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Luke Hoehn's Design Blog

News and info about what I'm programming and designing.

Since I started working the position I am working now, my web design and programming has taken a backseat to work duties required and the like.

I haven’t stopped but it has been going on behind the scenes. Thanks to CodeAcademy (http://www.codecademy.com/users/lukehoehn) and some judicious study and voracious reading on my end, I have become much more versed with HTML5 markup, CSS3, jQuery, and Python. I have to say that my favorite of these technologies (other than how simple HTML5 documentation is) has to be the CSS3 transition property.

The CSS3 transition property takes a pseudo element – a state of an object like active or hover – and takes the sudden change and delays it. I have messed around with it some under the practice section of my site. The link for that article can be found here: http://www.lukehoehn.com/practice-css3-animate.php

For more lessons and web things check out http://www.lukehoehn.com/practice.php

Regards,
Luke Hoehn
WWW.LUKEHOEHN.COM

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A couple days ago (September 7th), I uploaded the second basic mock up to my website. So far, I am averaging about one a week, which isn’t that bad. There is plenty of exposition on the home site, linked here.

Mock Up for a Fake Law Firm

I don’t have much more to say other than what I already said. Seems repetitive. More to come soon.

Regards,
Luke Hoehn
www.lukehoehn.com

I started my portfolio site as a reaction to not getting a marketing position. I felt that one reason that I did not get the position, at the time, was that the position in question was a combination of marketing experience with design skills. The corporate listing wanted a marketing person, but the local marketing manager wanted a design person who could learn the marketing tasks – someone that could create print and web ads and have the ability to write good copy.

When I found out that I did not get the position, my reaction was to finally start a website, or at least, create a public place under my name where people could see what I could actually do. Less talk, more presentation. I figured it was a healthy reaction to an overall bad situation. If I couldn’t get experience and knowledge through work, then I would have to find another way to get it. Three months to the day later, here we are.

I went to school for Marketing and Management, which is more or less a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration  or Management with a Marketing minor. One thing I remember when taking Marketing, Advertising, and other classes under that umbrella, was that they told you what to do and why, but not the how. There was a serious lack in vocational skills and, in my case at the time, experience to compliment those lessons.

This made it rough after graduation. I worked a series of long-term and short-term temporary position while polishing my technical and, eventually, design skills. Recently, I have completed an associate’s degree in Computer Information Systems. What does that mean now?

I have time. After years of class and working while in class, I have time. I am happy with how the portfolio site is coming along since its inception. The progress I have made has made me a better programmer and designer, and I feel that I am finally hitting my stride.

In the coming weeks, I will be adding more elements of CSS3, HTML5, Google Analytics, and Flash to my site.  In addition to these new skills, two more mock-ups are in the works, with the second mock-up upgrade using JavaScript, DHTML, and PHP coming down the pipe . I’m excited for the first time in a long while. I do so love it when a plan comes together.

Regards,
Luke Hoehn
www.lukehoehn.com

One way to get better at something is to do it. The more you do it, the better you get at it. Simple. Stupid. True.

I took this to mean that if I want to learn more about web design and programming, I better start designing some webs, or, at the very least, I should make some functional and ascetically pleasing websites. The way I have been going about this is by creating mock up or dummy websites for fictional businesses with varying web technologies. Each fake business will have a simple website (HTML, XTHML, and CSS2), a more complex website (SEO, DHTML with CSS, PHP, and Javascript), a cutting edge website (CSS3 and HTML5), and maybe mobile, Flash, and print media as accompanying marketing materials.

The first web site I have uploaded is a mock up for the Bear and Blanket Bed and Breakfast. Found here. It’s a simple four page site that will serve as a foundation for the next mock up in that series.

Bear and Blanket Mock 1 Home Page

Also, I updated the website with a twitter feed and loads of new copy. Check it out here. In the meantime, I must code and proofread. Oh lord, I must proofread.

There are certain things that I would like to say on my portfolio site that I don’t believe should actually be on my portfolio site. Mostly, what I am doing on my portfolio site.

Wait. What?

I am using this blog as a a way to talk about updates and news for my personal website and coding projects as well as a way to learn more about web development in the WordPress framework. Not much more to say  on that front.

The next point is that this last I removed the Internet Explorer/CSS2 compatible part of my website. It’s working, more or less, on one style sheet that incorporates CSS3. Also, I am in the process of moving over all the files from my soon to be deactivated student directory to my home site. The logo is something I came up with on the fly and hope to change in the future. In the meantime, I am working on PHP updates to the site to try to create a login system, page counter, and form processing.

Nothing more to say other than it’s time to stop blogging, and time to get back to coding.

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