"Art is a kind of illness." — Giacomo Puccini

Web Design Bootcamp


IMG_0122I’ve been adding lots of new skills to my tool belt the last year or so. This weekend I took a big leap, with my friend Kevin’s encouragement, to migrate my site content into a CMS. It’s the direction I’ve wanted to go for some time, but I was busy churning out uninspiring school projects. With a little bit of help, I was able to do a preliminary set up with a downloaded theme. It’s a starting point, but what an amazing place to start! I’ll be continuing to add content and build the site out better once I return home to San Francisco. I love having an integrated site to display all the facets of my personality: personal, professional and other interests.

As all this has unfolded, there have been several side projects, too. My plan to set up all my feeds in Google Reader is finally finished. It will be so much easier to simultaneously keep up with my job search, track design trends, etc. I also finally focused on the Photoshop-to-XHTML work flow. By focusing on some tutorial resources, I will be able to master this skill quickly. It’s not terribly difficult, once I sat down and focused on what needed to be done. Today’s sideshow was finally organizing all our bookmarks and putting them up on Delicious. It seems the big lesson of this visit has been to be resourceful. No sense reinventing the wheel! We still have a few things to do, but my “working vacation” is not even half over.

I don’t know what I’d do without my buddy, Kevin. We met in school when we were both in the early stages of career changes. We had many overlapping interests and life experiences. It’s one of those once-in-a-lifetime friendships. We challenge, teach each other, encourage and support each other personally and professionally. The picture in this post is from our recent visit to Flash Camp at the Adobe offices in San Francisco. I’m already wondering what fun memories our next visit will bring…

  • Kevin on

    You is the bestest, I’m all misty, gotta get a tissue…

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