The defining thing about my life is my Christian faith. It shapes all that I do .
I started this blog to share helpful resources, software, and other Web sites that I have benefited from in my personal and professional life. I also created the site to be a “sandbox” so that I could play around with different design and development ideas.
Webcraftsman is not just my Twitter moniker. It describes me to a “t.” I put my heart and soul into every design I code. My craftsmanship is embodied in my style, dedication, and attention to detail.
I am a HTML/CSS expert with a passion for turning design concepts into engaging dynamic sites with super clean, thoughtful semantic markup.
I have a passion for the Web and love to keep up with the latest trends and techniques. I continually take action to learn and apply new things through books, blogs, podcasts, and conferences.
I enjoy empowering others with the knowledge and experience that I’ve gained. I’m a resource matchmaker – connecting clients and fellow practitioners with what they need to be successful.
Every Hero has a Back Story
I have always had an interest in computers. I remember taking summer classes in computers and a basic programming class my senior year of high school. But that was before the age of personal computers and the Internet.
I started tinkering with Web design in 1997. I learned basic HTML from a workshop I found in the Compuserve community. The foundation of my knowledge started with a book called Creating Cool HTML Websites. I am ashamed to admit that the first site I designed was in frames (ahh). That site was a precursor to our current ministry site (bridgforthfamily.com).
After spending 5 years working on a college campus , we moved to Orlando to work at the World Headquarters of Campus Crusade for Christ. During my first year in Orlando, I learned things about my gifting that gave me the confidence to pursue doing Web design and development with Campus Crusade.
After getting my feet wet with my first professional website, I started working on GodSquad. It was a great opportunity for me. I was able to use my ministry experience as a foundation for creative work on the Internet.
GodSquad is a site that resources students and volunteers that are launching and/or leading new Campus Crusade ministries. GodSquad is a lifeline for these leaders because there are no Campus Crusade staff on their campus. They connect with a staff coach through phone calls and occasional campus visits. GodSquad is a way to resource them 24/7 with Campus Crusade’s proven resources.
My Professional Skills
I hand coded the HTML on the first sites I worked with. FrontPage was the first WYSIWYG editor that I used. I quickly abandoned FrontPage for Macromedia Dreamweaver 3. Combined with Fireworks, I now had some powerful tools to realize my design ideas and concepts. I became a huge fan of Dreamweaver and used it on a daily basis until 2007. I went back to hand coding and primarily use Coda and Textmate.
I have been working with CSS for page layout since 2003. The first year was mainly learning through tutorials from Macromedia and trial and error. I also spent time away working on fund raising for my ministry role with Campus Crusade for Christ.
In May of 2005, I was very excited to implement my first site using CSS and XHTML for layout. I would consider my CSS knowledge and experience as advanced.
In 2007, I read Andy Clarke’s Transcending CSS. This book has had a huge influence on my practice. I am writing more semantic code and using as much of CSS 2.1 as a I can.