Pushing Pixels for Twenty Years

I was honored to speak to a group of aspiring web designers at Sacramento City College on April 29, 2021 via zoom. I talked about my career and what I wish I had known when I started out. I also received some really great questions for the students. It was super fun! Here are the slides…

Speaking at WordCamp Sacramento

The organizers were kind enough to send some picts of me during my talk. I presented on Plugins for WordPress during the beginner track on Saturday. Want to learn more about the event and attend next year? See  https://2017.sacramento.wordcamp.org. Want to see slides from my talk? If you want to learn a bit more about WordPress, check out the monthly WordPress Meetup group. To learn even more about WordPress check out my class at Sacramento City College (Graphic Communication 361.

Finding the Right Fonts

I love fonts almost as much as thrifting, which is a lot. But I do not love the paralyzing ache of searching through fonts and trying to make good pairings until your eyes cross and it looks like you’ve spelled your name wrong and are no longer sure if English is your first language. I like my thrift stores clean and restocked regularly and I like my fonts pre-paired.

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Web Books I’ve Actually Read

If you have taken my class you have likely heard me say that I prefer to learn by doing not from books and I feel like tech books become outdated too quickly in this field . Well, I have read some good books on web design but they are on concepts that are more long-lasting. Since students have asked for recommendations, here goes: Continue reading

WordCamp Sacramento is Near!

I’m very proud and excited to be a part of the organizing team for the first WordCamp Sacramento. As the Entertainment Director, I researched and am coordinating venues for our speaker/sponsor dinner and the event after party. We selected Ten22 for the dinner; they have a private dining room and a tasty, seasonal fixed menu for a decent price. The after party will be held at the River City Saloon in Old Sacramento. Continue reading

Analysis of the WordPress Stream Plugin

What is Stream?

Stream is a plugin for WordPress that tracks logged-in user activity organized by context, action and IP address for easy filtering. Developers can extend Stream with custom connectors to log any kind of action.

For non-techie folks it’s a list of all the activity on a site. Not of the activities of people who view the site, but those who build and maintain it.

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Brand & Logo for Let’s Play Chalet

After years of debating, shopping, discussion, and test runs at various vacation rentals my parents decided to purchase a vacation home; I am  overjoyed! I spent much of my childhood playing in the snow around “Aunt Lee’s Cabin” in Crestline (in the mountains above San Bernardino). It was a perfect easy getaway for our family when I was a kid, and I have many fond memories of the house and area. Continue reading

Join the WordPress Sacramento Slack Team


Add yourself to the Slack Team

What is Slack?

Slack is an online chat tool for teams. It replaces email in many ways, you can text, share files, add images, and you can have private rooms or public rooms for specific topics. The system stores all your conversations in one place that is searchable so a team member can easily catch up on the conversation. You can also have Slack alert you when your name or a keyword of interest is mentioned. It’s pretty cool and free for a limited version. Once you join one, you will likely join more.

Its a great place to get help with a tricky problem.


When Responding to an RFP – Don’t Do This

I often help companies define their business needs for their website and develop a scope of work or RFP to present to potential vendors. I usually stick around through the procurement process to ensure that it runs smoothly. After years of reading RFP’s and writing proposals it’s really interesting to be on the receiving end. If I could whisper to my younger self (and the other proposal writers out there) I’d share these mistakes to avoid. Continue reading

Nominate @Wits End for the Community Builder Award

A few months ago I had some free time on my hands and a need for some intellectual stimulation. It was a perfect opportunity to do some pro bono work. I discovered the website Catch a Fire, signed up and applied for a project. After a quick phone interview I was “hired” to create a scope of work for a website design for my new friend Tricia Slavik. Tricia is starting an online database to help connect parents and caregivers of children with mental illness to the RIGHT providers. This is a surprisingly difficult task for something so crucial and heart wrenching as the well being of our beloved children. Continue reading