Why I’ve Changed My Mind About CSS Frameworks (but Not Javascript)

Last year, when I was brushing up on some of my web development skills, I wrote: But, a lot has changed with both CSS and Javascript that I missed out on. CSS flexbox and grid are now vastly improved layout techniques. New versions of Javascript starting with ES6 were huge leaps forward. And most importantly, browser support isn’t such a big challenge anymore. Consolidation in the browser market along with auto-updating browsers and more advanced mobile browsers have led to more or less every browser… Continue reading


When Skills Accidentally Get Stuck in Time

One of my goals after I caught up on my programming projects was to brush up on my web development skills, particularly CSS and Javascript. One of the things that tends to happen when you’ve been around for over a decade in a rapidly changing industry is that your skills get “stuck in time” at the point in time when you developed the systems that you’re currently using. Our last big redesign for Detailed Image was our responsive redesign in 2013. Shortly before that, we… Continue reading


Talking Your User’s Language

Yesterday I got an email from my local bank about some future changes they’ll be making to their website. One of those changes will be a responsive design. The part that struck me was that a small local bank actually wrote that the new site “will be mobile responsive.” I’m sure internally they referred to the new design as responsive, and that pretty quickly everyone involved learned what a responsive design was. But – do most customers of this local bank have any idea what… Continue reading


New (Last-Minute) Pure Adapt Site

Last Friday, the Albany Business Review wrote a story about us in conjunction with naming us to their Fastest Growing Companies List. Towards the end of the phone call that I had with the reporter last Monday, I casually asked “when will our story be published?” I was hoping for a few weeks. Instead, I got Friday. The reason that I wanted a few weeks of time was because I wanted to get our Pure Adapt, Inc site updated. The site was in desperate need… Continue reading


The Inside Scoop Behind The New SportsLizard

My heart started racing back in March when I saw a post from the Official Google Blog entitled A second spring of cleaning. Like many others, I wasn’t too happy about the loss of Google Reader. But that’s not what had me worried. The thought that crossed my mind was “this is finally the end of SportsLizard.” I opened the post (in Google Reader ironically) and confirmed my worst fears. Before I finish the story of that day and explain what led to yesterday’s relaunch,… Continue reading


HTML5 or Native Apps? Why We Chose HTML5 for LockerPulse. Plus – Our Awesome New Shirts

Over on the popular Speckyboy Design Magazine I wrote a guest post entitled Why We Chose HTML5 Over Native Apps that went up yesterday.  I go in to detail about why HTML5 was a better choice for LockerPulse.  I had been itching to write the post for a while.  I wanted to get it out to a large designer/developer audience, and also hopefully get a little pub for LockerPulse.  I contacted Paul over at Speckyboy, one of my favorite web design sites, and he agreed… Continue reading


On the LockerPulse Blog: Making HTML5 and Responsive Design Work for Web Apps Like LockerPulse

Over on the LockerPulse Product Blog I wrote an in-depth post about the design and development of the new LockerPulse.  One of the big decisions we made early on was to build one single HTML5 app for all devices.  A big part of making that work is using CSS3 media queries to do what’s called “responsive design.”  Early on we realized that responsive design, while awesome, still has plenty of limitations.  This post dives in to the challenges and how we solved them. It’s probably… Continue reading


New Pure Adapt Site and…We’re Hiring!

Over the years we’ve unfortunately neglected the website. Aside from changing a few bits of information, we hadn’t updated the design since the 2008 redesign. For better or worse there’s always been something more important to work on, and the old site got the job done, so we just left it. However, as we started to discuss our hiring plan, we realized that the Pure Adapt website all of a sudden became a more important piece of the puzzle. We needed something that showcased… Continue reading


New Blog Design

About six months ago I decided it was time to start working on a new design. I had, what I thought, was a crazy cool idea. Of course, I never got around to it because, well, my blog design isn’t really that important in the grand scheme of things. This weekend I decided to sit down and take the little that I had done over that six months and put together a new theme. I didn’t much stick to the original idea because I realized… Continue reading


A Big Week for LockerPulse

Last week we completed our revamp of LockerPulse. On Wednesday we launched our re-design, on Friday we completed our source project, and I spent the last few days tying up a few loose ends and debugging a few minor issues. By my count, in total there were about 40 changes – design/UI improvements, feature improvements, and fixed bugs – and 567 new news sources added, bringing the total number of sites that we’re indexing to around 1400. If you’re interested in checking out the Premium… Continue reading