A new look for 2009

The new joshgormley.com website has arrived and it looks fabulous!  Kudos to Vicki for a fresh new look.

I had three goals with this redesign:

  1. Pictures pictures pictures.  The first thing that potential customers want to see is pictures, therefore I have put the gallery slideshow right on the home page.
  2. Logical menu options.  My main menu has gone from 6 items to 5 and the new menu items are more logically ordered.
  3. A fresh, scalable design.  The new design is fresh and feels new, but it is also scalable.  If I want to add more text or image to a page, I can do so easily now whereas it was somewhat limited with the old design.

I’m very excited about this design and I hope you like it too.

Enjoy the show!

In Boston: day 2

Well, this wraps up my second day at the Ajax Conference in Boston. Another day of brilliant people spouting out brilliant ideas. I only hope that my brain can soak in all of the information that has been sent it’s way.

First, I have to start off with a quote. Douglas Crockford is a walking soundbite and this one is just too funny to let go by:

Failing gracefully is good, shooting your toes off is bad.
Douglas Crockford, summing up comments about browsers (specifically Netscape).

Here’s another quick list of tools and topics that are now on my radar:

  • OpenSTA: load testing your websites
  • Jetty and Comet: Ajax pushes to the browser
  • Fiddler: measuring server traffic
  • Drip: a memory management tool for IE
  • Lint (and JSLint): static analysis of code

And the list keeps going, but I need to stop somewhere. This list doesn’t even cover the concepts that have been covered, simply some tool that I might find useful.

In Boston: day 1

I’m in Boston right now for the Ajax Experience conference. This is my first multi-day conference and it’s quite exciting. I’ve been able to meet a lot of very intelligent people and learn a whole bunch of things that I’ll be able to put into our workflow immediately. Here’s just a quick list of things that I’m going to be looking into:

Check back soon for more updates.

Website redesign

I just launched my newly designed photography website and I’d have to say that I’m exceptionally excited about this. The old site was starting to show it’s age and I really wanted to simplify things a bit. The new site has bigger images on every page, and a consolidated wedding photo slideshow. I really like the big images on each page and think that the new site really presents my photography and photographic style well.

Most of the credit for this site goes to my wife, who designed it and made sure that even the smallest details were taken care of. Thanks Vicki, you make me look good.

A new look

I just updated my blog with a new look and a new version of WordPress. Now that this site actually looks presentable, I feel like I’ll be more motivated to actually post on a regular basis. I have this weird quirk where I’m more motivated to work on something that I find visually stimulating than I am to work on something that may be completely functional, yet lack that visual appeal. This might explain why I’m a photographer, but what can I say, presentation matters.

NUMBER27.org

NUMBER27 / The Work of Jonathan J. Harris
I came across this site the other day and have to say that it has quite a few really good design ideas in it. The two items I find especially fascinating are 10×10 and Word Count. Both are attempts at putting large ammounts of data in a small space. Isn’t that what we’re always trying to do? Yes, and these two concepts are quite good at doing just that.