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HTML5 / jQuery
Responsive

The Square Apartments

HTML5 / jQuery
Wordpress
Responsive

Earthfolio

HTML5 / jQuery
Responsive

The Palmer Apartments

HTML5 / jQuery
Responsive

Airlines for America

HTML5 / jQuery
Wordpress
Responsive

Big World Small Planet

HTML5 / jQuery
Wordpress
Responsive

OnSpot Social

Logo / Interface Design
HTML5 / jQuery

Clariture Health

HTML5 / jQuery
Responsive

Griflan Design

Design
HTML5 / jQuery
PayPal eCommerce

My Custom Yoga Mat

Flash
Design
XML Content Management

MMH Photography

Design
Flash

iCarly Nintendo DS Game

Flash

M&Ms Transformers Microsite

Project List

Phoenix Media Group

Front-end Development, Wordpress, Responsive Design, Animation, Video

The Square Apartments

Front-end Development, Fully Responsive Design, Animation

Earthfolio

Front-end Development, Wordpress Integration, Responsive, Animation

The Palmer Apartments

Front-end Development, Fully Responsive Design, Animation

Airlines for America

Front-end Development, Fully Responsive Design, Animation

Big World Small Planet

Front-end Development, Wordpress Integration, Fully Responsive Design

OnSpot Social

Front-end Development, Wordpress Integration, Fully Responsive Design

Clariture Health

Logo Design, Interface Design, HTML5/jQuery Development

Griflan Design

Front-end Development, Fully Responsive Design, jQuery Animation

My Custom Yoga Mat

Design, HTML5/jQuery Development, Paypal eCommerce Integration

MMH Photography

Design, Flash Development, XML Integration

iCarly Nintendo DS Game

Menu Screen Design, Animation Prototype Development

M&Ms Transformers Microsite

Lead Flash Development, Artwork/Direction provided by G2 Interactive

Details

Details

Hi, my name is Justin. I hold a bachelor’s degree in graphic design and have become a seasoned programmer through years of practice and hair pulling. I am passionate about the design process just as much as I am the development. I thrive on learning and pushing the boundaries of my knowledge. My skill set is constantly evolving to explore all possible mediums for website development.

What I offer is the vision and know how to produce a great website. The technology I use to reach that goal is up to you. My strengths lay in the ability to combine the stages of design and development for a more cohesive approach. Whether it be laying out a page or coding it, the attention to detail is my highest priority. If you have something cooking that I might be able to help with, send me a quick message. Look forward to hearing from you.

Interface Design
HTML Programming
Javascript / jQuery
Responsive Design
Wordpress Integration
PHP Programming
Flash Animations
Branding Design

Mobile Web Designer's Idea Book Feature

JLern Design Mobile

Finalist in the 2012 Pixel Awards

JLern Design Website v.2

Web Designer's Idea Book 2 Feature

Melissa Marie Hernandez Website

HOW blog Top 10 Websites for Designers

Melissa Marie Hernandez Website

SXSW Interactive Winner: Best Portfolio

JLern Design Website v.1

Finalist in the 2007 Pixel Awards

JLern Design Website v.1

ADDE Scholarship Award

Advertising Club of Delaware

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Contact

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If you want to catch me in action, you can usually find me at one of my favorite coffee shops.

Portland, OR
Portland, OR

Coffee Shop Picks

Oui Presse

SE 18th & Hawthorne

Good Coffee

SE 12th & Salmon

Blend

Greeley & Killingsworth

Thoughts

Thoughts

Wanderlust and Photography

It's never too late to get inspired

Photography was always something I thought was fun, but it never went beyond iPhone pics that I would throw an Instagram filter on and call it a day. This past winter I spent some time around a distant cousin who is very into photography and when I compared my photos to his, I saw such a stark difference that it got me thinking. I already have a love for creative expression, but I haven’t explored real photography since college. The seed was planted and I had to buy a real camera. This was about 3 months ago and things have really escalated since then. I’ve fallen down the rabbit hole with accessories and lenses. I wake up every morning with an itch to get out and explore. Photography has begun to consume my creative mind and I’m loving every minute of it. I’ve always had a love for aesthetically pleasing images, but now I feel more control in producing the images I want to see. The world of photography has opened many doors to me and I wonder what took me so long to get here. Along with photography, I’ve felt a much stronger interest in exploring natural landscapes. It’s hard to deny that this has a lot to do with my new home in the pacific northwest where I can drive 20 minutes out of the city into wondrous mountains and valleys. There are hiking trails everywhere and my curiosity can’t help but wonder what sights are to be found on each one. I constantly research areas of interest within a reasonable drive and when I have a free moment, I am off. Of course I had to find a way to tie in web design and the urge to create a photography website for myself has creeped into my head. I just want a place to share my photos in full resolution outside of social media. For me, photography is just a hobby and I think that’s why I like it so much. There is no pressure to produce, and so the creativity can flow naturally and I can have fun with it without any expectations. Keep an eye out for a JLern Photography website in the near future. Until then, check out my new Instagram account @jlerndesign.

2015

The Road West

I've changed coasts, time zones and coffee shops

As of June 3, I have moved to Portland, OR to discover what wonders the west coast has to offer. I spent a good 8 years in Philadelphia launching my solo career and that city really helped me get my feet off the ground. There is a wide array of talented artists and designers in the Philadelphia area and I loved all the inspiration and motivation to be my best that it provided me. Now onto the next chapter, to explore a new city and see what the west coast design world is all about. I’ve already seen some wonderful aesthetics peppered throughout the city and look forward to engaging with local designers here. It truly feels like an artist’s world in Portland. There is art everywhere you look, not to mention the sheer beauty of nature that I think I was missing when I lived in a concrete jungle. Driving cross-country to get here really opened my eyes to natural sights I had never seen before. It’s impossible not to feel inspired when you look in all directions and are immersed in mountains and valleys of epic proportions. Wyoming, Utah, and Idaho were all breathtaking. The color and contrast that occurs daily in a natural setting is pretty amazing. So needless to say, I am thrilled to be here so far and can’t wait to find my next challenging assignment. To Philly, I bid you farewell and keep up the interesting design work. I’ll miss all the cool shop windows from Design Philadelphia and the endless murals. If you’re in the Portland area, maybe I’ll see you at a coffee shop. I’ve already fallen in love with quite a few.

The Truth About Templates

Is custom web design going the way of the dinosaur?

Years ago when website templates first started gaining traction, I hoped it was a fad that would soon disappear. Nowadays I see ads for companies like Squarespace all the time and it looks as if templates are here to stay. There is clearly a market for factory-produced web design that can be sold to the masses. As a designer this does not sit well with me. A simple metaphor for this is how a person dresses. Clothing gives you the opportunity to be as creative as you want in your first impression on others. I can’t speak for everyone, but when I’m shopping for clothes and I see a dozen of the same shirt on a display, I keep moving. Individuality is important to me. That shirt might make me look good, but if everyone is wearing it, I lose my identity. This brings me to my point on where website templates are headed. They are getting more attractive and that is a scary thing. At first, you could spot a template from a mile away because it looked very cookie-cutter and conservative. Now you are able to find ones that utilize the latest hot trends in design. I’ll give credit where it is due, in that the template companies have made it much more appealing to go that route. Will this cost you much less than hiring a designer? Absolutely. Will you be able to build the website yourself without anyone’s help? Most likely (then again, this might be another topic for debate). The problem is you’ve lost the human element. This hurts in two ways—the website was never created to serve your individual needs as a unique business; and when it comes time for adjustments, no one is there to help you. A living, breathing partner to craft the perfect website for your business can’t be replaced. The sad truth is, most of the time the cheaper option will win out. I don't want to get started on websites like Fiver, where you can get design work done for $5, but let’s just say in the open market you usually get what you pay for. My hope is that people will continue to see the value in developing a working relationship with a designer they trust, and not just a faceless online store.

Recent Tweets

My latest project with @Griflan launched this week! Had fun with this one and it's for a great cause. Check it out! https://t.co/Rn1C2M8h2x Oct 7

RT @Oregon_explored: Photo from @jlerndesign - Devils Punch Bowl is located about 5 miles south of Depoe Bay, a… https://t.co/BLUG8umcoz ht… Sep 6

Latest and greatest collab with @Griflan has launched! Another fun site in the books. https://t.co/noqat1bKkS Jun 28

I've recently started working at the Pep Co-working Shop. 99% less hipster baristas than my old work space! https://t.co/xJ3oK2ZGnS Jun 1

Feels like not that long I dropped support for IE8 and now I just might have to do the same for all versions of IE. What an abomination. May 10