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Everything I post up from the staples, design, photo and video to plenty of smaller projects and ideas that won’t make the main pages of the portfolio or other things I’m trying out.

skier turning in powder at Alpine Meadows

Squaw Shred Report

As the winter is starting to ramp up I got out at Alpine Meadows to shoot a weekly piece they do know as the shred report, it often focuses on new terrain so this week we got on Roundhouse with a few buddies and we lapped around with a GoPro.

The new shipment of cameras hasn’t come in yet so it’ll be interesting to see how the 8 do against shooting this on the 7 with the karma grip but we have plans to do a few more of these as the season progresses.

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Ben Comber Landing Page

A very long time ago I was helping Ben out to build a snowboard site, so between 2010 and 2014 it was a functional site but it’s been left to hang out and languish, so we threw together something a little more exciting for a landing page. It’s really just a fun little usage of the CurtainJS tech but maybe someday we will continue to build on this and do something exciting.

The screenshot really does no justice of what this is so check it out over at BenComber.com

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new zealand tour guide website running on a laptop

NZ Tour Guide Propsal​

I have been hosting the NZ Tour Guide website for a number of years, it’s a pretty simple one page site that to save costs we had grabbed a theme from Woo Themes and let it free into the world, except that was built on some code that just isn’t doing too hot on the lighthouse scores, 57 / 100 performance in particular was concerning to me.

So in between a couple of projects, I looked at how I could update the site in a pretty quick and easy way using some new technologies including stripping out the entire WordPress CMS and just writing some HTML, CSS and JS before compressing it through Webpack. Currently, I wouldn’t say this site is perfect but it is ready to send out to see if this is a direction we should go down, as the lighthouse scores are currently showing 100 / 100 for Performance.

There a couple of cool little things, the margins expand with an Intersection Observer and the images also parallax slightly in a way that lets me keep them in the HTML, I don’t like background CSS images, as it means I have a harder time working on responsive image and dropping in the webp images like I have here and without using scroll events to keep the performance up.

Hopefully this becomes something we finish up but for now it’s sitting at https://auksas.nztourguide.co.nz

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Now

After traveling the Western US during the first part of 2019 I’m back n Tahoe City, CA where I jumped in on a studio with a couple of other creatives. Spending most of my days working web development and building on the intersection of the technologies available and the design background I have as I keep seeing work that is not pushing both. I see a lot of good graphic designers stuck in the box model of sites from five years ago so even if the developers are using the new tech they are not doing all it can because they are give box model designs.

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