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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.
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
The new website is finally complete after many months of indecision and nitpicking. I like the idea of starting anew in the new year and being unsure of where this next year will take me. I started this project back in early summer 2014 and was hoping it would be ready sooner, but you can't really put a time limit on art. It’s done when you are satisfied and often times that is never (but you learn to let go).
The last version of my website started out as an exploration of some new skills with no intention of ever staying up very long. Turns out it lasted 3 years and gave me plenty of time to hone those skills into something I could use in the next iteration. I don’t necessarily believe that the wheel has to be reinvented every time. I’m a firm believer in working at something until you master it. I use that mantra in many aspects of my life such as cooking, where I’d rather perfect a single dish than continually churn out new recipes that aren’t quite right. This new website does indeed contain some remnants of the past 2 versions. Sometimes you don’t know where the strengths and weaknesses in your work lay until you let them sit on the shelf a while. As for the inspiration to build this website, I still have an attraction towards websites that give you everything up front like a newspaper. The other component was looking into wireframes and the beauty that comes with planning a nice grid. I like the look of a website skeleton before the contents get put in place and I wanted to use that somehow. And there you have it. Hope you enjoy and if you don’t please feel free to tell me why in 5 words or less.
This website is about two years old and I’m rather bored of it by now. My first website actually hung around for almost four years before that. I would normally tell someone that three years seems like a good lifespan for a website and by the end of that time technology has made some nice strides and it’s smart to start fresh. If you just spent a fortune on a new website this might seem too soon and I imagine depending on the scale of the project you can make that assessment. I have some earlier clients who have not redone their website in 8+ years. If it still works and you are happy with it, why not ride it out. For me, my personal website is an amalgamation of all my skills and current knowledge. It almost feels out of date months after its done because I am constantly learning. It must be the same for companies looking to sell modern products that rely on being at the forefront of technology. Similar to the cell phone dilemma when you get a new one its never quite new or current enough. Before long its old news. The website industry isn’t quite that bad, but the web does follow trends and if you are caught in the middle, your site could feel dated very soon. I say as long as you incorporate some of the time-tested principles of design (nice typography, ease of use) your website will live a long and healthy life. As for me, the brainstorming begins and a new JLern.com is on the way… hopefully sometime this year.
If you've looked at a website or app in the past few years then you are very familiar with web icons. They are everywhere nowadays and it appears they are making actual text obsolete in a lot of cases. In an effort to simplify the message visually, web icons are a great solution that make both the designer and user have a more enjoyable experience. I fully embrace this trend and what I love most is that the general web browsing population has become "educated" on what many icons signify. No need for ugly drawn out lists of links - just throw up a nice grid of icons and a user has a very easy navigation to work with. My question is, how far does this go? Is simpler always better? Many mobile applications are becoming so simplified that they just contain a bunch of boxes with icons in them. Add in the swipe technology and there is even less use for any navigation at all. The ultimate goal being that you get the information you're after with the least amount of effort possible. And of course, make it look great. This icon trend appeases both the designer and the developer side of me. Not only can I simplify my web content and make it easier to navigate, I get to incorporate a new design element that actually has a great practical purpose.
The best job involves getting terrible background music to loop properly and being forced to listen to it over and over again Dec 22