In March 2010, @theledu and I had the privilege of launching a personal site for world-renowned photojournalist (and all-around totally awesome dream client) Alexandra Avakian. Ms. Avakian’s site is powered by the fantastic ExpressionEngine, allowing her to build galleries, tag and store images, announce upcoming events, and fill her blog with the kind of stories that kept our hearts racing.
Throughout 2009, I led the front-end development of National Geographic’s 2010 sitewide redesign. Using Django templates and an object-oriented approach to CSS, I created a highly modular framework capable of generating scores of different page layouts under a unified markup scheme. Additionally, I devised a visual layout system to allow our team’s content producers freedom and flexibility in presenting their work—which has since been included amongst Time Magazine’s "50 Best Websites of 2010" and named AdWeek’s 2010 Site of the Year. Also, this happened and my fanboy heart exploded.
Using SXSW 2010 as an excuse to experiment with a few new tricks, this was the first revamp of linesandwaves since its original inception over three years ago. It was designed almost entirely in the browser, and sports a fluid grid, an RGBa-based color scheme, and a dash of CSS3 all thanks to a bunch of head-turning work by Meagan Fisher, Andy Clarke, and the ever en fuego Ethan Marcotte. High-fives and chest slams all around, dudes.
I’m a web designer living in Washington DC, and recently I’ve been looking for a kick in the ass.
Something to help me recapture the the thrill of being hunched over a desk late at night trying to solve puzzles and create something exciting. Something really loud and jarring and personally intimidating. Something like a giant mission statement in ALL CAPS.
I designed this site as a first attempt in moving towards those goals. And that obnoxiously thick list at the top of the page was the first thing I made, so that I’d always have a reminder of the things I value, right there in front of me. It’s going to be a continual work in progress, and I hope I can eventually fill it with so much stuff you’d have to spend five minutes scrolling through the damn thing.
The projects above represent the current benchmarks in my aim to make good things. If they have anything in common it’s having been born out of sweat, stress, focus, doubt, debate, rework, overtime, and love. Also, coffee. Terribly obscene amounts of coffee.
If you ever find yourself wanting to talk shop with a fellow nerd, engage in a debate on the merits of slow vs. fast-moving zombies, or if you really just need to rely on someone for a bit of solid web work, feel free to get in touch. I specialize in walking the line between visual design, information architecture, and front-end development. I’m interested in working with good folks who share similar ideals and people who are excited about what they do.
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Jon Long, Web Designer and Developer
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