Sorry I have been MIA the past few months. I don’t normally talk too much about my private life or work on here, but I do want to share what I’ve been working on.
Over the past few months I have been working on creating a way to design websites in browser, and minimize (and eventually remove) the Photoshop comp stage altogether. I’m not talking about Dreamweaver or any of the other drag and drop GUI programs that spit out unmaintainable code. I’m talking about allowing someone with beginner programming skills to create reusable, production quality code and have control over the most minute visual details of the final product. These past few months have been the first trial run of this process and framework on a real website redesign. It’s definitely been a trial by fire.
I recently had the pleasure of contributing to Emma’s latest series “Connecting with Our Clothes”. So hop on over to This Kind Choice to read about my sentimental pieces and the beauty of heirlooms, and be sure to check out the rest of her blog while you’re there!
I have been asked by quite a few people how to get started with learning to code. I’m not an expert by any stretch of the imagination (I work with people who have been building their own websites and/or servers since they were ten) but since I have several years of experience under my belt and people are willing to pay me for programming, I must be doing something right.
Obviously, if you’re interested in learning to code you already realize why it’s important in today’s economy to have very basic programming skills. If you think that there’s no way learning to code can help you, I beg you to reconsider. At the very least a basic knowledge of coding will help sharpen your logic skills, look great on a resume, and help you understand how the technology you use every day operates on a basic level.
There is also a serious need for talented coders in every size company (as opposed to just copy and paste assembly-line coders, which is usually outsourced) and a junior level coding job starts at around $60-$70K in the NYC area. Even if you’re not at all interested in becoming a coder, it makes a great bargaining chip in salary negotiations and helps you understand the limitations and abilities of the medium you’re working with.
I’m assuming that you have little to no coding knowledge, and that you want to learn how to craft code, not just copy and paste answers from Stack Overflow. Also since my area is front-end development I’ll focus on what it takes to learn front-end development. Any back-end developers out there please chime in with your own resources, I’d love to hear them!
Valentine’s day is less than a week away. After working one too many Valentine’s day shifts at restaurants/bars in college, I usually choose to celebrate Valentine’s day the weekend before or after to avoid the hysteria and hype. However, this year I’ll actually be celebrating on Valentine’s day at the Russian baths.
I’m not anti-Valentine’s day. In fact, this comic basically sums up my thoughts. I do think that it’s nice to have a day to celebrate those that we love. My only complaint is why do we only celebrate romantic relationships? Is that really the most important relationship in our lives?
Clockwise from top left: French Sailor’s Shirt, L.L. Bean $30 / Striped Long Sleeve Tee, Vince $145 / Boatneck Tee, Chance $68 /Striped Boatneck, Edith A. Miller $78 / Striped Top, Harvey Faircloth $125 / 3/4 Sleeve Top, COS $34
I still don’t understand why it’s so hard to find simple classic pieces. It seems that retailers just can’t resist the urge to put a “twist” on anything classic, when really all I wanted was the basic item in the first place.
I’m keeping this post short and sweet since I’m sure everyone is still recovering from the holidays.
I’m a big believer in personal traditions. Every New Year’s I write a letter to myself and then read the letter I wrote last year. My time capsule letters are a tradition I’ve had since I was about twelve or thirteen, and every year it’s brought me so much pleasure, perspective and closure. Of course, being a teenager, I didn’t think to keep my old letters (sigh…) but I’ve recently added another step of scanning and storing the letter before I toss it.