Insight Articles

An infrequent take on all things web.

April 24, 2013
We are currently in the process of redesigning our website at FliteHaus. That’s probably a bit of a generalization because, along with a redesign, we are reworking the site architecture, modernizing our workflow, and confirming our business philosophies. It’s the last one that’s got me thinking today. I love the idea of doing a “status check” on my beliefs as a professional in the web industry. While my philosophies coincide with those of FliteHaus, in general, I wanted to post a not-so-all-inclusive list of what I believe as a professional in this industry. These are in no particular order and there are, inevitably, places where my personal philosophies bleed into my professional ones. Here we go.
April 17, 2013
The last time I posted an article on this site was March 26th. That’s WAY too long ago. The reality is this: my full-time job simply required the majority of my time over the last 2 weeks. Two weeks ago, we at FliteHaus started a huge new project. It was a super fun, super huge, super rush project. We were hired to completely redesign a housing developer’s sales center, print collateral, and web presence. For those of you in the design industry like me, you know two weeks is very rushed for all that.
March 26, 2013
It’s finally here. It’s taken months of brainstorming and one furious weekend of work, but it’s finally live. Yesterday marked the official re-launch of! Lisa (my wife) has been begging me for months to redesign our personal family blog because it was looking dated, to say the least. (It had a 6-month-old picture in the header of our 2.5-year-old daughter.) Rather than just retheme the Drupal 6 installation that was there, I decided to give the site a full refresh. Here are bascially the 2 phases that I went through in one furious weekend.
March 12, 2013
Recently, I was thinking about an interesting way to display a listing of services offered for a design agency. While there are a plethora of options for something so simple, I ultimately dreamed up a carousel of sorts that scrolls through the services vertically. I knew it would likely require some jQuery and wanted to keep the HTML simple enough to quickly modify or apply to a CMS-generated unordered list. My first step, as it is with anything I need to whip up quickly in code these days, was to head over to CodePen and see if I could accomplish what I was envisioning. Spoiler: turns out I worked it out. Check out the demo on CodePen and then follow along to recreate it yourself!
March 6, 2013
Don’t get me wrong, I love surprise endings, but I’ve always loved TV shows and movies that tell you how it all ends right up front. You know the final outcome, but you still need to go on the journey. The second time you watch a great movie, you start to analyze why things end up the way they do. With movies that give you the ending up front, you can sit back and enjoy the journey the first time you watch it as if you were already watching the movie for the second time. It’s a bit of a stretch, I suppose, but the same could be said for web design. Time is scarce these days in such a fast-paced world that, if a site visitor has to dig for information, you’re likely to lose them pretty quickly. Here are a few ways that you can “give away the ending” and let visitors enjoy the journey that is your website.
February 21, 2013
We’ve all seen them starting to pop up. You know what I’m talking about: those profile pictures next to search results at Google.. Well, they’re super easy to implement in several ways. Let’s take a quick look at what they are and how to add them to your website.
February 5, 2013
Generally speaking, Drupal does a great job of letting you bulk update content settings across your site. And where core falls short, usually a module called Views Bulk Operations (VBO) jumps in to save the day. But recently I needed a way to bulk update comment settings. I have a side project where I set commenting to be closed for a content type that I ultimately needed to open commenting on. I searched for a while, even giving VBO a run, but it doesn’t provide the ability to update comment settings. Unfortunately, there’s no module, so the next best thing was to update rows in the database manually. There are a couple places where rows need to be updated, so here’s the fastest and easiest way to update comment settings in the database. WARNING: While this is a fairly simple process, if you do not know what you are looking at in the database, this can be a very bad idea!
February 1, 2013
A few weeks ago, we interviewed a great up-and-coming photographer. We took a couple weeks off from photography to talk video producing and web development, but this week we’re going to jump back to photography for just a minute. As I explained before, I love photography. No, I’m not a professional photographer, nor is that where I’m headed. It’s strictly a hobby, but one I enjoy immensely. For that reason, I want to dive deeper into the minds of some still-frame geniuses. On deck this week is actually a friend of a previous photographer interviewee by the name of Mathew Hasegawa. While he came recommended to me, we coincedentally went to the same high school and college, even though we were separated by a year. Take just a couple minutes to get to know an indirect friend and photography expert, Mathew Hasegawa!