Archive | May, 2013

How It Feels to Be a Freelance Designer

31 May

Sometimes I think people focus too much on the word “free” in freelance designer.

This freelancer does a great job illustrating our daily struggle!



Web Design: Text Editor Coding

14 May

At the recommendation of my peers, I’d like to download Notepad++, however this is a Windows application and my main computer is an iMac.

A peer was so kind to post a review of 7 text editors, and I decided to try Text Wrangler for my iMac.

What would really would be great though is to probably use something like Sublime Text – it is cross platform. (albeit not free)

So using Text Wrangler, I created this beautiful masterpiece:

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Web Design: Hand Written Coding

14 May

Please excuse the size and quality of the photo – I don’t have a camera, only my smart phone (which is actually a step up since a month ago when I only had my dumb phone! ;))

Onward and upward to course #3!

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Web Design: My Magnificent Blog Post

14 May

Per my graphic design course at Mozilla School of Webcraft (yes I did choose this program partially for the Harry Potter reference) I must write a blog post about why I am getting into web design:

The biggest reason I am getting into web design is because of a little game that I played when I was younger on AOL dial-up called Neopets.

I have always been a computer nerd and gamer ever since my father brought home a computer back in 1997. At first I used the computer to play games and/or watch my brother play games such as: King, Heroes of Might and Magic, Doom, and Sims City.  I also would use the computer’s paint program and practice my art (I thought drawing on the computer was pretty magical).

Thanks to Neopets, I taught myself HTML at 10 years old.  I wanted to make “pages” for my pets (unfortunately they are no longer around, how fun would it be to see my very first websites!).  When I found a web design element that I liked and wanted to use and Neopets did not teach it (this was before Google), I would dissect the code myself to learn what made each website tick.  I even thought to myself when I was younger, “This would be really fun to do as a living when I grow up!”  However, my silly young brain told me that, “By the time I grow up, all the websites will be designed and it wouldn’t be a plausible career path for me.”  Now I see the error of my ways, and as they say, “Better late than never”.

Web design marries two of my passions – art and science (design and coding).  I am excited to embark on this journey and excited to see where it takes me.

– Cheek out