Not much to report on. Just gave the site another slight redesign. Decided the reflective header was too large so I opted for the current logo placement.
I've also redone the Portfolio again somewhat, and experimented somewhat more with some CSS3 techniques. It's actually pretty cool. I'll be making another entry later in the day to explain how to do a pseudo-gradient border (top and bottom only) in CSS3 for elements.
Over the past couple weeks I've managed to get a couple more portfolio pieces up.
For the sites portfolio, I've recently completed some maintenance over at MyGiraffe, where users can submit events, sporting goods and other gatherings in the Greater Seattle Area. There's quite a few events to choose from, and my updates should add to its utility. In addition to Google Calendar links for each event, there's now the ability to add to iCal as well (for users on iPhones, Macs, etc.). In fact, even Microsoft Outlook users can import the iCal files and add these events to their calendars too, which is a nice plus. I'll be posting soon about how to create an .ics file in MVC using C# (which can be easily adapted to VB.NET if needed).
Another portfolio entry involves Mike & Jean's Berry Farm. They needed a couple pages for an equipment auction they held, and I was tasked with putting up the temporary pages for this (which are offline now). I decided to also make a couple header images to have the pages match the layout of the rest of the site. I adapted these from the original source materials when the site was created a few years back, and was able to replicate an image mask to have the images look similar in feel to the other images on the site. (The original file was missing this mask, so I had to find a way to remake it). Those header images are in my graphics portfolio.
It was a pleasure working with both clients, and would gladly work with them again!
After a decent bit of work, I have uploaded a small sampling of a graphics portfolio to supplement my sites portfolio. I have also added a couple more sites to the sites portfolio to further flesh out previous work.
While I am capable of some graphical work, my primary focus remains in the field of web development, both front-end and back-end.
In a pinch, I can do Photoshop/Illustrator/Fireworks, and have touched InDesign a bit. Get me behind a Visual Studio setup though, and that's where I shine much brighter.
As promised, I have reopened my portfolio portion of my page. The graphics portfolio portion is still under reconstruction, and the sites section still needs more sites added back to it, but it's there.
To view what I have so far, click the Portfolio link on the top of the page (or in the menu if you're on mobile).
Also I've added a pop-up carousel for when a site's screenshot is clicked on the Sites Portfolio. The graphics portfolio will also have this feature. It was a little interesting to get this working within a Bootstrap modal window and referencing a Knockout viewmodel, but I got it done.
Now I'm taking a much-needed break before tackling more of this as my brain's turning into clay at the moment. Also more projects and portfolio entries to come, so stay tuned.
After much consideration, I have decided to relaunch nodeomega.com. There are many reasons for this:
The old design I had up with just the image links on the front looked alright... but in the end sucked for SEO.
I decided it was time for an overhaul.
The old portfolio needed an update, and why just update that when I can update the entire site?
Finally implementing this blog.
New and improved tag system.
I think that pretty much covers it. It's a long way from what I originally planned for NodeOmega (which was, and will still be in the future, a webcomic/graphic novel/animation (hopefully) media company).
In the meantime, it keeps my web design and development skills up to date, and showcases more of what I can do. Plus, hey... HTML5 man! This desperately needed a facelift.
I don't have a commenting system, so you'll just have to bear with me, or if you do have my contact info, drop me a line.
Now for a (very) late dinner. Fun Saturday night fooling with code, but this is up and operational!
(Portfolio link soon to be operational again. Stay tuned).