Ocala Web Designer thumbnailNo where, really, I have just been busy. I have been creating a new brand for myself: Ocala Web Designer. You like?

I figured that JessePearson.net didn’t really say, “I build websites!” so, I decided to get another domain name and create a new site. I wanted something dark and grungy, yet clean and slick. Since I am my biggest critic, I can say that I am not 100% happy with it, I just feel like there is something off about it and can’t quite put my finger on it. It is fine, though, I am sure I will do a re-design in my downtime.

I am hoping to go live today, I just need to finish up the content on a couple of the pages and maybe do a little more tweaking and it will be complete.

I just noticed it’s been a week since my last posting, and I wanted to follow up. The design for Outer Image is complete and the HTML/CSS template has been created, with a JavaScript image rotation in place, as well.

No, it didn’t take me that long to complete it, I had other things on my plate I was dealing with. Thank you very much.

This is is where I have gone. I am sure it’s only temporary, but it’s still a pain.

I am working for a client whose business is a sign shop. I met with him yesterday and he’s a pretty cool guy, we talked about his likes and dislikes about sites he’s seen on the web. I had shown him a previous site I built that used textures of old paper and the whole thing was rather dark and grungy, he liked it.

I started out in that direction with his site, getting some wood textures, then the ideas just started to flow. Make a sign, add some grass, then some dirt, and throw a rusty pipe in as the menu. And then it happened, I can’t envision how I want to complete the body of the page. I have this truly beautiful (if I do say so myself) head, and no body. Ugh.

Outer Image Inc

It’s been a week or so since my last post about finalizing my design and all, and now here I am, done (for the most part). The bugs have been worked out, but nothing is flawless, so one will probably creep in somewhere.

Some people have told me that my design is too graphically heavy, and they are somewhat right, but it’s the way I wanted to go. Who knows, in a few months, I may change it up to use more “white space”.  Other people have told me the design looks amazing and quite unique. All I know is I like it.

The HTML and CSS weren’t all the difficult to line up with the PSD I created, it was integrating my HTML and CSS into WordPress and its awkward page creation. I actually should say list (menu) creation, because the content in the page was actually fairly simple. With the lists, I actually had to toss in some JavaScript to get it to add some classes to get my CSS to hook in properly.

Now that the blog is complete, I can get the rest of the site up and running with my résumé, portfolio, etc. I can also focus more on learning more about OOP with PHP.