Blogs tagged with "design"

Posted on Tuesday, March 5, 2013

About a month ago, I noticed a lot of recruiters reaching out. I don't think it was just to me-- a friend told me first quarter is when recruiting season really gets busy. But it did get me a few interviews that I went into thinking I would just see what's out there. I didn't really expect to be leaving my job, but I guess having those conversations and re-assessing my skillset led me to think a little more deeply about what I wanted and how much I think I'd grown.

Looking back on my year (and on the last time I wrote in this blog), I think I've honestly been trying to keep up an...

Posted on Tuesday, October 2, 2012

I'm creating a mood board for a client and found a really fun tool to compare typefaces with each other in layout easily and quickly:

I found these two combinations that I really like and may incorporate soon if the client doesn't like them haha:

Leckerli One & Raleway


Posted on Friday, August 17, 2012

Just got back from my first in-person class at CCSF-- GRPH 35, Introduction to Graphic Design. I'm also taking CNIT 133 which is Javascript, but it's an online only course.

After working from home today, I found it difficult to hop on my bike and ride all the way to the Mission campus. I was feeling lethargic and tempted to just stay home and crack open a beer... but I did it, after Quang made me wear a helmet for the first time. I know, I know, I should... and I did... and it wasn't that bad. I bought my own helmet and I do plan on wearing it.

The 3.5 mile ride to the...

Posted on Wednesday, July 4, 2012


  • Photoshop (Slice tool)
  • HTML/CSS Development
  • Cross-email client compatibility (Outlook, Gmail)

HTML emails are so much more than meets the eye, especially when it comes to complicated designs that require some pretty nasty tables (if you're doing it by hand) to make it look right. I found a nice resource that explains CSS support for various popular email clients out there, which is useful if you're coding emails by hand. It's also useful if you're not, because...

Posted on Monday, July 18, 2011

lots to cover in this post since its been a long time and many many things have happened.

ill start with my new website, which I am quite happy with. though I did not use a cms backend-- its just CSS, HTML, and jquery-- I feel like it was the easiest way to throw something up there quickly while still exercising full creative control over the design. Ive talked before about my process-- to mock up my design in photoshop and then take that image apart and code the components. I wonder how much better Id be at web design if I had embraced that process earlier in my career. I still...

Posted on Tuesday, March 29, 2011

warning: very nerdy post.

So out of pure interest, I decided it would be a cool (term used loosely) idea to try my hand at creating my very own WordPress template. The one you see here, minimalist as it is, was created by someone else, and I kind of wanted to know the nuts and bolts of it.

Over the weekend, I googled "how to create a wordpress template" and I spent a couple hours following (and not really following, ie., not understanding) this tutorial. (nerdsidenote: I noticed the...

Posted on Saturday, July 10, 2010

just got back from a small wine launch party of a design client of mine - toasted toad cellars. my girlfriend teny referred me to them to draw their toad logo, and it was so exciting to see the result on the wine bottle, wine glasses, tshirts... the wine was good too :)

the drive was fairly long coming from San Jose and driving to Antioch. it was me, my roommate, dyana and quang :) we stopped at a mexican place beforehand but I regret it because there were hors doevres pairings with the wine tastings. the owner was so friendly and pleasant, and clearly passionate and proud of his...