I work on user interfaces, with an eye toward accessibility in the service of solid content strategy. I'm always going to ask why this content exists, what problem we're trying to solve, and how we can make sure it's sustainable.
I'm about to embark on a redesign, build, and migration of the student portal, while continuing to iterate on improvements to our public-facing web properties.
I know everyone says that black and white are unnatural colors on the web, but my heart has always belonged to India ink and indie comics, even though I never made that a career.
But I still find outlets
I had a webcomic called Apocalopolis for a while, which no one read, and, boy, was it a mess. But trying to rush out a daily page of a serial comic made me realize I could maybe actually do it, and it was actually a big breakthrough for me in beginning to come to terms with anxiey and depression, and all of the baggage that comes with it.
I still think I'm going to grow up to be a cartoonist, but I get by with off-the-cuff semi-regular whiteboard drawings at work, ink sketches, and drawings for my kids.
Here are some blog posts
Scratch that Itch
9 Jun 2019
This is about giving kids the freedom to explore and experiment in Scratch, and knowing when to step in and nudge them past frustration, or give a lasting insight into good coding practice.
Build Your Own TACO
19 May 2019
A new mnemonic for organizing information
Relative Font Weights Considered Harmful
28 Aug 2018
The `bolder` and `lighter` keywords may not work the way you expect, so use them wisely, if at all.
Relative URLs Demystified
2 Apr 2018
Explaining the meaning of slashes and dots in various combinations
A Letter From Den
12 Mar 2018
In which I entertain the idea of writing a newsletter, as if anyone would ever care.
Using the Wordnik API
20 Feb 2018
Creating a shell function to get quick dictionary definitions on the command line, because, why not?
13 Feb 2018
Changing your shell to fish and back.
A Real Hero for the 90s
28 Jan 2018
In 1992 I jumped on the comics bandwagon and co-created a skateboarding superhero. What might have been?
Bear's Big Day
17 Jan 2018
A comic inspired by a day of drawing with my kid.
Number Ones — 1976
9 Jan 2018
Radio Ethiopia by the Patti Smith Group was the best album of the bicentennial
An Acrostic Movie List
8 Jan 2018
My name spells trouble, and also a pretty great collection of movies.
People Not To Be at Tech Conferences
12 Sep 2016
(or Anywhere Else)
Bundle Up Your Inbox to Be a Better Dev
13 Feb 2016
Seven of the Best Newsletters for Front End Folks
Class Struggle in the 21st Century
30 Dec 2015
An argument on the losing side, against presentational class names.
You're Saying It Wrong
24 Oct 2015
Because my opinions are the best opinions
Action Movie One Liners
20 Jun 2015
25 May 2014
In the McDonald's parking lot we saw a woman cornered in a phone booth by a large, angry man. A small crowd of twenty-somethings sat comfortably nearby on parking bumpers as if they were watching Shakespeare in the Park.
Excerpt From Plateau
23 Oct 2013
An unfinished YA novel I may finish someday
The Syntax of Panels in Narrative Comics
23 Sep 2013
Thoughts on making comics, written for a friend.
That Time I Almost Killed a Kid
21 Sep 2013
Posting as a form of self-medication.