Mentorship over merit badges

March 15th, 2024

“What is the path to success?” is a question I hear often from junior designers. My answer is simple: prioritize mentorship. As you begin your career, shift your focus from merely stacking your resume with skills and brand recognition, which can end up feeling like collecting trophies for display rather than real growth. Instead, look Mentorship over merit badges

Embrace the mess

February 4th, 2024

The truth is, innovation is messy. It doesn’t fit neatly into diamonds or any other shapes for that matter. It requires getting your hands dirty, building something tangible, and learning from real-world feedback. In the thick of genuine creativity, you might find yourself leaving layers unnamed or bypassing the use of auto layout in your Embrace the mess

Don’t be a career

January 27th, 2024

Reflecting on Steve Jobs’ insightful perspective on creativity, I find it echoes my own journey in design. My path has been shaped by intertwining different threads from various adventures, each one enriching my broader perspective. A career is so much more than just a job or a way to make a living. It’s a journey Don’t be a career

Custom discount price for products

May 9th, 2011

I’m not sure if anyone will ever have a need for this, but we had a random request from a client regarding price discounts in Shopp. Shopp has a built in discount function that you can set on a product by product basis, but we needed to show a 20% discount automatically based on the Custom discount price for products

WordPress: Display content based on time

April 30th, 2011

Post Date Here is a quick way to display content if a post was created within a certain timeframe. For example, if you wanted to mark a post as “new”, this is one way you could accomplish this. First we need to check the timestamp by using strtotime. This will compare the date of the post WordPress: Display content based on time

Show related posts by term value

April 7th, 2011

Here’s another quick tip. I needed to create a simple WordPress query that would find related posts tagged with the same term as the current post. Also, I needed to make sure it wouldn’t include the current post in the return. This worked for me, but feel free to offer suggestions that can make this Show related posts by term value

WP: Query by taxonomy value

April 6th, 2011

Here’s a simple way to create a custom query for posts by term value. It’s pretty straight forward but if you see a way to improve it, feel free to let me know.

Wishlist Member: Membership Level

March 31st, 2011

Have you ever wanted to display different content based on Wishlist Member levels in WordPress? I did. After starting development on a recent project using WLM, I had a hard time finding documentation for specific hooks or functions. I even tried contacting the dev team, but never received a reply… and their documentation is pretty much non-existent. Basically Wishlist Member: Membership Level

WordPress Taxonomies: Displaying terms as text

March 29th, 2011

While using custom post types on a recent site, I ran into a situation where I wanted to list the terms(taxonomies) associated to a post. The function get_the_terms worked great, but I wanted to list the terms as text and not URLs. The first thing that came to mind was to use “strip_tags”, but that WordPress Taxonomies: Displaying terms as text

Mobile Friendly WordPress Development

January 15th, 2011

A few months back I was searching for a good solution for optimizing a WordPress theme for mobile use. I didn’t find anything that great as far as plug-ins go, so I moved into searching for a simple php function that might work and I ran across this solution on It did almost everything I wanted Mobile Friendly WordPress Development

It’s time to Shopp

December 16th, 2009

I was recently given the opportunity to develop an eCommerce site for a client of mine.  I had developed a few eCommerce sites previously, all on different platforms, but for this project we wanted to go with WordPress as the CMS, and so my mind started to ponder back to eCommerce plug-ins I had used It’s time to Shopp