web design

I get paid to put together web sites. Here's some posts about my vocation.

Pages o' Fun Version 5.5 - 2011-2015

This is yet another iteration of the previous design. By 2011 I had a much better understanding of how templating worked in Drupal and made a somewhat slicker template that adhered to 960 grid-style layout. Sometime during this period I did an upgrade to Drupal 7 and had to reworked the layout to be compatible with 7. In the process I made the site mobile-friendly with a responsive design.

Pages of Fun 2011 Design

Dummy Image Bookmarklet

This afternoon I came up with a handy little bookmarklet (or favlet) that uses the site dummyimage.com to create a place holder graphic. Simply drag the following link to the button bar of your browser:

Dummy Image

When you click the bookmark it will prompt you to input image dimensions. Use the format, WIDTHxHEIGHT (for example 640x480) and a new window should open up with a downloadable GIF with those exact dimensions.

Drupal Update

Well, I just updated the core version of the Drupal CMS on the Pages of Fun from 6.12 to 6.13 and it went pretty smoothly. One thing that I did discover is that it pays to update all your modules before doing the core update. I had earlier tried to update and the system completely failed on install because of a problem with the out-of-date Admin Menu module. Only a complete reversion to the backed up files saved me. Backing up is ever so very important in this whole process. Anyhow, I am really loving Drupal and I hope to build more sites with it in the future.

Web Design

I've been making web pages since 1995. At first it started merely as a practical way to get the work we were doing for MoonRock Software available to the masses. For over ten years I have been working in web development at Ajenda Interactive Media. At Ajenda I have help build and design sites like The Madison Museum of Modern Art and ComEd.com.

Check out some of the previous encarnations of my personal site:

The Ajenda Creativity Engine

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