“The future of WordPress themes”, what do you think?

  • March 2nd, 2009

Ian Stewart (ThemeShaper) has compiled a collection of responses from 15 WordPress theme developers in response to the question: "What is the future of WordPress themes?" My response to the question challenged the idea of distribution & updates vs. design and new adoption: […] I hope for a major push in the distribution model to […]

Fix Photoshop CS3 missing scratch disk problem in OS X

  • June 7th, 2008

Yesterday I was in a state of panic. Adobe’s Photoshop CS3 was crapping on me at the most unexpected and inopportune time. The Photoshop icon would do its dance in the dock a few times, load the splash screen, then scream for attention with an error reading: Could not initialize Photoshop because the disk is […]

WordPress Custom Fields; laying text over your lead graphic

  • December 23rd, 2007

For WordPress users, there are certain scenarios when the typical reverse chronological presentation of content is just not enough. I have experimented with different methods of presenting content on 5thirtyone.com each time a redesign is uploaded – from the text-centric to the image heavy version in use right now. With hundreds of WordPress driven blogs […]

35 designers, 5 questions, a long list of answers

  • April 19th, 2007

Smashing Magazine recently polled 35 different individuals whose livelihood deals in some shape or form with web design. If you’re not already a subscriber, I highly recommend their feed which regularly publishes some of the most detailed and exhaustive resource lists on the net. Their latest “list” showcases the responses to 5 distinct questions answered […]

Preventing content from "shifting" for Adblockers

  • March 13th, 2007

Anyone who inserts contextual advertisements into their pages – like Google Adsense – are aware of the fact that some readers block advertisements. Oftentimes, methods for removing advertisements from view alter the structure of a page, in turn, changing the layout. For some websites or blogs, this does not pose a problem. For websites created […]

How-to create a "Table of Contents" Navigation

  • March 10th, 2007

Quite a number of months back I released the Foliage Mod WordPress theme which included a Table of Contents (TOC) styled navigation block in the header. A recent post on ScriptyGoddess prompted me to upload the download & tutorial post straight away which is what you find here. In as little as 8 lines of […]

Designers, don’t give your work away for free

  • February 11th, 2007

Designers who receive email inquiries for work are undoubtedly familiar with emails from potential clients requesting additional background info, portfolio links, questions regarding previous jobs, or samples. For those that do receive these inquiries, never fall victim to "clients" requesting proposals on your behalf as a preliminary test proving your value and ability to deliver […]

Derek Punsalan…is experiencing progress

  • January 14th, 2007

Progress is finally being made on is.derekpunsalan.com. Let’s throw some bets down for expected update intervals – work permitting. There is a worthwhile story behind my decision to setup a second domain. We’ll save that discussion for a lengthier post.

Rip – White on top, charcoal black below

  • August 10th, 2006

Well this is pretty much the design. I really love the contrast of white on top and charcoal black. To the right under “pixellife” I will have the highlight content, downloads, projects, for easy access and noticeability. “Freshness” will hold short clips of just what ever. “Sourapples” is just some of my favorite links. […] […]

Lovely Blogs highlights "blog design"

  • July 2nd, 2006

Ben Bleikamp, also known for his entrepreneurship blog College Startup, has been hard at work coding and compiling his design community share Lovely Blogs. Now some may jump to conclusions stating that the only reason this post was created was to reciprocate the link of 5ThirtyOne on the Lovely Blogs pages, but I insist that […]