jQuery & the Future of JS

jQuery & the Future of JS

How awesome is John Resig…seriously?

jQuery has been a go-to for me for a handful of years now as a UI designer…but will it continue to charge forward into the web future? It certainly seems that way…and as we watch Flash fading into obscurity in this new era, we are seeing a JavaScript dominance that shows no signs of stopping. Try it out if you haven’t before! It’s pretty easy to jump into: Code School – Try jQuery.

What about Vanilla JS? If you’ve used it in the past, you know it has it’s own idiosyncrasies. But it’s still holding it’s own; here’s a case study: Ditching jQuery for Vanilla JS.

I also recommend checking out CoffeeScript for some pre-processing cleanup for your JS. Some really cool stuff there.

http://coffeescript.org

International Comfort Products: Product Guides

International Comfort Products: Product Guides

Residential & Commercial Product Guides

International Comfort Products (ICP), LLC designs, manufactures and markets millions of residential and commercial heating and cooling systems for property owners around the globe.

This project centered around taking ICP’s print catalogs online. There were 6 brand catalogs to move to a digital medium…and the guide sites had to be responsive.

Site created by: The interactive team at GS&F.

The 6 ICP Product Catalogs:

Sublime Text

Sublime Text

Sublime Text

This code editor is the best web design/dev tool I’ve picked up during the last 6 months. I’m amazed at how light it feels and how powerful it is. You can code in multiple web languages and there are plugins, bundles and packages you can install to take it further.

Dreamweaver was my code editor of choice for years, but I had to say goodbye after meeting Sublime.

Sublime Site

Applebee’s Ultimate Tailgate Sweepstakes

Applebee’s Ultimate Tailgate Sweepstakes

Ultimate Tailgate Sweeps!

The Ultimate Tailgate Sweepstakes was held in Middle Tennessee & Kentucky in the fall of 2013 during football mania. The grand prize? A fully-catered tailgate party for 100 people…not bad. The contest webpage highlighted local Applebee’s Facebook pages with links that led users to go and enter their name in the running…

ultimatetailgatesweeps.com

Pixelmator VS Photoshop

Pixelmator VS Photoshop

I’m not ready to do a full writeup on this, but at first glance I like what I see in Pixelmator. As a web designer who’s been using Photoshop for years, I like the feel of Pixelmator. It feels very much like a native Mac app, and is easy to ramp up on. Can it soar to the heights of Photoshop’s finesse and complexity? Not exactly. But it can do about 80 to 90% of what you can do in PS, and at the price you have to pay now for a monthly Adobe subscription; I say: Bring on the alternatives.

http://www.pixelmator.com

 

Leaning too Hard on Market Research

Leaning too Hard on Market Research

Steve Jobs had some interesting things to say about putting too much into market research…

He thought customers didn’t know what they wanted until he showed them.

He saw the future. And he didn’t need to take a straw poll every time he was innovating.

It’s good to understand your audience; it’s good to know the habits of people and their everyday lives and cultures. But let’s be careful we don’t do so much asking people what they want that we lose sight of what they will want later…

Like the day Steve Jobs unveiled the Macintosh and a reporter asked him how much market research he’d done, he replied:

Did Alexander Graham Bell do any market research before he invented the telephone?

The Road to 2 Billion

The Road to 2 Billion

2 Billion Scriptures Distributed…Almost There

This website is a site for pastors to come and see what The Gideons International is doing as a ministry. This site was built as part of a campaign to get pastors involved with the ministry.

It allows them to order a free slimline New Testament and then get updates on the association. It’s amazing when you think that in about 2 years, The Gideons will distribute the 2 billionth Scripture…

Site created by: Lauren Rives and our team at The Gideons International.

Check out the new site!: twobillion.org

GideonCard: Send God’s Word

GideonCard: Send God’s Word

GideonCard: Send God’s Word

We created a site to marry the need to send cards with the desire to donate funds to a Bible-witnessing ministry. GideonCard is a site that is mobile friendly and allows you to send e-cards or traditional cards.

Site created by: Lauren Rives, Aaron Rudd (of Mass Appeal), and our team at The Gideons International.

Check out the new site!: Send The Word

I’m Going to Future Insights Live

I’m Going to Future Insights Live

I’m so pumped to be going to Future Insights Live in April in Vegas! With names like Cameron Moll, Brad Frost, and Kristina Halvorson, this is gonna be a-mazing…world class speakers, hackathons, full-day workshops, networking, and coffee-shop chats – this is going to be packed with great tips, great code, and great design…

See you in April Las Vegas!

Future Insights Live