design and made it a foundation of our approach to website creation. We abandoned the age-old waterfall approach to design and development, and created a process with deliverables that educated our clients and made our team more efficient website makers.

It has been an absolute privilege to work with such a talented team. I leave Notre Dame humbled by the kindness of all these great people I have been honored to work with and know.

Back to Dayton

I’m very impressed with what I have seen come out of Sparkbox the last few years. The role they have taken in educating others on RWD is inspiring. I have known Ben Callahan and the folks at Sparkbox for a few years or so. Before and after starting at Notre Dame, Ben and I would get together for lunch or coffee and chat about our current projects and industry trends. Earlier this year, one of those chats lead to a conversation about working together.

On July 15, I will return to my native Dayton, Ohio to begin work as a web developer at Sparkbox. I’m very excited about this change, to say the least, and I look forward to join this team that is contributing so much to the web community.

Until then, there’s much to be done. Dayton, I’ll see you soon.