A Busy Week

I spent the last week working on two projects: the “Learning HTML and CSS Livelessons” and editing the Sams Teach Yourself Bootstrap in 24 Hours book.

It was both one of the most fun weeks I’ve ever spent and also one of the scariest (at least at first). I have never been in front of a camera before, and I spent 6-8 hours a day on Monday through Wednesday right there. Luckily Pete and his dog Shorty were there to put me at ease. It ended up being a lot of fun.

Now, of course, I have a bunch more work to both catch up from being gone for several days and some update work to get the website ready for the videos. This LiveLessons series is intended to help people learn enough HTML and CSS to get a website up and running and looking good. I’m hoping that if this project does well, I can do another on something like CSS to go into more depth on how to use CSS and style really fancy pages.

Sams Teach Yourself Bootstrap in 24 Hours
Sams Teach Yourself Bootstrap in 24 Hours

And I also got the first 50% of the technical and copy edits for the Bootstrap book. And I got the second 50% right after I got back. I’m hoping the second half is fairly error free (as far as we have found) like the first half. And as always, any errors that make it into the final book are my fault not my copy editor or tech editor (thanks Jon!)

One of the biggest challenges of writing a book about Bootstrap is that I find myself wanting to convert every site I look at to Bootstrap. I finally upgraded this site to Bootstrap just this week. And I’ve converted a couple of other sites I manage as well. But let me tell you, even as the author of the book, my clients don’t all want to do a huge redesign just because Bootstrap rocks. Oh well, their loss.

What’s Next?

My next project is finishing up a book on web publishing. That should be fun, and hopefully pretty quick. After that, who knows? If you have any ideas, let me know!


No More Napkins

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve grabbed a napkin or piece of scrap paper and scribbled out a mockup for a design idea I have. I have done this with clients, for my own sites, even for ideas that come to me at midnight. But now Adobe has released an app that lets me scribble my ideas on my iPad and they appear as a tidy mockup like magic. And it even pastes in placeholder text without my needing to.

I had the opportunity to play with the new comp designer from Adobe, Adobe Comp CC, and it’s a lot of fun, but what I found most enjoyable was how easy it was to draft a quick mockup. And instead of looking like horrible stick-figure sketches, Adobe Comp converts them into nice, sharp mockups. I can even include my own images that I’ve uploaded to the Adobe cloud.

But I find Comp hard to explain in writing, so I’ve created this video for you to see what I mean.