I recently posted about how setting up and managing a web-site doesn't have to feel like you're buying a used car from a traveling salesman. There is another way.
It's the 21st century, and managing your web site does not have to be a task for the super-geek elite.
You can do this, and you can maintain good design and practical, powerful, easy to use tools.
On the web separating design, functionality, and content has emerged as an important idea. This makes all parties in the chain much happier. Content creators and site managers ...
Today on Twitter I had an exchange with a guy who I have yet to meet in real life (but we're at least from the same town, thanks @genuinechris. His name as far as I know is just ikeif. He was a bit annoyed at all of the twitter apps that have yet to inevitably pop up (tweet these shoelaces or some-such). It did get me thinking however, and the idea was developed, in about 4 exchanges between he and I.
Here it is (ikeif...I developed it further in my own head). You're ...
I'm not a signals guy, so digital image processing isn't something I normally do. I'm just going to make some notes. Free Image processors (Looking at you GD tools) Don't take good care of PNGs.
Exhibit A: Uploaded via FTP
But Wait! Exhibit B:
What happens!? When you run it through GD tools to do a simple shrink, the filesize gets bigger, the colors are distorted, and it adds all that black shit to the background ...
Gutenberg invented the printing press 6 centuries ago. By today's standards, using a printing press is a very grueling process. The problem is that business on the internet grew up around the same processes that were used to print the King James Bible in 1611.
When you set up your website, from my experience, chances are that you:
1) Found somebody you knew who makes websites, or knows how to use dreamweaver.
2) Went to craigslist.
3) Hired an ad agency or a or a designer to make you a website.
What happens next? You go back ...
I'm Issac. I live in Oakland. I make things for fun and money. I use electronics and computers and software. I manage teams and projects top to bottom. I've worked as a consultant, software engineer, hardware designer, artist, technology director and team lead. I do occasional fabrication in wood and plastic and metal. I run a boutique interactive agency with my brother Kasey and a roving cast of experts at Kelly Creative Tech. I was the Director of Technology for Nonchalance during the The Latitude Society project. I was the Lead Web Developer and then Technical Marketing Engineer at Nebula, which made an OpenStack Appliance. I've been building things on the web and in person since leaving Ohio State University's Electrical and Computer engineering program in 2007. Lots of other really dorky things happened to me before that, like dropping out of high school to go to university, getting an Eagle Scout award, and getting 6th in a state-wide algebra competition. I have an affinity for hopscotch.