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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 ( 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:

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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.

Luke Hoehn

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.

Luke Hoehn

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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