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Archive: Sep 2011

  1. I work at YourHosting

    Over the past 2 weeks I’ve been in talks with YourHosting, Holland’s largest shared hosting provider located in Zwolle. After a couple of interesting and positive discussions, they came back with an offer which I happily agreed to, meaning that from November 1st, I will be in Zwolle helping to improve their site’s design, work flow, usability and overal general perception. I’m looking forward to it. It’s certainly going to be a welcomed change to my daily ins-and-outs at Bonobos where I’ll be going from pixel-pushing literally thousands of sites in as short amount of time as possible, to striving to improve, test and get the absolute best out of a few single, well thought through and unique sites.

    It’s been fun, though at times a bit of bumpy ride during my 2 years at Bonobos. One thing’s for sure, I’ll definitely be missing the people and the laughs. I’m sure I’ll be meeting new and great people with whom I’ll also be able to share plenty more laughs with at YourHosting, but I know I’ll be keeping in touch one way or another with a few from the horny monkey company.

    With that being said: Cya and thanks Bonobos, and hello YourHosting!

  2. I’ve joined Elance

    AbsoluteB was redesigned, redeveloped and optimized to attract and grab the attention of potential clients looking for a creative designer or a proficient front-end developer (read: me) to take part in an already ongoing projects or to take on a project from start to finish from scratch. So far, AbsoluteB has gotten a lot of really positive feedback, even being accepted as a nominee for a Site of the Day Awwward and currently rating a 8.8 from visitor votes! But results from SEO can sometimes take time and isn’t always guaranteed seeing as it isn’t really an exact science. So in an effort to get the ball rolling sooner, I’ve created an account on Elance. Elance is like 99Designs (where I also have an account) except rather than taking on a project and doing all the work with only the hope that you win the intensive competition and gain anything for your work, Elance is an actual platform for businesses and contractors and freelancers to find each other on a level playing field where a proposal are made by either party and can be accepted or turned down.

    So here’s hoping that it turns up something positive. Of course if you’re intrigued by my work just by visiting my site and viewing my portfolio, then you’re obviously more than welcome to contact me through the contact form in the footer!

  3. It’s taken a while. It’s taken a very long while; conceptualizing in my head, on paper, trying things, hating them, starting over, liking it a little more, etc. But that’s the problem when you design something for yourself; you’re insanely critical of your own work and you’ll sooner beat the sanity out of yourself than accept that something is finished or a good idea. But above all, I simply was not being able to create time to spend on v.8. But it’s here and I’m glad it’s done.

    The new takes everything I’ve learnt from the past 12 years of designing into account. HTML5, CSS3, SEO, JQuery, IE bug fixes, cross platform compatibility, etc, it’s all in here. (but please, forgive me if you do stumble on any bugs. Just let me know so I can go ahead of fix it.)

    With the launch of my new site, I guess it’s only fitting that I acknowledge that it’s time to move on and away from Bonobos. It’s been 2 years of pixel-pushing production work accompanied with some good times and fun, creative colleagues as well as many, many lessons I’ll certainly be taking with me. I’ll be sticking around till my contract which runs out December 1st, unless I find something else before then, in which case I’ll be leaving sooner.

    Without turning this first post on the new site into a somber one, it should be said that I’m really excited to discover what’s out there. I haven’t really looked much these past 2 years and all this chatter about the economy being in shambles doesn’t really phase me (yet) so I’m curious to see where I’ll end up and what I’ll even be doing in 3 months. Nothing like going head-first into the unknown!