Since 2005, I've worked professionally to apply my UX/UI design and front-end development skills toward non-profit, enterprise, education, and ecommerce web products. I currently work as a Principal Product Designer for GoDaddy in Austin, TX.
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Video-based guitar tutorials & song instruction
In November 2013, feeling inspired by the YouTube stars Justin Sandercoe and Marty Schwartz, I began creating high quality video lessons to accompany and enrich the content my Song Notes website. I've created over 150 lessons so far, with over 80k subscribers and over 10 million total views across all videos.
Interactive web-based fretboard for guitar, ukulele, and bass
Curated digital songbook & video lessons
I designed & developed Song Notes to help me share my growing collection of curated guitar tabs, chords, lyrics, and video lessons with aspiring musicians across the world. To do this, I built a Rails-powered CMS that feeds my hand-crafted song metadata snippets into a carefully designed framework that was built to support the structure of any song. The content for each song entry is hand-crafted by me personally, ensuring a high-quality, consistent, and media-rich experience that works for today's web-native audience.
Personal songwriting project & SoundCloud playground
Firefly Grove is a personal songwriting project showcasing 9 lo-fi folk songs I wrote & recorded dating back to 2008-2009. From a technical viewpoint, I used this project as an opportunity to introduce myself with the Soundcloud API & SDK while also writing some jQuery layout solutions from scratch.
Ultra-lightweight HTML/CSS starter kit
Wisp is an ultra-lightweight HTML framework to help you quickstart any project or rapid prototype. Quite simply, it sets up a generic project directory with an index.html file already linked to the usual CSS and jQuery resources. For simple projects where Rails or the HTML5 Boilerplate is overkill, Wisp helps you hit the ground running without any overhead.
Combine multiple animated GIFs with YouTube audio
iTunes podcast search, made easy
Inspired by Marco Arment's Preview.fm project, I created PodCrawler to give users an elegant and no-nonsense experience for searching iTunes podcasts. PodCrawler was built on Rails, using the Feedzirra and iTunes-API gems to retrieve and parse feeds. If you are ever in quick need of the website, RSS feed, or iTunes address of a podcast – there's no better tool for the job than PodCrawler.
A curated podcast mixtape of my favorite episodes
In early 2015, I built Pots Podcast Picks in order to more easily share my favorite podcast episodes with friends and family. My curated selection of favorite episodes is available not just through a website, but also through an RSS feed and even the iTunes Podcast directory. Using Jekyll as a publishing tool, any new episode I add is immediately made available through these means. Now, friends and family need only subscribe to my curated feed once with their podcast app of choice – and can easily find the latest episode I can't stop raving about.
Here is a collection of occasional blog posts & random snippets I've written in the past. Many of the front-end posts below are aimed toward those initially exploring the world of rapid prototyping using Rails, Git, Heroku, Jekyll, etc.
Practice Tip for Hammering on with G and Cadd9
April 26, 2017
Practice tip: walking between E & A & B7
February 26, 2017
Practice tip: playing the A-chord with one finger
February 13, 2017
Guitar lesson for Get Well Cards by Conor Oberst
September 17, 2016
Ukulele lesson for the Gravity Falls theme song
April 13, 2016
Ukulele lesson for 'Take On Me' by A-ha
April 2, 2016
Ukulele lesson for 'Waltzing Matilda'
March 8, 2016
Ukulele lesson for 'Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters' by Elton John
February 18, 2016
Ukulele lesson for 'Surrender' by Cheap Trick
February 9, 2016
Guitar lesson for 'Dark Side of the Moon' by Chris Staples
December 31, 2014
Ukulele tabs for 'Wake Up' by Arcade Fire
September 1, 2014
Ukulele tabs for 'Hook' by Blues Traveler
August 18, 2014
Ukulele tabs for 'Sweet Home Alabama' by Lynyrd Skynyrd
August 12, 2014
Overcast Reactions from Day #1
July 17, 2014
Heroku Setup for Static HTML
April 8, 2014
Guitar Fretboard: from ASCII to SVG
January 23, 2014
Setting up Jekyll, Compass, and Github Pages
June 24, 2013
Rails Basics: Adding a Dropdown Resource to a Model
April 4, 2013
Rails Basics: Intro to has_many :through
April 2, 2013
Rails Basics: Nested Models
March 30, 2013
Rails Basics: Adding a Column to a Table
March 29, 2013
Git Basics: Adding a Rails Project to Github
March 21, 2013
Rails Basics: Setting Up a Homepage
March 19, 2013
DC Metro Widget for Android
October 3, 2010