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CSS Animation Tutorial: How I created the live with coal homepage CSS entrance animation

It has been a while since I've shown my work, so to speak, so I thought I'd document the CSS entrance animation for my June 2019 homepage. You can read additional details about the redesign here, or just jump to the codepen example of the CSS entrance animation. Without further ado, here's the breakdown. HTML […]

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Live With Coal, Plan For A Diamond - The Redesign

If you're reading this in June 2019, you're looking at a new redesign of my website. To celebrate 20 years of being a web designer/developer (yes, I started when I was 16 years old, crafting HTML templates and designing video game mod sites), I opted to pursue a theme contrasting the previous, ego. If you […]

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A celebration of pride, and what it means to me.

It is pride month, and I can't be happier.. And more sad. I was born in June, and sharing my birth month with father's day, as well as the first day of summer, kinda bummed me out. I'm not here to talk about the reasonings there, though. I'm here to talk about what pride means […]

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How often should you redesign your website as a web designer? Often.

Come tomorrow, I will have been a web designer for 20 years (estimated - I believe I started in June, but it has obviously been a long time). That's a lot of years in an industry that changes constantly, and frequently, wildly. How do you keep up with the changes in the web design & […]

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Job Hunting & Rejection Letters

I've been applying to jobs for a couple months now. Since I left Quincy Media, putting through job applications has been like tossing pennies into a wishing well; I've typically been applying for remote work positions, as I am not ready to move again at this time, and the competition is fierce. In round 1 […]

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Building A Resume Web App: Part 1

Job hunting as a web designer & developer can be a challenge, especially when you've got a long history in the field. I've always been taught to keep my resume short and to the point; Getting too deep can make potential employers gloss over everything, rather than absorb the critical information. As well, ensuring it […]

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How much does a website cost? A breakdown

I see and hear it all the time. "Why should I pay that much?" "A website shouldn't cost XXXX!" "I can just do it myself and save costs that way!" Today, I'd like to share with you just what it costs to build, host, and maintain a website. I'll focus on 2 approaches: The first […]

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Determining years of experience when applying for jobs

I recently started the hunt for a new job, and a common question that comes up is "How many years of experience do you have in X?" The answer, for me, is relatively easy, but determining your years of experience when applying for jobs may not be as simple for some. If you're like me, […]

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Learning React From Tutorials

I've finally taken a break from other projects to start working on learning React.js; I've gone through courses on LinkedIn Learning, and read a number of articles about it, but had yet to actually code something in React. This time, I decided to get my feet wet by learning react from a tutorial. The tutorial […]

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Creating a slider using jQuery and WP-REST API

While working on the NerfedGamer.news website, I decided to create my own slider using jQuery and WP-REST API. I despise nearly all the freebie post-slider plugins. They are overengineered to a large degree to meet a wide swatch of users, and this increases load time as well as creates additional points of failure. Why utilize […]

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