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  • Barry 1:07 pm on February 17, 2012 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment  

    You can’t get any more simple than a navigation-less one page scrolling website. While learning about the dangerous gas extraction process, there is lots of wonderful animation experienced scrolling downward into the earth at Dangers of Fracking website, which I think is an advocacy extension of project of Gasland, the movie and designed by Linda Dong.

    I wonder if there is a certain psychology behind scrolling websites when the usability and delight-level is high? When the user is invested in a tiny way to scroll down and experiences great design and animation, do they become empowered to take further action?

    The site is Take a look!

  • Barry 1:16 pm on February 14, 2012 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment
    Tags: drupal, non-profit, nonprofit, npo, oregon, plugins, rop, rural organizing project, suffusion,   

    New site: Rural Organizing Project 

    I recently completed a new website for Rural Organizing Project, otherwise known as ROP to the many rural Oregon groups and individuals who support their mission. In recent years I have also done print work pro-bono for their rural voter guide, STAND.

    There was a technical twist in this one—it included moving the content from an neglected Drupal installation into a WordPress based site. Let’s just say moving 4 years of content from one CMS to another involves some serious palm-to-forehead moments, but with some Drupal-to-Wordpress database import scripts out there in the WordPress community, the broken link checker plugin and the search and replace kung-fu of the search regex plugin I got all the content, links and categories to show up in the new WordPress site.

    The site runs on the Suffusion theme, which is a very underrated but powerful theme that includes many features that you may find on a premium theme. The folks at ROP wanted a minimal amount of design on their site, but I think they benefitted from the magazine-like presentation of their front page with a slideshow, and visual representation of categories. It was a blast working on this project.

    Rural Organizing Project

  • Barry 2:44 pm on November 23, 2011 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment
    Tags: bold, color, design, flavors,, halftone, resume   

    I recently designed a simple resume website for a friend, and since he is very into social media as a communications professional, using site made sense. We could store all aspects of his career info in sites that were best to do it in with: LinkedIn for a resume, Behance for a portfolio and even Instagram for his personal photography obsession. Plus it meant he could update it all himself. As far as the designs from we loved the simple, egocentric aesthetic quality and pared down UI – as a self-promotional vehicle it gets right down to business with none of the cruft that comes along with using a blog.

    While being limited to the layout templates and an automatically resizing background, it became a nice exercise in playing with flat color & type with a bold image. Although he determined that this direction below might have been just too wild for his field (He’s a corporate communications manager), I had alot of fun with these designs along the way:

    Screen shot 2011-06-04 at 2.34.16 AM (More …)

  • Barry 1:56 pm on October 28, 2011 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment  

    I got PWNED – I my webserver hacked, and copies of WordPress crusted up with base64 encrypted calls for sweeptakes and free ringtones. AAck. This brilliant little bit of PHP made cleaning the wordpress installs a breeze..

  • Barry 12:21 pm on September 12, 2011 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment

    1Password for the mac is on sale for $19.99 in the Mac App Store, so I finally got it. If you are overwhelmed with managing passwords for every website you need to login to, this can save your sanity.

  • Barry 11:58 pm on June 1, 2011 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment  

    New Site – Play Again 

    I just finished working with the folks at Ground Productions on their new website for Play Again, a documentary film which asks “What are the consequences of a childhood removed from nature?”

    Thay wanted a new site quickly so I got their volunteers started with WordPress, the Big Feature premium theme, and the WP events manager plugin for the screenings page. Later I came in and did a bit of the front page coding and implementation of the events, and the video—the trailer use the JW Player Plugin to present a nice skin and thumbnail image even though it’s streaming from an HD YouTube video

  • Barry 3:41 pm on February 23, 2011 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment
    Tags: review   

    I saw this today— it looks really useful for easy website planning. The free version gives you collaborative planning on a website with one other person, then exports to wordpress. I’m sure there are other online tools like this out there to develop a website wireframe (including just going ahead and just planning the site using a wordpress menu/layout to begin with), but this looks soooo simple.

  • Barry 4:52 pm on February 17, 2011 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment  

    This last year I worked on a packaging piece for a Cisco branded router sold at COX cable stores. Check it out.

  • Barry 12:12 pm on February 16, 2011 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment

    Spent a ridiculously short amount of time upgrading a sad neglected drupal site this morning thanks to this ssh guide

  • Barry 11:03 pm on February 15, 2011 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment

    Good stuff on type basics for the web –> Achieving Good Legibility and Readability on the Web » Design Festival

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