Chris Z. Griffin

Still Sporting the Default Template

Designer/Developer Synergy

Posted by Chris Griffin on June 21, 2007 at 11:15 PM

Before working at Planet Argon, I’ve never worked for a company that was made up of mostly developers. At the beginning, I wasn’t sure how I would fit in being that my skillset had very little overlap with my newly-acquainted comrades. Not a huge deal considering I’m a designer and I wasn’t necessarily hired to know these things, but I felt it was my duty to at least make an attempt to learn.

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Boxcar

Today, Planet Argon announced a new business hosting plan called Boxcar. If you are looking for hosting for your rails application in the coming weeks, and need a bit more power than what a shared server has to offer, look no further.

Head over to the Boxcar website to sign up for the mailing list and you will be notified as soon as Boxcar launches.

On another note, I believe this is the first of my design work I’ve done since I was hired that has seen the light of day….BOO YA!

I Took the Web Design Survey...

Posted by Chris Griffin on April 24, 2007 at 10:40 AM

Web Design Survey

..And you should too. Why a survey?

Designers, developers, project managers. Writers and editors. Information architects and usability specialists. People who make websites have been at it for more than a dozen years, yet almost nothing is known, statistically, about our profession. Who are we? Where do we live? What are our titles, our skills, our educational backgrounds? Where and with whom do we work? What do we earn? What do we value?

So head over to A List Apart and take the Web Design Survey!

How Do You Organize your Project Files?

Posted by Chris Griffin on March 08, 2007 at 08:36 PM

As a web professional, freelance or full-time employee, it’s important to keep project files organized on the computer. When I do my html homework I always use the principle of order – to meet instructor's requirements and be attentive with my code. It needs to be done efficiently for the same reasons one would keep a file cabinet in order—to catalog, to retrieve and find, to archive, except the digital file cabinet is much more flexible when it comes to filing away digital work.

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Job Titles and Their Irrelevance

Posted by Chris Griffin on March 03, 2007 at 10:20 PM

I am a Designer. I am a Developer. I can plan and create web experiences. I can develop in XHTML and CSS. I am familiar with Javascipt (after reading this book I hope to have more than an a familiarity). I have some SEO experience (although I don’t care to ever capitalize on those skills again). I can create a blog on the Textpattern (ick) and Movable Type (double ick) platform (Coming Soon to this list: Simplelog). I have a little experience designing for print (business cards and letterhead?). I have a little experience in branding. I have a little experience developing in Ruby on Rails.

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