Metro

Metro

Here it is in all its glory. phoat.com’s theme inspired by Microsoft’s Metro UI.
Consolidation

Consolidation

Reading my previous post again helped me solidify what I really want to do from here on in. My goal now is to take my design skills to the next level but to also create a complete (as complete as I can make it that is) reference for myself. So over the next few weeks I will be consolidating everything I read into a single massive index of design knowledge. You can take a peek over at the Web Design Codex. As always, I welcome questions, comments, praise and flames. Hopefully I wont confuse the hell outta myself and not learn...
Reboot

Reboot

The title says it all, however, this is not a reboot of the design of this site, but a reboot of my skills as a web designer. You see, I’ve been designing sites for a very long time and I dabbled in all the newest trends as the technology of the interwebs evolved. My knowledge is incomplete, however. The missing bits and pieces prevent me from completing the puzzle so I’m taking a step back. My goal right now is the fill in the gaps in my knowledge of web design so that I can become better at what I ultimately want to do… create beautiful websites! Problem is, I don’t really know what those missing pieces are or where to find them so I’m going back to basics. This site (or part of it… I haven’t decided yet) will be dedicated to my (re)education in designing for the web and will serve as a future reference for me and hopefully some other poor schmo in my shoes. Now the seven of you reading this might say, “There are plenty of online resources already… why reinvent the wheel?” Short answer? Because I have to if I’m going to learn anything. You see, information on the web is scattered. There is no one place to get all your info from. I’ve read hundreds of articles and posts on dozens of sites about everything from why it’s important to add the appropriate doctype to an html document to adding the latest CSS3 eyecandy to a block of text. Most of those articles were good. Some of them were great. But all...
Resolution11

Resolution11

Yes… it’s that time again. Time I make a list of all the things I want to do/change in my life by the end of the year. These are my official obligatory New Year’s Resolutions for 2011 (a few days late, I know). Here goes… Quit Smoking Believe it or not, I started smoking almost 2 years ago. Times were tough. My store was closing. No excuse, really. I mean, I’m 35 years old now. WTF was I thinking? This nasty habit has been a drain on my health and my pocket for a while now so I think it’s time to stop Make some freaking money! Kinda self-explanatory really. I have no money and I need to make some. Lots have changed in the last year. I got married… expecting a baby in May. Not really living on my own. My actions affect others now, not only me. Need to make something better of myself for the sake of my (new) family. Finish designing this damn site already! I get bored easily so I start new designs even before I finish previous ones. This time… I will actually finish a design that I start on this blog. Can’t really think of any more now, but I will update this list and stuff comes to...
Inbox

Inbox

As promised the last time I discussed GTD, I’m going to describe my various inboxes that I’ve defined for my system and how I use them to boost my productivity. For the seven of you still with me, let me refresh your memories. My defined inboxes are: Things (iPhone application) Moleskine Microsoft Outlook inbox Balance (iPhone application) Google Chrome bookmarks Voice Memos (iPhone application) Post-it notes Paper tray (for letters and bills) File folders Of all of these, my Moleskine is probably the most flexible, so  I’ll discuss that first. First thing I must say about Moleskine notebooks is that I ♥ them! I go for the hardcover with blank pages because it allows me to draw and take notes all over the page without being restricted by lines or grids. Of all my inboxes, my Moleskine is the most flexible (I just said that, no?). With pen in hand, I just empty my mind right on to the page, without worrying about structure or form. The main purpose of the Moleskine in my implementation is the get the thoughts out of my mind as easily as possible. It also lets me write or draw directly in the margins, so that I can enhance my lists or flesh out ideas more. Important stuff gets a highlight, so that I can find the tasks that need immediate attention easily. At the end of each day, around five-ish, I start a new page, with a to-do list of the next day’s work that is due. When I complete a task, I cross it off the list and give myself a well...