Archive for December, 2008

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#AJAX, #JavaScript, #jQuery, #php, #Web Design

jQuery AJAX Form Submission

I’ve never been much of a programmer; and I’m probably unusually intimidated by JavaScript. I can’t explain its effect on me, considering what I’ve tackled with php (which, I suppose is arguably pretty simple and inefficient stuff), but it’s not something I’m proud of.

At any rate, this week I decided to tackle a bit of a problem that has been bothering me for as long as I’ve had the current design on my portfolio site.
The portfolio side of things exists as a single page site with work samples, a little information, and a contact form. The contact form would require that you reload the page upon submission in order to process and send the message, which always seemed like a jarring experience from a user interaction perspective.
In order to solve that problem, my solution was the ever popular: AJAX.

I’ve used some jQuery plugins in the past, so I was familiar with the framework; after doing some reading and thinking about compatibility with my current setup, I decided that jQuery’s built in AJAX implementation, and animation effects, would be just about perfect for my needs. Why? Because the jQuery framework is incredibly useful to me, as a designer, with little time for figuring out how to implement all of these fancy user interactions with JavaScript. Plus, it’s the framework I use for everything.

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#Jason Santa Maria, #Web Design, #WYSIWYG

For all of the advantages the web has with distribution of content, I’ve always lamented the handiness of the WYSIWYG design tools from the print publishing world. When I set out to redesign my personal website, I wanted to have some of the same abilities that those tools have, laying out pages how I saw fit, and that meant a flexible system for dealing with imagery.

Jason Santa Maria, 24 Ways: Making Modular Layout Systems

#Ignorance, #Kurt Vonnegut, #Wisdom

Beware of the man who works hard to learn something, learns it, and finds himself no wiser than before… He is full of murderous resentment of people who are ignorant without having come by their ignorance the hard way.

Kurt Vonnegut