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…
Today I learned how to automatically add last modified dates to Markdown files used by static site generators like Jekyll and Gatsby.
How Jekyll uses URLs and how to link posts, pages, assets, and other resources together.
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.
This is the post where I talk about neglecting the site and pledge to blog more… wait, wasn’t I suppose to do this on January 1st?
First time doing a year in review post. The statistics contained are just for fun as there’s nothing to compare them against yet.
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.
Using CSS Grid Layout Module to redesign a Jekyll site and further improve performance and accessibility.
Lessons learned from building, optimizing, and deploying a huge static site with everyone’s favorite SSG — Jekyll.
Interesting styling possibilities with Kramdown syntax highlighted code blocks in Jekyll.
Learn how to use static files with Jekyll to create a gallery of images automatically without a plugin.
How to use Staticman to add threaded comments and reply notifications to a static-based Jekyll site.
The question of how to write a list inside of a table cell with Kramdown recently came up in a thread on Jekyll Talk — prompting me to look for a solution.
You know what sucks? Maintaining two separate branches of an open source project, just to host its source code and documentation together with GitHub Pages.
Not to overstate the obvious here, but oil pastels do not behave like colored pencils…
Playing with the new Depth Effect (aka fauxkeh) on my iPhone 7 Plus got me thinking about Gaussian blurs, and how to improve their use on this site.
In my never ending quest to micro-optimize the hell out of my site, I ran into a snag when trying to use SSI directives to improve the loading of critical CSS and cached stylesheets.
Like previous years, I started out with the best of intentions for Inktober and then quickly lost steam…
If it wasn’t obvious from the artwork on this site, I draw, paint, and create on Apple’s iPad.
How did I git gud at drawing and painting on an iPad? The answer that no one likes to hear is “practice, practice, practice.
Long story short, if you have an iPad Pro do yourself a favor and get an Apple Pencil.
Methods used to capture time-lapse videos of drawing and painting on an iPad, to show an artwork’s progression.
To create profile images that look like they’ve been run through a television set with poor reception, I use DECIM8.
With Paper by WeTransfer you can only export as large as your iPad’s native resolution. If you care about getting more pixels out of your Paper art than the largest iPad Pro1 is the way to go.
To draw straight lines on the iPad in apps that don’t have a ruler tool, I use whatever straight edge I have laying around: plastic ruler, book cover, piece of cardboard, notepad, etc.
Uninstall Disqus and learn how to add a static-based commenting system to Jekyll with Staticman.
How to switch tools in the app Paper for iPad and iPhone.
A smooth gradient can be achieved layering washes of watercolor on top of each other. Speed and pressure play an important role in how clean of a tone you end up with.
Documenting my approach to using Jekyll, how that’s evolved over the years, and web development learnings I’ve picked up along the way.
Convincing myself that I need an iPad Pro and Apple Pencil to fulfill all my digital illustration needs.
Paper comes to the iPhone with productivity boosting features like photo import, text notes, grid view, rotate, and more.
Learn how to create impressive effects with 53’s Pencil stylus and Paper app, using exclusive features like Blend and Surface Pressure.
Learn Paper’s faux layer technique and how it can aid in sketching and tracing on iPad.
I’ve been drawing with traditional tools and materials — on and off for the last 20 years.
How I used Jekyll to build a living style guide and pattern library for Made Mistakes.
Learn how to draw stars, galaxies, planets, black holes and more with Paper on iPad and 53’s Pencil stylus.
Tutorial explaining how to use Paper’s new color picker tool to sample, mix, and share colors.
An avid Paper creator’s impressions of FiftyThree’s new iPad stylus, Pencil.
Download these templates for Paper and discover how to use Mix to Learn, Sketch, Play, Write, Design, and Think.
Learn how to use Paper’s eraser tool to undo and cover-up mistakes on iPad.
Documented bugs and other strange behaviors found in Paper for iOS version 2.0.0 when using Pencil.
Discover the secrets of Paper’s newly updated watercolor brush in this short tutorial and video.
Mix by FiftyThree makes finding, sharing, and learning from inspiring Paper creators easy and fun.
A look back at two years of drawing over 800 portraits using an iPad and Paper for iOS.
Enter to win a portrait of your choice drawn by Michael Rose in his signature PaperFaces style.
How to use the grid method of drawing to improve your accuracy when drawing with the app Paper on iPad.
Learn how to reposition Paper’s zoom loupe mid-stroke to help add detail to your drawings.
Advanced Paper tutorials and techniques for drawing and painting faces with an iPad.
Finding inspiration from the faces of strangers on Sktchy for iOS.
It was only natural the two little rosebuds would become early adopters of technology.
Beginner friendly Paper app tutorials covering basic drawing and painting techniques, inking, and color theory principles.
How to use blind contour line drawing and the iPad app Paper, to improve hand eye coordination and observation skills.
How to adjust the Pogo Connect’s pressure sensitivity setting with firmware v1.1.0.
Tutorials for drawing bricks, wood, and rock textures with the Paper app on iPad.
53’s Pencil stylus and new Blend feature is full of promise. Here’s a taste of what is possible when using both.
Impressions of a handmade Moleskine book designed and printed on iPad with the app Paper.
Techniques for drawing water and waves using the app Paper on iPad.
iPad tutorials and techniques for drawing blue skies, clouds, and sunsets with the app Paper.
Techniques on how to draw trees, grass, and other foliage using the Paper app on iPad.
Year one of my 365 day portrait project may be over, but I’m just getting started.
An introduction to Paper’s tools and how best to exploit them for drawing realistically.
The Pogo Connect is an iPad stylus that brings pressure sensitivity and enhanced functionality to devices and apps that support it.
Quick tutorial for drawing faceless (e.g., PaperFaces) portraits on iPad with the Paper app.
Learn how I draw hair quickly with the Paper app for iPad.
How to sketch faceless (e.g., PaperFaces) portraits and landscapes on an iPad, with the app Paper.
An experiment in humanizing the web — drawing a portrait everyday on iPad with the app Paper.
Two years ago on this day, I proposed to my wife Wendy by leading her on an Easter egg scavenger hunt.
Migrating Made Mistakes from a Wordpress powered website back to its static file roots using Jekyll without a CMS.
My favorite thing about this Corn On Macabre 7-inch record is the use of vellum and metallic inks in the sleeve.
How 5 minutes spent creating an About.me profile nabbed me free Moo business cards of my own design.
Glad to see improvements in the May 2011 Urban Outfitters catalog. Especially since I took a few issues with their typography last month.
I couldn’t begin to tell you what the artwork in this emo record means. But silk screening lyrics on fabric scrapes is kind of cool.
How the hand crafted aesthetics found in DIY released emo and hardcore records started my collecting addiction.
The typography in Urban Outfitters latest catalog has some serious readability issues.
Exploring what it means to develop a grid system that helps facilitate strong design with purpose.
As a designer we’ve all been there. When was the last time you got bored with a design and decided to just burn it and start anew?
The following are some of my experiences and observations transitioning from Palm to iOS after nearly 10 years of baggage.
Looks like I might actually get two iPhone 4s on launch day.
Apparently there is a bizarro version of me in Niagara County using scammed credit cards.
The Eviltron device, when setup properly, can land some convincing scares.
Quick impressions of the Palm Pre from a long time smartphone user.
Put a bird on it. Photographs of Wendy’s bird cage tattoos and some ink splat trees on my arms.
Using Blurb’s BookSmart software was painless and having it printed was equally enjoyable.
A lengthy review of Animal Crossing City Folk for the Nintendo Wii — some things never change.
Faulty logic boards, ambient sensors, and displays oh my!
Tutorial and time-lapse using the Rasterbator web app to print and assemble a wall sized poster of an owl.
Quick impressions of the film, The Diving Bell and The Butterfly.
Musically — RRIICCEE is fine, but not something I really want to see live again.
What I went through upgrading an iMac G5 to Mac OS X Leopard (10.5).
Quick impressions of the new iPod classic 60GB.
The film Sunshine directed by Danny Boyle is science fiction without the big bang.
My quick impressions of a Korean horror flick that gives off some serious Fatal Frame vibes.
My quick impressions of La Moustache — a French film about a dude shaving his mustache.
A short update on the status of my iPod 3G battery settlement claim.
My impressions of the film Half Nelson, starring Ryan Gosling.