This site has nothing to do with livers. However, that is how I decided upon this domain name. I couldn't find any nice short domain names that weren't already taken. In frustration I tried typing in "liver" backwords. It worked, it's short, and I like it.
This site is basically my development play ground. It actually started out as a 24 hour challenge to build a website with:
- Source Control
This challenge was interesting because I had never used Codepen or Jeckyll before. That being said, since I did everything in less than 24 hours, you may see some rough edges in my initial design and commit to GitHub.
Anyways, now I just use the site as a dumping ground for my experiments.
This was my general process for this project:
If you noticed some similarity between this and the User Centered Design process, you wouldn't be wrong. Though, since I was the user, this simplified things greatly. However, there were several things I would have liked to do, but did not have the time.
This was fairly easy since I knew what I wanted to do and was not responsible to any stakeholders aside from myself. So I outlined a general plan and decided to use a few technologies I knew and a few I didn't. For example, I had been wanting to play with Codepen for a while now and someone I know recommended I play with Jekyll.
To make it even easier, I decided to only code for modern browsers. :D
You can see my general plan in the above section.
To start, I usually like to create mockups to work out the ideas. Sometimes I use the pen & paper approach and sometimes I'll use mockup software like Balsamiq Mockups; whichever makes more sense for the scope and size of the project. For example, I sketched a couple thoughts out for this website:
I usually start this out with prototyping. For this project, I used Codepen. You can find the prototype for this site (and more) at my Codepen profile.
You'll notice some really nice imagry in the above Codepen. I did not make those due to my time constraint (and I probably couldn't make anything that nice). But, since I needed a couple assets I went out to a stock asset company, shutterstock.com, where I can find what I need for a nominal price. Specifically I bought these:
- "geometrical stylized liver" – by Greeen
- "3d render medical illustration of the liver - back view" – by Maya2008
This site is running on Ubuntu, hosted on a Rackspace Cloud Server, and uses Jekyll to build the website. You can see all the Jekyll stuff on my GitHub page for this project. Setting up the server was fairly pedestrian, so I won't waste your time with it.
A few things I learned
- Jekyll & Codepen are pretty neat.
- I should move this site from Rackspace to Amazon S3.
- If I am to continue with this website, I should rethink the information architecture.
- The first bullet point is an understatement.
Hi. My name is Patrick Hendricks and I'm from Portland, OR.
I am currently a Senior Software Engineer at Huron Consulting Group.
- Front-End Engineer
- User Experience & Usability
- Back-End Chops
I am an active grappler with a 3rd degree black belt in Judo (USJF). I also practice Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Wrestling among other things.
Here are some of the things I like to do in this realm: