I had a nice chunk of time this round of redoing my personal website, here. I took it as an opportunity to explore what are my favorite boilerplate techniques and code, both for production and development. I specify the two because I spent a bunch of time working with gulp to make a really easy develpment environment for myself that I would say is my optimal one as of now. I'm writing html in the jade preprocessing language and I have gulp watching for changes in those files and continually rerendering into html on change. I have a node dev server running with connect and browser-sync reloading the page on those html files' change. JS files get linted along the way. Development is smooth and clean. I also have a production task in gulp to minify, concatenate, etc. I built up the production Nginx server from a clean linux box in the cloud. As far as the actual site, it's a contemporary ux I like for this type of microsite. The scoll based design feels nicer to me right now than the tab style I used for alfredocaceres.com. In the front end development of this site i took the time to re-look at different techniques and technologies and to build a couple directives from scratch in angular. The slideshow and the hamburger menu are those, and I think I got them to my favorite point, that where they have a great feel. I took a look yet again at responsive image artistry and found srcset and implemented that and saw it work its magic in download times per device profile. Speaking of, I think this site is looking nice on any device profile, so, hopefully, responsibly responsively designed.
Most recently, I was working at Virgin America. I learned a TON there. Fast paced online marketing was a constant. Emails, landing pages and analytics. In the last year I worked on the transition from their older site to the new award winning and industry leading angular app style site. It was a great chance to be a part of such a large, quick, enterprise. https://www.virginamerica.com
A website I built for my dear friend and teacher, the guitarist Alfredo Caceres. I used Zurb's Foundation framework to build it and I really enjoyed Foundation. Using the framework allowed me to concentrate on telling Alfredo's story over the course of the fairly minimalist 8 pages of the site. http://www.alfredocaceres.com
Coffee roast logging web app. This is my ongoing project I'm using to learn the MEAN stack. I'm also learning how to roast coffee and if I take good notes on the coffee roasting it generates lots of data, so it's a good excuse. For now, to check out the project please have a look on github. https://github.com/lopesa/roast_log_build
While I was at Old Navy I worked with a small team to create a new web series for youtube called "Studio Spotlight." We told the stories of different fashion designers within Old Navy who were each given the opportunity to design their own short-run line. Making the videos was a great place to put together some of the animation and video work I had been doing previously, and it was a lot of fun.
is where I first started working. My first job out of college was hand inking mylar sheets to become screens for silkscreening. After that I was at a local design/print shop with an onsite Heidelberg press. There we made marketing materials for local businesses, start to finish. I learned design first in the print medium, studying and refining the fundamentals of form, layout, letterform, color, balance, etc. Print pieces have now become particular types of objects. The physicality and potential preciousness stand out in contrast to the usual digital deliveries that are the norm now. Nothing moves, and the communication is in one direction. The differences between the mediums are stark but I think it really highlights an underlying commonality in the way we communicate across any form.