Made Mistakes - Design faux pas by Michael Rose

I’m Michael

Just another bearded, tattooed, record collecting, tea drinking designer / web developer, who lives and works in Buffalo New York.

Made Mistakes is my personal space where I’ve published articles, notes, tutorials, and a spattering of my work since 2004.

Portrait of Michael Rose wearing a black baseball hat in front of an iMac.

Curated writing

Long form writing mostly about web development and design.

Mastering Pencil by FiftyThree

Learn how to create impressive effects with 53’s Pencil stylus and Paper app, using exclusive features like Blend and Surface Pressure.

Recently published

Thoughts, inspiration, and other minutia.

Goodbye Gatsby, Hello Hugo

Hugo has ruined me. Other static site generators that rely on community plugins and copypasta to fill out their gaps don’t cut it anymore…

Jekyll’s site.url and baseurl

Learn what Jekyll’s site url and baseurl variables are and how to properly set them with relative_url and absolute_url filters to avoid broken links and 404 errors.

Twenty Nineteen

First time doing a year in review post. The statistics contained are just for fun as there’s nothing to compare them against yet.

Faster Netlify builds

Slowly but surely, I’ve been chipping away at my site’s build time on Netlify. There’s little left for me to optimize until Jekyll drops some nice updates in version 4.

Autumn refresh

Using CSS Grid Layout Module to redesign a Jekyll site and further improve performance and accessibility.