About Michael Rose

About Michael Rose

Oh hey — I’m Michael Rose, just another boring, tattooed, time traveling designer from Buffalo, New York. I’m into drawing portraits of strangers on an iPad Pro, eating popcorn and chicken wings, watching dust collect on my vinyl record collection, and playing the occasional iOS game.

When I’m not drawing on my iPad, releasing open source Jekyll themes, or building web stuff, I work as an web designer and content administrator for a global lab supply company. On any given day I could be developing and designing front-ends, landing pages, email newsletters, or massaging content in and out of a CMS with the help of HTML, CSS, and JavaScript.

And if that wasn’t enough to keep me busy — I’m also the father of twin girls and married to a subscription box addicted vegan.

Michael Rose's tattoos
My tattoos are a mess of line and words. Don’t ask me to explain them — because I can’t.


Have more questions? If they’re related to creating art on an iPad I’ve likely answered them in the Frequently Asked Questions section of the website. For all other inquires…

About the Site

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 screen (hey remember those?) while I worked on building out my portfolio. 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 abandon using a CMS and utilize black magick and Jekyll to generate flat files for improved performance and security. Building all of the layouts, stylesheets, feeds, and assets from scratch was challenging at first, but the knowledge gained made it all worth it.

How to Support Made Mistakes

I write tutorials and maintain a few open source projects for fun. If you’ve found any of them useful and want to thank me, here’s a few ways you can.

  1. Follow me on Twitter or subscribe to one of my RSS feeds.
  2. Buy anything at Amazon using this link and I’ll earn a small commission1.
  3. Send a donation via PayPal or Square Cash.

Selected Interviews

Honorable Mentions

  1. Anything I link to on Amazon may be done with affiliate URLs