As I grew into the role of parent, I sometimes felt as if I were taking apart a ship and using the planks to build a ship for someone else. I was building a ship across time, out of my time.
Regardless of the industry, when people care deeply about what they’re making and who they’re helping, it shows.
After reading several articles and a great book, Deep Work by Cal Newport, I’m sold: focus is tough, necessary, and at a premium. I’ve been on a month-long discovery process to find how to work more efficiently (in other words: less screen time with more output), produce better, and avoid negative thoughts.
the most creative professionals always played with the problem for much longer before they tried to resolve it. Because they were prepared to tolerate that slight discomfort and anxiety that we all experience when we haven’t solved a problem.
The idea of purposefully introducing into my life a service designed to fragment my attention is as scary to me as the idea of smoking would be to an endurance athlete, and it should be to you if you’re serious about creating things that matter.
Before this, I wasn’t just losing time, I was actively harming my thought process for the rest of the time that I wasn’t distracting myself. All of this consumption, in the name of doing more and better, was robbing my ability to do just that.
Not my typical project these days but I quickly put this together for a friend of mine. His flat-file PHP site was a little long in the tooth so, using his brand colors, I whipped this up all in-browser. Fast, responsive, does the job!
Concept for a log of search terms with no results on a WordPress site.
Just HTML, CSS, and JS goodness! Design by Ernesto D. Morales
In one of those “meant to be” moments, I met the founder and president of the mind-bogglingly talented craft beer agency here in Seattle, Blindtiger. Oceania (Oce for short) invited me down to the office to talk shop and it just clicked.
8-month engagement to provide engineering, strategy, code review, pair programming, performance reviews, and security guidance.
A few details about the current (5th) iteration of this site.
A WordPress child theme gone mad! Built-in click statistics, moderation controls, grabbing text and images from submitted links, and expiring content.