Weblog (est Dec 2016)

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Design at WCUS 2016

Design at WCUS 2016

In Philadelphia, Pennsylvania a group of designer/technologists gathered insights about Millennials and Boomers at WCUS 2016 to consider how mobile computing has become simply a fact of life. —JM Excerpted: Some pre-2010 attributes that we gathered: Younger Folks (our...

WP API React tutorial — showing a post

WP API React tutorial — showing a post

In the following tutorial, we'll see how to retrieve and show a single post from a WordPress site. We'll learn how to create and render a simple Post React component, how to fetch the data needed for this component all the while using a few bits of the newest...

James Stavridis (2012)

James Stavridis (2012)

"Open-source security is about connecting the international, the interagency, the private-public, and lashing it together with strategic communication, largely in social networks." —James Stavridis (TED 2012) I remember being in the audience the year that Admiral...

Print Design Concepts in Web Development

Print Design Concepts in Web Development

A few weeks ago, I had the incredible pleasure of speaking at Drexel University for a seminar on computational design. The event was graciously held at Drexel’s ExCITe Center with the help of AIGA Philadelphia and Automattic. I shared the stage with a few fellow...

WP REST API + Processing

WP REST API + Processing

In my younger years, data was boring. Querying a database was something the mathematicians did using MySQL. I was a designer and my focus was on engaging users emotionally. When people's faces lit up because of my designs, it wasn't because I was using real data, or...

So Many Dev Choices

So Many Dev Choices

Part of the challenge of developing for the Web today is the myriad of choices to make when getting started. And each different route is always going to be subject to change. So once you learn one route, it gets awfully difficult to switch to another one. Platform...

Basic React

Basic React

There's a great tutorial by Shu Uesugi that takes the great approach of "non-computer-science-y" thinking about how to get started in React. This is an approach I took in 1999 with Design By Numbers -- which I realize in the long term didn't stick at all. That said,...