→ Designmatters Alumni Spotlight

This month, I was honored to be spotlighted as an alumni on the website of Designmatters, Art Center’s design for social change initiative.

I talked about some of my experiences in college and the path my career has taken so far, from moving to the island of Grenada and working remotely as a front-end dev for ThreeDev there to my current role at iEARN-USA in Manhattan.

iEARN Tech Office

This fall, we did some cleaning, organizing, and re-shuffling of the iEARN-USA office in Manhattan. It ended up making sense for the tech team to move into its own corner of the office, so I got a chance buy some furniture and craft up a new space for us.

I’m trying to be better about posting more, so here’s a photo from my iPhone because waiting until I bring my DSLR into the office will mean I’ll never post this. It’s nothing magazine worthy, but it makes me a bit more proud to come in and work here every day.

iEARN Tech Office

And now the linkroll – in the photo you can see posters from Ugmonk and United Pixelworkers, a coffee mug from Art Center, a tote from Circles Conf, my beloved chotskies from MailChimp and the Brooklyn Cyclones, and these desks my co-worker picked out for us from BlueLounge.

P.S. If you want to come work with us, we have openings for a full-time Tech Coordinator and a Tech Intern.

→ Professional Homepage

My wife is a medical student and applying for a pediatric residency this year. I put together a simple homepage for her on her own domain.

I believe that it makes sense for anyone, even med students, to own and publish their own content on the web. #IndieWeb

→ Heroes Often Go a Lifetime with No Recognition

Tyler Braun:

When I meet with someone for the first time over coffee one of my common questions is to ask what the person would like to accomplish in the next 5 years … Amazingly, no one has ever answered by saying, “I’d like to do something hard that no one will know about.”

Gulp. That was convicting. Time to get back to work.

1995 Suzuki Escudo For Sale in Grenada

Price: EC $10,000 Sold!

1995 Red Suzuki Escudo

Our time at SGU is ending soon and we’re selling our Escudo before leaving the island. The car has reliably started every day, been regularly maintenanced and driven great on multiple trips around the whole island.

  • Passed inspection on March 25th
  • Right hand drive
  • Automatic Transmission
  • 2 doors, 4 passengers
  • 4 wheel drive
  • 277,000 km
  • Oil, oil filter, transmission fluid and transmission filter changed within last month
  • Fuel filter changed within last year
  • Front tires < 2 years old
  • Rear tires < 1 years old
  • Power locks and windows
  • CD player / FM radio
  • No A/C

Interested? Contact Tyler at (473) 449-0187 or hello@tylerpaulson.com.

→ Some Will Seek Forgiveness, Others Escape

Beautiful raw video by Nervous Energies of Aaron Gillespie playing “Some Will Seek Forgiveness, Others Escape” acoustic.

There’s a lot of songs / artwork / films that have moved me, but only a handful I can sincerely say have pulled me through a time in my life.

This song is one of them.

→ Front-end Performance

In addition to soaking up as much knowledge as I can about CSS architecture, I’ve spent a ton of time recently learning more about front-end performance.

Harry Roberts excellently rounds up and explains here in detail a lot of the strategies I’ve picked up over the last few months, plus a few more. He covers markup structure, parallelisation, prefetching, gzipping and minifying, among other things.

Definitely a must read for anyone diving into this topic.

→ CSS Architecture

One of the things I love most about the work I do is that I’m constantly learning.

As I work on web applications long-term more and more and my role shifts from being a “designer who can develop” to a “front-end developer with a background in design”, writing better CSS is constantly on the front of my mind.

And by better, I mean CSS that scales across an application more easily and presents content more beautifully on more devices, both past, present and future.

I’ve been soaking up as much knowledge as I can. There’s been a lot written about this subject lately, but Jonathan Snook’s book and Harry Roberts' article Code smells in CSS have stuck out as being especially helpful to me.