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"Website a Week" Is now "Weekend Web Dev"

posted Thursday, August 4 2016 @ 2:05 pm EST

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Just a quick announcement here, which was mentioned in passing last post. Because I'll be starting a new job shortly, and won't have as much time to spend on hobby projects, this blog will be moving from weekly to weekends-as-time-permits. That said, it will also be ongoing with no planned ...

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Week 6, Days 3 - 5: Frontend

posted Wednesday, August 3 2016 @ 11:17 pm EST

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It's actually been a week since my last post, but since several days were lost to job-search-related tasks and paperwork, I am hesitant to say more than three or four of that was actually working on this project. At any rate, this isn't going to be content-complete for a long ...

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Week 6, Day 2: UI Development

posted Wednesday, July 27 2016 @ 10:01 am EST

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Day two, here's where we are now: • Separate layouts optimized for desktop and mobile. • Fully responsive to all screen sizes. (Though I'll recommend 640px width.) • Working modals for bottom navigation. Screenshots: Tomorrow: continuing implementation.

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Week 6, Day 1: Research and UX

posted Tuesday, July 26 2016 @ 7:07 pm EST

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This week I'll be creating an "unfolding game" in the vein of A Dark Room or Candy Box . Unfolding games are a small, somewhat new genre of video game that start out very simple, almost mundane, and then expand in scope over the course of play. I feel this ...

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Week 5: 'MetaFeed' Project Shelved

posted Friday, July 22 2016 @ 3:05 pm EST

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Long story short, I am putting this project indefinitely on-hold, and will revisit it sometime in the future only if Facebook decides to make their API worthwhile and usable again. As frustrating as it is to admit after spending nearly two weeks on it, this project is going nowhere fast. ...

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Week 5, Day ???: Miscellaneous Delays

posted Sunday, July 17 2016 @ 11:23 pm EST

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So, due to various circumstances and a whole lot of unforeseen delays (mostly due to the time and complexity involved with creating a Facebook API integration from scratch in AngularJS), it's looking like this project definitely isn't going to be done tonight. Rather than continuing to rush this, and consequently ...

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Week 5, Day 2: UI Development

posted Wednesday, July 13 2016 @ 11:09 pm EST

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Since I'm creating a social network feed, Bootstrap seems sensible. After all, it was originally developed at Twitter for exactly this sort of thing. That said, we need to do a little bit of extra setup to get it playing nicely with AngularJS. To this end, I'll be using AngularStrap ...

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Week 5, Day 1: Research and UX

posted Tuesday, July 12 2016 @ 11:53 pm EST

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Going to try and keep this brief, as I haven't a lot of time today. Our Company: MetaFeed is an online data aggregator which pulls down data from a variety of social networking sites (Twitter, Facebook, Google+, etc.) to show all your important data in one convenient location. Our Audience: ...

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Freelance Project: Wisdom of Astrology

posted Tuesday, July 12 2016 @ 6:00 pm EST

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This took quite a bit longer than I would have liked, and I didn't have time to add every little thing I wanted to, but overall I'm happy with how it came out. So, with permission from my client, here's a look at what I've been working on for the ...

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AFK July 5th - 10th: hiatus extended

posted Tuesday, July 5 2016 @ 12:00 am EST

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Due to the numerous tasks involved with catching up with after a long trip, the fact that I still need to promote my last project, and various business-related errands I had to run today, there simply wasn't any time available to start on project 5. Additionally, Sam appears to have ...

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AFK June 27th - July 1st: one week hiatus

posted Saturday, June 25 2016 @ 8:22 pm EST

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As mentioned briefly in my first ever post on this blog, I will be taking the next week off. In observance of Independence Day, project number five will begin on July 5th.

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Week 4, Day 4: Front End

posted Friday, June 24 2016 @ 11:50 pm EST

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There's still a few things left to do here, but finally the website is pretty much done. Nothing like feature creep to keep you working ...

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Week 4, Day 3: UI Development (cont.)

posted Thursday, June 23 2016 @ 11:37 pm EST

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It took a long time, but things are starting to look a lot more complete now. The site is currently using placeholder images, as Sam only just recently got his photos over to me, but all the layouts are complete at this point ...

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Week 4, Day 2: UI Development

posted Tuesday, June 21 2016 @ 11:56 pm EST

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I didn't get very far into implementing this mockup before hitting my first snag: Neocities does not support the uploading of PHP files for free accounts. This is a problem because most of WordPress consists of PHP files! As such, it was necessary to find a different hosting solution, which ...

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Week 4, Day 2: UX Design

posted Tuesday, June 21 2016 @ 12:00 am EST

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Because I'll likely be busy tomorrow, I'm looking to get something of a head start today. Ideally this will be the first of two blog posts ...

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Week 4, Day 1: Research and Planning

posted Monday, June 20 2016 @ 10:40 pm EST

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Our Company: My brother Sam is a photographer, and in addition to working for Motif magazine, runs his own small business "Sampson J Photography". He has asked me to create a WordPress site to replace the very rough-around-the-edges Wix portfolio he's using currently. I've been planning to include a WordPress ...

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Week 3, Day 5: Front End

posted Friday, June 17 2016 @ 11:12 pm EST

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Everything should be just about nailed down now. See screenshots and video demo below ...

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Week 3, Day 4: UI Development (cont.)

posted Thursday, June 16 2016 @ 11:39 pm EST

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Home layout is completed now: Still working on the others at present.

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Week 3, Day 3: UI Development

posted Wednesday, June 15 2016 @ 11:17 pm EST

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Still working on this, got caught up in fussing with Equalize, so this has all taken much longer than I would have liked. Here's what I have so far:

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Week 2, revisited: Polish

posted Wednesday, June 15 2016 @ 5:33 pm EST

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Technically I'm supposed to be done with the Kūsō Neko Pāku site, but after getting some feedback from a friend, I wanted to go back and polish up the color scheme a little bit. I'm a lot happier with it now: • Harsh whites softened. • Use of accent colors ...

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Week 3, Day 2: UX Design

posted Tuesday, June 14 2016 @ 4:41 pm EST

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UI Specification, flowchart, and wireframes ...

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Week 3, Day 1: Research and Planning

posted Monday, June 13 2016 @ 10:55 pm EST

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Our Company: This week's site will be an online insurance sales company. (Property insurance: home, auto, flood, fire, etc.) I'll be reading up on a few actual sites of this type to inform my filler content a bit, but the main purpose here is to spend some time working with ...

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Week 2, Day 6: Front End

posted Saturday, June 11 2016 @ 10:19 pm EST

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Today is implementation day, so step one is to get the site running online somewhere. I want it to be its own little website, and not a sub-directory of my portfolio. Additionally, I'd rather not start adding a bunch of new apps to the Heroku account, because that might cause ...

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Week 2, Day 5: UI Development (cont.)

posted Friday, June 10 2016 @ 5:52 pm EST

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More UI work today, it's looking like I'll be ready to finish implementation tomorrow as previously expected.

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Week 2, Day 4: UI Development

posted Thursday, June 9 2016 @ 11:48 pm EST

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Being more of an engineer than an artist, I'm doing coded mockups in HTML / CSS. One thing that's especially nice about this is I can see how my responsive design looks with various window sizes. Additionally, this will reduce my workload for final implementation significantly. ...

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Week 2, Day 3: AFK

posted Wednesday, June 8 2016 @ 12:05 am EST

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Unfortunately, as much as I'd prefer not to take a break this early on in the project, today I have a business meeting in Boston and a family function following that. In lieu of an actual blog post, here are my plans for the rest of the week: Thursday ...

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Week 2, Day 2: UX Design

posted Tuesday, June 7 2016 @ 9:07 pm EST

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UI Specification, flowchart, and wireframes ...

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Week 2, Day 1: Research and Planning

posted Monday, June 6 2016 @ 11:22 pm EST

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Our Company: This week's site will be promoting "Kūsō Neko Pāku" (Daydreaming Cat Park), a fictional cat café in Tokyo. Originating in Taiwan and very popular in Japan, these theme cafés allow patrons to lounge with a veritable clutter of friendly cats while sipping tea or coffee. Aside from adorable ...

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Week 1: Butter CMS Blog

posted Saturday, June 4 2016 @ 4:21 am EST

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Because the first 'week' of this challenge is really only today and yesterday, I started with a small manageable project, but one which is nevertheless essential: the creation of this blog! Butter CMS handles the content storage and publishing duties, so most of the work required was layout and styling ...

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Introducing the "Website a Week Challenge"

posted Saturday, June 4 2016 @ 2:57 am EST

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Hello and welcome to my blog! In the following two months, I will be developing a new website weekly, for a total of eight counting this one. My objective is to brush up on and expand my existing skill set, learn more about what's new in the UI/UX scene ...

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