About This Nonsense

And Who Are You Again?

Oh hey — I’m Michael Rose, just another bearded, tattooed, time traveling, designer and illustrator working in Buffalo, New York. I’m into drawing portraits of strangers on an iPad using Paper by 53, movie theater popcorn, chicken wings done right, dust collecting record collections, and over using ellipses and en-dashes.

Michael Rose self portrait
Hand drawn with Paper by 53 for iOS

When I’m not drawing on my iPad, releasing open source Jekyll themes, or building the next great thing, I work as an in-house web and print designer for a science education company. On any given day I could be designing product catalogs, marketing collateral, landing pages, email promotions and newsletters, or just getting cozy with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript.

And if that wasn’t enough — I’m a husband and father of twin girls or as we like to call them, our 2 little rosebuds.

illustrations of 2 little rosebuds
I really should get around to drawing their faces…

What’s a Made Mistakes?

So what does this all have to do with made mistakes and why did you name your website that? It vaguely has something to do with that whole happy accident thing, where a mistake can turn out to be something great and unplanned. But to be honest I was just looking for a short, memorable sounding domain name.

In May of 2004 I purchased mademistakes.com, and threw up a Macromedia Flash splash (hey remember those?) while I worked on building a design portfolio using Movable Type. For the next couple of years I would experiment with various content management systems (Movable TypeTextpatternWordpressIndexhibit), developing minimalistic themes and learning what I could about HTML, CSS, Javascript, PHP, and MySQL databases.

I’ve since decided to go CMS-free and utilize black magick and Jekyll to generate flat HTML files for greater control and improved performance. Building all of the layouts, stylesheets, feeds, and assets from scratch has been challenging, but completely worth it.

Contact Me

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