Tag Archives: Web Development

Designing in my sleep

I’ve been creating and working with websites for about the past 8 years or so. Most recently, I started the first stages of designing a site for the library where I work.

Last night, I had my first web design dream. In fact, I had a small web design revelation last night — while I was sleeping. In my dream, I was working on the library website and I came up with what I think is a pretty good design idea. It wasn’t a big idea, just one for a particular aspect of the design. Is it conceited to be impressed with an idea your subconscious came up with?

Dreaming is something that I very much enjoy doing. Quite often, I find the experience similar to watching a really good movie. Be it conceited or not, the idea I had last night was a good one and I got a kick out of dreaming it into existence.

A new face for Bloy Designs

Today I finished a new design for the site that showcases my web design work, www.BloyDesigns.com.

BloyDesigns.com screenshot

I’ve been meaning to give that site an overhaul for a while now. The new version makes much better use of screen real estate, which was my goal to begin with. I’m pleased with how it turned out. Although I understand there currently is a display problem with a certain, outdated Microsoft browser for the Mac (which shall not be named). Hopefully I’ll have that fixed soon.

Oh and in case anyone’s interested, the panoramic picture at the top is Plum Lake in beautiful northern Wisconsin.

Update: February 9, 2007
As of today, the domain BloyDesigns.com no longer exists.
Information about my web development work can be found on my resume.

Mixed Nuts Comedy

Mixed Nuts Comedy screenshot

A new web creation of mine, Mixed Nuts Comedy, went live today. To read a little about the creative process behind the site, check out its page in my portfolio on www.BloyDesigns.com.

Update: February 9, 2007
As of today, the domain BloyDesigns.com no longer exists.
Information about my web development work can be found on my resume.

NCA Wisconsin

NSC Wisconsin screenshot

Today I unveiled my latest web creation. It’s a site for the Wisconsin Region of the National Cathedral Association.

If you’re interested in a brief description of how I created it, take a look at my portfolio on www.BloyDesigns.com.

Update: February 9, 2007
As of today, the domain BloyDesigns.com no longer exists. Information about my web development work can be found on my resume.

Bloy Designs, Couch Commander

Couch Commander screenshot

I’ve got a pretty good excuse why I haven’t posted anything here in a while. I’ve been busy working on a couple of web sites, which were just unveiled over the past few days. The first, www.BloyDesigns.com, is a site I set up to showcase my web design work. I created the other site, CouchCommander.com, for a stand up comedian I know.

In other news, today is Earth Day. Remember Mother Earth as you go about your life. Please do everything you can to keep her healthy and beautiful.

Update: February 9, 2007
As of today, the domain BloyDesigns.com no longer exists.
Information about my web development work can be found on my resume.

Barstool Sportsmen

Barstool Sportsmen screenshotThis week I unveiled my latest web creation, Barstool Sportsmen which is now up and running live.

Thanks to Mike (one of the Barstool Sportsmen) the idea has been planted in my brain to set up a web site for my free lance web design work. Hopefully that’ll be up in the next few months.


Now with XHTML

It may not look much different, but this site has now been re-tooled with XHTML. In addition to the changes under the hood, I also took one of the better dynamic javascript menus on the net and modified it for use on this site (look for it in the upper right hand corner of most of the interior pages). Many thanks to Peter-Paul Koch for his excellent web site QwirksMode and his outstanding DHTML menu which he makes available.

And if you’re not interested in web design stuff, take a look at my about me page. There you’ll find some interesting info on the origin of the Bloy name which I posted recently.

First XHTML design

Oak Creek Library screenshotLast week I unveiled a redesign of the web site for the Oak Creek Public Library.

It’s my first site design using XHTML and it also features a layout done completely with cascading style sheets. In this age of information, it’s especially important for public libraries to have web sites which are accessible to anyone, including those with disabilities. Using these two technologies allowed me to create such a site (plus it gave me a good excuse to really delve into XHTML).

Css-discuss list

An new e-mail discussion list for web designers started last week. Css-discuss is a list devoted to discussions of cascading style sheets and their use in web design. I’ve only been subscribed to the list a few days, but I’ve already learned more from css-discuss in a couple of days than I’ve learned from other e-mail lists in months. Kudos to CSS guru and List Chaperone Eric Meyer. Nice job.

Now if I just had some more time to read all those e-mails…