My first-ever piece of online minimalist conceptual art. A fun exercise in jQuery, the Twitter API and big fonts. As always, best in fullscreen, preferably on as large a screen as possible.
In 1939, Fortune magazine sent Ansel Adams to photograph Los Angeles. The images, most of which were never published, reveal a city unfurling across the landscape. This project pays tribute to Stamen's amazing watercolor map tiles and great open-source tools such as Polymaps that make creating custom interactive maps a pleasure. The process was an education in data visualization. I've also posted a template for making your own maps.
I built thisli.st because I couldn't find a good, simple list online of the best Mediterranean noir novels after I'd finished Jean-Claude Izzo's Marseilles trilogy and wanted to read more. Originally intended just for books, the site is meant to facilitate crowd-sourced top-ten lists of all kinds of cool subcultural stuff. It's my first-ever Django project and remains a work-in-progress. I designed and scripted it from the ground up, with great assists from many of the wonderful open-source apps crafted by the Django community.
I created my Django-powered, Heroku-deployed personal site from scratch. It includes a mini-app I created to format, organize and display my clips. Despite the plethora of perfectly good tutorials available for building Django-based blogs, I built mine blind to see if I could figure it out for myself. I think it turned out OK. I designed the layout and color scheme. The fonts are powered by Typekit. Once I clean it up, I plan to release the mini-app I made to store and format my clips for other writers to use.
I've developed several custom Wordpress sites in connection with my wife's various artistic endeavors. Her personal site uses a nice, minimal lightbox script to show off her work. A similar site showcases a design experiment with the look and feel of handmade designs online. Both sites use tweaked versions of the Simplr theme. Article was a Bay Area-based art journal that uses a custom theme developed off of Thematic for its CMS.