I’m into drawing portraits of strangers on an iPad Pro, making popcorn, eating chicken wings, watching dust collect on my vinyl record collection, and playing single-player console exclusives on Nintendo Switch and Playstation 5.
To say hello or ask a question, my contact page has all those details.
For over 20 years I’ve been making stuff on the web. I specialize in writing semantic and accessible HTML/CSS and designing templates for static site generators.
I cut my teeth on poorly crafted HTML pages hosted with AOL and Geocities in high school. Which later evolved into building Macromedia Flash (hey remember that?) sites for local independent bands when I wasn’t learning about typography, design, and how to draw at Rochester Institute of Technology.
After graduating from the Rochester Institute of Technology with degrees in Design and Illustration I started my career at a science education company named Science Kit. There I did layout and catalog production on huge thousand-page tomes, designed marketing collateral, and built table-based HTML email promotions among other things.
When not in front of a computer, I’m the father of twin girls and married to a subscription box addicted vegan. There aren’t many photographs of the Rose family together as Wendy and myself are more comfortable behind a camera…
For a time I was into tattoos and making my arms look like someone scribbled all over them… 🤷🏻♂️. Don’t ask me to explain why or what they all mean — I have no idea what I was thinking when I got them years ago.
Listening to and collecting punk, post-hardcore, emo, screamo (are they called skarmz now?), and indie rock 7-inches and LPs were a big part of my 20’s. Back then I didn’t have a mortgage or a family to care for so I could waste my paychecks on records or Nintendo Gamecube discs.
I’ve gone through the painful exercise of packing up and transporting around 800 records more times than I’d like, claiming each to be the last.
But here we are — cubbies full of heavy objects, occupying space in my office, gathering dust more than getting played.
I’m not that active on social media. But feel free to connect with me on any of the online services below if that’s your thing:
What does this all have to do with made mistakes and why’d you name this site that?
Well, it vaguely has to do with the idea of a happy accident, where mistakes can turn out to be something unplanned and great. But to be honest, I wanted a short and memorable domain name that sounded less emo than my previous personal site — fadedleaf.com. Guess I failed at that 🤓…
I’ve since decided to abandon the idea of using a monolithic CMS to build this site, in favor of the Jamstack. With a bit of black magick and Hugo, I get a better performing and secure site built from version-controlled Markdown and other static files. Pushed up and deployed by GitHub and hosted by Netlify.
For the curious, you can read this page for the hardware and software I use to build Made Mistakes.
- 22 Gorgeous Pieces Of Art You Won’t Believe Were Drawn On An iPad — Business Insider
- This Summer We Learned About PaperFaces — FiftyThree
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