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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
Database

Skate’s Art Stocks

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

Skate’s Art Stocks

Front-end Development, Wordpress Integration, MySQL Database Integration

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
jQuery Animations
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

Another Year, Another New Website

It’s that time again!

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.

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 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.

2013

The Icon Epidemic

Finding more innovative ways to send a message without saying it.

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.

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Favorited Fox today on CSS Fox! I've been trying to break into that class of mammal so this is great news. http://t.co/6gg9xWT5QD Jan 22

The best job involves getting terrible background music to loop properly and being forced to listen to it over and over again Dec 22

Working on the first Flash project I've taken in a few years and I have to admit this is pretty fun. Feeling #nostalgic Dec 14