The ever changing landscape for the web “designer” & “developer”…

Quite a while ago during my job search I was coming across so many different titles that I needed to identify how to describe myself and specialties in order to market my abilities. The landscape for job opportunities has definitely changed in the last 10-15 years and find that the knowledge I have within my field has been siloed into various roles.

My job title at a previous place of work (8 years) was Production Assistant / Web Manager. My daily tasks varied from updating web content-copy and cropping images to a website, design and code html newsletters as well as maintain multiple subscriber lists, running web metrics, create simple web banners, UI designs, search engine optimization work, to social media marketing and some print design work. It was more like an overall maintenance ‘job’. So when I was search of new work, I had become really confused which job titles I was coming across and what I should be looking at. My web skills are focused on HTML, CSS and intermediate JS with a little back-end knowledge in PHP.

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Design4Drupal Boston Conference

So I attended Design4Drupal conference for the first time this year. I came to learn about this event through a member I see regularly from the BostonPHP users group that I attend monthly. This had to be one of the best design camps I have ever gone to where it was not heavily code centric and design was a core subject matter with some code examples sprinkled in here and there. Plus I did not feel intimidated around others when letting them know I was new to learning Drupal and felt very welcomed. I thought the subject matter in each session was not only informative but transferable in other web development areas outside of Drupal. Here are some of my notes and resources taken from this event from some of the session tracks I went to.

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Web Standards Solutions: The Markup and Style Handbook

Publisher: A-Press
Author: Dan Cederholm
Year: 2005
ISBN-10: 1590593812

Web Standards are the standard technology specifications enforced by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) to make sure that web designers and browser manufacturers are using the same technology syntax. It is important that these implementations are the same throughout the Web, otherwise it becomes a messy proprietary place, and lacks consistency. These standards also allow content to be more compatible with multiple different viewing devices, such as screen readers for people with vision impairments, cell phones, PDFs, etc. HTML, XML, and CSS are all such technologies.This book contains questions and answers on markup and style topics for Web Standards. It explores the multiple ways you can handle a situation when building with Web Standards – and the advantages and disadvantages of those methods. Additionally, each chapter goes a step further, with “extra credit” sections to give the reader extra tips and tricks based on the topic. The reader is empowered to make better decisions based on well-rounded information.

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Google Glass …my thoughts on almost having it.

I was one of thousands of people to receive the next round of invitations for Google Glass. And responded immediately to the email invites that Google sent out with a code to acquire the device. The big draw for me was the “exclusivity” and being part of a niche user group to be considered a “Glass Explorer” and test out this new piece of technology.

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Online Typography (@font-face)

I love training videos that cover an array of topics in web development. When I last logged in I came across a new video series called “Web Fonts First Look” by James Williamson. I thought this series was incredibly helpful and learned a lot more about typography for the web than I think I could have from 1 or 2 books on the subject.

Throughout the video tutorial, James Williamson works on a project called Alice in Web Fonts to demonstrate various techniques in web typography. He demonstrates with a few other fonts but one in particular called JUNCTION which I thought looked really nice! (Must consider using it in a project at a later date!)

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Hello world!

So this is my first post in the blog world! WordPress has been around for ages. I have read or come across many articles on it, installed it once but really never got around to actually using it. But it seems that I always bump into someone who uses it for a clients website or to display their own portfolio of work with it.

I’ve been to a few local meetings that discuss this easy-to-use CMS and I have been meaning to learn it for some time. So I figure the best way to learn the ins-and-outs for creating customized theme’s and plug-in’s is to take an active approach to it and actually use it! Continue reading