No, not me. I’m still between jobs, still looking, but I’m not letting it get me down. I’m keeping my brain active, playing around with cool Web technologies like jQuery and Flex. It’s fun.
In addition to learning new tools, I’m building my portfolio. This is something I wouldn’t have considered a year ago, but recently I’ve been working on a few interesting websites. Of course, you already know about VGVA.com. All it needs now is routine maintenance and content update, with the occasional new theme. I’ve got a few ideas for improvements, but for now it looks nice and it works.
Also finished earlier this month, a project I hadn’t mentioned before: http://loucrockett.com. This is the portfolio of a friend of mine, originally done all in Flash. Problem was, the code was old and failing in most modern browsers; since I didn’t know Flash and the original developer was unavailable, I decided to re-implement it in PHP. The functionality’s just the same, minus some pretty eye candy, plus a couple of little extra features. I bet there are lots of other tricks I could do to make it even prettier, once I get the hang of jQuery.
Which is not gratuitous or useless. I’m just showing off my skills, is all.
Third: Team Vancouver. I’ve been working on this site quite a bit in the last few weeks; the design’s not done yet, but we’re well on our way. I tell you, there’s no feeling like looking at a half-finished design and suddenly seeing how it’ll all come together in the end. Instead of the blah green design, I took my inspiration from the new Team Vancouver uniforms and put together a kicky blue palette with sharp lime green accents, that has zing and pizazz and all sorts of “z” words. Add a revision of the site structure and content, a reshuffling of the layouts, and we’ll have ourselves a site that’s fun, fresh and eminently usable.
So that’s what I’m up to lately. Once I get all that out of the way, I’ll have time to really get cracking on redesigning this blog.