This site is now at its 4th official version. It has evolved from being very centered on Macromedia Fireworks (now Adobe Fireworks) to what I want it to be now which is, focused primarily on WordPress as a platform to create all kinds of Web sites. I already tackle a broader range of topics than I used to and that range will get broader still… Damn the blogging gurus that advise to keep a blog subject narrow. That’s not me. I’d get bored in no time. WordPress itself is a broad subject and is just a tool (even if the main one) in the toolset I use to serve my growing list of awesome clients. In short, I want the site to better reflect the “on building pixel worlds” slogan in the logo. I still love Fireworks. It’s just far from all I want to talk about.
More personal posts will probably seep through as well. The site’s original intent was really to be a blog by the traditional definition of the term as a personal Web log. That’s how it was at first although it was not run by a CMS or blogging software then. I’d like to get back to that in part. The photo gallery will be back as well as a portfolio of my work. I’m realizing that my “personal branding” seems even stronger than my business’. I want to leverage that as I grow that business to new heights… You see, like many others, building Web sites is a passion for me. So are helping clients with theirs as well as helping fellow Web workers on their journey. It may sounds cliché but this IS a never ending learning process and the fun is in the journey…
On how pixelyzed.com was created and built
The site’s original design and graphics were created and are maintained using Adobe Fireworks and the logo was designed in Illustrator. The design is NOT provided by a pre designed WordPress theme. The visuals were integrated into WordPress using the amazing WooThemes Canvas Premium theme framework. Custom CSS and PHP coding was done with Dreamweaver (yes, I still code with Dreamweaver, bite me! If I could, I’d still code in HomeSite!)
Regarding typography, the fonts used in the logo include NeoSans and Myriad Pro. Body copy (HTML text) was set using Droid Sans, my new fave body copy font on the Web. The color scheme was developed with the help of the incredible desktop version of Genopal Pro.
I took all the pictures that will appear in the soon to be revived gallery page using either my retired Canon S1IS camera or my iPhone 4S’ camera. Eventually, When I come around to recreating the gallery, I’ll add a lot of photos from our 2010 trip to Las Vegas including our half day helicopter trip to the Grand Canyon. I was lucky to take some pretty good shots there (lucky like, point the camera anywhere, get a great shot
Any questions you may have about this site, myself or my work, don’t hesitate to ask. I am a freelancer running a growing company with many informal partners that have complementary expertise to mine and are equally passionate about their work. I’m not alone and we can probably help you. Just contact me.
A little history of pixelyzed.com
This site has gone through many transformations since the original version went live in 2005. The original 1.0 version was up for a long time and many people complimented me on it. I look back at it rather fondly now but I decided to retire it when I converted the site to WordPress sometime in 2009. It was time to move on and I was sick of it at the time.
Version 2.0 (post WordPress) was transitional and there actually were 4 distinct versions if I take into account the 2 free themes I used immediately after converting the site to WordPress while I was learning the ropes (these would be like 2.0 beta . The “real” 2.0 version was on the Thesis framework for a while then was converted to Headway with slight changes in the design. In any case, version 2.0 was up too long and I was never satisfied with any of the iterations I’d designed myself to replace the original 1.0 design or the free themes… but client work took precedence and it stayed up. Until I put up version 3.0 in 2011.
I finally settled on a design I liked in June 2011 (and called it pixelyzed 3.0). The version that was up the longest was built with the Headway theme framework after version 2.0b had been powered by Thesis. I no longer use either frameworks for several reasons and now rely on either iThemes Builer or Woothemes Canvas. Version 3.0 was mostly an exercise in simplification of the layout and design and the process continues to version 4.0 which is quite similar but better IMO…
The current version 4.0 of the site is powered by Woothemes Canvas and I really think it’s the best version of this site yet! Like I said, it’s visually quite similar to 3.0 but the polish of the base Canvas theme shows through. I also simplified some things a little more. These are subtle changes but I really think they help. Under the hood and functionally, it’s a huge step forward from Headway 2.x. It’s a responsive theme with the kind of modern features that will push me to post more and with a wider variety of content types.
So I hope you like pixelyzed 4.0. Now that it’s done, I’ll concentrate on creating useful content again and hopefully post more often…