Friday, May 11th, 2012
Today is my last day at Wufoo / SurveyMonkey. I spent about one year at Wufoo after moving to Tampa, Florida, then we were acquired and moved to Palo Alto, California Then I spent about another year at SurveyMonkey, bouncing between the two products.
I’d say they were the best two years of my life.
I’ve worked with incredibly smart people whom I admire. I worked on products that I truly care about and that helped an enormous number of people. I’ve learned more about the web that I thought there was to know (and now realize how little I still know). I’ve grown in all ways. I’ve made friends for life.
Now I’ve decided it is time for me to move on and devote my time to my own projects for a while. After doing some travelling this summer, I’ll be spending a lot more time on CSS-Tricks. I have a list of videos I want to record and articles I want to write a mile long. I want to be making more demos. I want to be finishing the almanac. I want to make the gallery more useful. And before the year is out (hopefully much sooner) I want to do a v10 of the site.
I’m also working hard on a new project called CodePen with some good friends of mine. Hopefully that will be in public Beta soon and I’ll be able to share it with you all.
For the first time ever, I’ll be able to dedicate all my time toward making these personal projects as best as they can be. I’m pretty stoked to see where they are able to go. I’m also going to be losing a significant amount of income, so you might see me trying to sell a few things here and there. I’m also thinking about doing a Kickstarter for the big CSS-Tricks redesign, where the rewards start with access to screencasts of the entire process and going up from there. Not entirely sure exactly what I’ll do, that’s part of the fun!
UPDATE: I’m doing the Kickstarter thing!
Wednesday, May 9th, 2012
You know what they say: cheap tables and expensive chairs. I took that to heart with my cheap plastic fold-out banquet table and Herman Miller chair. I exclusively use one MacBook Pro, so my exact design and development environment comes with me wherever I go. At home at this desk, I have my Drobo for mega media storage and backup, a 27″ Cinema display, and super ergonomic Microsoft keyboard and Kensington trackball. Underneath, in the gross tangle of wires, is an APC power supply which has saved me through countless power outages. Albiet more often back in my Mac Pro days. The speakers are Harmon Kardon Soundsticks which sound and look wonderful. The printer is a WiFi enabled Brother laser printer which is the most recent addition and has convinced me to never go back to slow, expensive, garbage inkjets. The microphone is a rode podcaster set in a mini boom stand.