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Custom Development

At the end of the day, everything a web designer does boils down to HTML, CSS, and JavaScript — they are the backbones of the trade. There are lots and lots of different ways to craft code, though, and modern websites are driven by a huge diversity of languages, platforms, and logic.

I make a concerted effort to keep up with big trends in web design, especially with the help of prolific writers and educators like Chris Coyier, Paul Irish, and David Walsh.

Today the biggest tools in a designer’s toolbox include HTML5, CSS3, jQuery and/or other JavaScript libraries, and, ideally, some sort of framework of tools like Twitter’s Bootstrap or jQuery UI. In addition to these raw materials, a capable developer needs to be aware of the rich resources and pre-packaged solutions for everything from email management to slideshows to e-commerce to all sorts of data handling.

It is a non-stop learning environment, which is one of many reasons I love what I do. When I’m stressed out, I feel like I’m never going to catch up on all the great ideas, trends and tools. When I’m more Zen about it, I understand that all I can do is remember to bend like a willow in the wind, going with the flow of all this constant change.

All this rambling is to say: I love problems. Bring me your problems on the web. I’d love to work with you to figure them out. Say hi anytime!