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Onward State, Onward State,
Roar, Lions, Roar!
We’ll hit that line, roll up the score,
Fight on to victory evermore,
Fight on, on, on, on, on!

So a bunch of luminaries from the Penn State blogosphere and #PSUtwitter got the itch and decided to start a new blog. For some reason, they let me tag along.

I couldn’t be more excited to share Roar Lions Roar with you.

I’ll be writing some, but mostly overseeing the tech and design of the site. My job will be really easy, thanks to the platform that the guys at Eleven Warriors are sharing with us, and the designs that the incredibly talented Sean Baker of Superboss has contributed.

Here’s my first piece for the site: a preview of the insanely talented and deep wide receiving corps.

Go check the site, sign up for a free account, and cop a shirt.

This is gonna be fun.

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My entry in Technical.ly’s “How I Work” interview series.

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Good error messaging puts a user back in control when things go wrong. It aligns expectations and calms the user by giving them a sense of context around what happened. Good error messaging is informative and jargon-free. It is not engineer-speak. It empowers the user by either telling them how to fix the problem or what they can expect to happen next.

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In which I discuss my favorite frites in Old City, flub the “favorite band” question and note that life’s too short for crappy software.

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Fewer flat comps, more iterative design in the browser. Fewer fixed canvases, more room for elasticity. You ultimately realize that the harder you squeeze and hold on to old workflows, the quicker things slip through your fingers. And yet, an ugly solution that “works” on all devices is no better than a beautiful one that doesn’t.

Here’s what I wrote to introduce the new, responsive essentiacreative.com website, which I led development on. (They’ve since rebranded as Shiny.)

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Writer and content strategist Stephanie Hay on writing compelling content. LenDamico.com is cited on slide 20.

A POSITIVE EXAMPLE: Len Damico. I know what he does BEYOND just “design websites,” clearly and thanks to his use of active voice, plus what he wants me to do. He exudes confidence, humble-ness, and demonstrates that he THINKS about the different facets of a successful design – not just the skill sets required.

The fact that she just gave this talk at SxSW makes me a little tingly. Thanks, Stephanie! Glad you enjoyed it! And thanks, too, to Courtney from M for pointing it out!

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