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Design
HTML5 / jQuery
PayPal eCommerce

My Custom Yoga Mat

Logo / Interface Design
HTML5 / jQuery

Clariture Health

HTML5 / jQuery
Wordpress
Responsive

OnSpot Social

HTML5 / jQuery
Wordpress
Responsive

Big World Small Planet

Flash
Design
XML Content Management

MMH Photography

Design
Flash

iCarly Nintendo DS Game

Design
HTML5 / jQuery
Database

EdgeMed Healthcare

HTML5 / jQuery
Video Integration
XML Content Management

Max Stinson

Flash
Design / Illustration

Longwood Gardens Game

Flash

M&Ms Transformers Microsite

Project List

Griflan Design

Front-end Development, Fully Responsive Design, jQuery Animation

My Custom Yoga Mat

Design, HTML5/jQuery Development, Paypal eCommerce Integration

Clariture Health

Logo Design, Interface Design, HTML5/jQuery Development

OnSpot Social

Front-end Development, Wordpress Integration, Fully Responsive Design

Big World Small Planet

Front-end Development, Wordpress Integration, Fully Responsive Design

MMH Photography

Design, Flash Development, XML Integration

iCarly Nintendo DS Game

Menu Screen Design, Animation Prototype Development

EdgeMed Healthcare

Design, Front-end Development, Database/PHP Integration

Max Stinson

Front-end Development, Video Integration, jQuery Animation, XML Content

Longwood Gardens Game

Design, Digital Illustration, Flash 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.

Philadelphia, PA
Philadelphia, PA

Coffee Shop Picks

Chapterhouse

9th & Bainbridge

Bodhi

10th & Spruce

Ultimo

22nd & Catherine

Thoughts

Thoughts

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.

Another Year, Another New Website

As technology marches on, my newest exploration is born.

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.

2014

The Shelf Life Of A Website

As I contemplate creating a new website for myself, some thoughts to consider.

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. By the end of that time, technology has made some nice strides and starting fresh will have it's benefits. 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.

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