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Happy Monday

Lovely watercolor by Natalia Tyulkina

Lovely watercolor by Natalia Tyulkina

Monday, Monday, Monday, here you are again! Last week was unexpectedly busy at work (hello 12 hour days! It’s been a while!) hence the quiet couple of days. Luckily my weekend was slow and peaceful, the perfect breather after a super busy week! I don’t know about you, but I’m ready to tackle whatever is in store for this week. How about some good links to get the day going?

  • Apple finally announced a smart watch! It’s definitely interesting, from an industry point of view, but I’ll personally be passing on this version. This piece does a great job of voicing my own issues with the new device. It all boils down to this: the Apple Watch feels like a computer you happen wear on your wrist, not a watch that happens to check my email.
  • Use Your Interface is hands-down the best gif-based interface collection around. Definitely check it out if you haven’t come across it before!
  • Need some designy retail therapy to really get Monday going? I love this charming (and appropriately named!) script font Monday. Check out those pretty loops, swashes, and ligatures!

Weekends are for tinkering

Spent the weekend working on some updates to my main website and am mighty proud of these link hovers. Sometimes it’s the simple things that make a design really work, you know?

I’m in the process of rebuilding that site to run off of Middleman instead of being pure HTML. The goal is to convert the small client blurbs into full case studies over the next month, and making each case study page as it’s own static markup just seemed silly. Middleman has been scary easy to work with so far! I’m still in the middle of things but am comfortable recommending it to anyone who wants their own site and has enough development knowledge to work with Ruby gems and such.

Shout out to my pal Kari Newhouse who brought up Middleman over coffee yesterday! It totally solved my portfolio-content-management woes!

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