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Below is a listing of all the posts in the blog. They are organized chronologically left to right, top to bottom in descending order.

Passing on 1Password

For years I’ve used 1Password. I am no longer using it. I’ll admit that’s extremely blunt and can be perceived as setting the tone for the entire article where I outline crummy things about 1Password. Nope. I just don’t agree with the direction they are taking with the application. In this post I would like to describe my experiences and show what I am using now to replace 1Password. Renting Software There is a movement lately toward a subscription-based model for software. The traditional mode…

Ligature Icons

Icon fonts have fallen out of favor in recent years because SVG support has gotten good enough to be viewable by virtually everyone using a browser. There’s a good reason for the switch to SVG other than that, of course. Icon fonts are generally used in the conventional manner of assigning an icon to a character in a font, using the character in the markup, and then styling the containing element to use the icon font. It never should have been considered a viable method of displaying icons on a…

Redesigned, Again

It is difficult to write about your own website just like it’s difficult to design something for yourself. I’ve been working on this off and on since about the middle of September of last year, mostly for about an hour here and there when I had time. I originally was just going to redesign and not say anything because mostly the design builds upon the last one just like it did the one before it. However, there are a few changes that are worth mentioning. Here goes nothing. CSS Grid No. I didn’t…

Couture Tee Company

The past few months I’ve been busy on a personal project, but I’ve also been busy on other things, namely working for a new client doing quite a bit…

The Arsse

“The… what?” Yeah. You read that correctly. The Arsse is a project Jeff King and I have been working on. It is an RSS aggregator — in other words a m…

Surveying His Domain

Saying that it hasn’t been the best of times would be an understatement. It hasn’t all been bad. One of the changes that has occurred over the past c…

Gulping, Grunting, & Bashing

“Use Gulp!” “Use Grunt!” If I wanted to gulp and grunt I’d go to 7-11 and down an entire big gulp slurpee. — Myself on Twitter, March 14th, 2016 Above is a snide remark I made when trying to time and time again find a simple CLI for different Web development helpers. It is surprising just how difficult that is. If memory serves me correctly I believe I was looking for a CLI for PostCSS at the time. I’d been looking at other helpers and noticed they would have them mentioned in small print below…

Demoralization

Despite my age I’m an old hat when it comes to the Web. I became enamored with it as a teenager in the late ’90’s. I spent my teenage years learning and building things instead of wasting them doing stupid stuff like most people do as a teenager. I participated in the Web standards movement. I built my personal websites using Web standards. I started building websites for others using Web standards. It’s how I became interested in Opera, and this was before Firefox even existed. A lot of design…

Neither

I’m just going to start this by saying something which might surprise: I like neither iOS nor Android. I first owned a mobile phone when I started college as my parents wanted me to have one so I could be contacted while away from home. I didn’t ever use it much. It was a Nokia phone like most phones were back then with a monochrome LCD screen reminiscent of the original Nintendo Game Boy. I could call people with it, and it stored their numbers. I didn’t even send text messages. I would most o…

Color Profiles

It has been a while since I touched upon this topic of color where I wrote about each of the color modes and models. While the title of this essay is Color Profiles color spaces are to be the focus. This is intentional. ICC color profiles are the files you interact with while color spaces are what the information within the files specify. I chose to use “profiles” in the title because profiles are what will be used. Since I’m describing the color spaces themselves I’ll refer to them as color sp…

Masque of the Red Death

About a year ago I was roped by my sister to go to what is called a “populace meeting” of the local group of the Society for Creative Anachronism. My…

Libertad

As has become customary on this website I’ll write briefly about what has been occurring with me personally before charging into writing what the sub…

Color Modes

The last time I wrote about color I conveyed how we perceive color, the CIE 1931 color space, and about how color temperature works. This time I’m going to continue with the discussion about color and describe how the CIEXYZ color model is transformed into four other color models, the color modes we use on our devices. RGB We don’t normally use the CIE 1931 XYZ color space in day-to-day usage. As mentioned in my previous writing on the subject it is used to derive everything else. RGB is what m…

Gene Cox Grocery

This summer I was contacted by Gene Cox Grocery to see if I’d be interested in designing a simple website for their business. I’ve been a regular cus…

Color

For a bit now I have wanted to write about topics that aren’t specifically my designs or artwork. I don’t want to write about subjects that have nothing to do with art or design, though. I call this my portfolio, after all. It would indeed be interesting to have writings about design mixed in with my other compositions about my work. Color seems like as good a subject as any to write about as it is very important to both art and design. It is indeed a very detailed subject to write about and wo…

Κοτόπάνθρωπος

Not too alarmed, are you? Good. This is the shortest interval thus far between posts on this website, the previous one’s being in March. I’ve found m…

The Enmity of the Maples

There is unrest in the forest / There is trouble with the trees / For the Maples want more sunlight / And the Oaks ignore their pleas The trouble wit…

Opera Forums

My direction in the project was to follow closely the company’s existing design language for opera.com along with using Vanilla as the forum package…

Post Pluviam

When inaugurating this weblog — or portfolio if preferred — I stated that my intentions were to update it infrequently and only when I had new work t…

Opera 15

I’ve been a long time fan of the Opera desktop browser. So, when I was hired early in 2012 and placed within the UXG I was thrilled. When I first sta…

Ook.

It’s long been time for a change around here. The last thing I penned in the previous incarnation of this weblog was on September 15th, 2011. The preceding post was made on May 29th of the same year — quite a while ago. I simply lost interest and honestly didn’t have the leisure time for it. The past two years have brought forth copious changes in my life, and the brief leisure time I’ve had was first spent designing by freelance and later spending time on random personal projects of mine. It’s…

Blimey!

The Eleventh Doctor and Amy Pond mistakenly arrive in a location other than the one they intended. By the looks of things they expected to land withi…

Blown Away

I finally finished this about two days ago. It’s an illustration of a filthy-looking Wario’s letting out a huge fart. It’s crude and repulsive, but I…