Believing in Design

Published by Adam Johnson on October 20, 2011

Conviction. Belief. Design. Where does design go from being simply making something look good to an interpretation of positivity, belief, and profound value? As a designer, I struggle with this concept. "Is what I'm doing meaningful? Does it have value? Will people benefit from it or is what I'm doing just an ephemeral exercise in decoration?

Upgrade Concrete5 with minimal downtime

Published by Adam Johnson on October 7, 2011

The instructions on about how to manually upgrade your site would leave your site with some significant downtime. In this how to, I'll explain how to upgrade Concrete5 to the latest version whilst keeping your site viewable to the public.

Spruce up your Concrete5 login page

Published by Adam Johnson on August 23, 2011

Concrete5 user JordanLev wrote a reply to a post a while back that detailed his method for customizing the Concrete5 system pages (for example: login, page not found, register, etc) that is infinitely easier to manage and maintain than other traditional methods.

Tips on applying for jobs from the other side of the fence...

Published by Adam Johnson on August 11, 2011

Today at work I had the pleasure of reviewing several candidates for a web design position within our institution. I remembered how it was when I applied for jobs—dauntingly long, annoyingly detailed, and all too formal.

So, in light of giving back, I'm going to share some tips on how to break into the inner circle and get asked for an interview.

Welcome to the new!

Published by Adam Johnson on February 5, 2011

I've finally gotten around to redesigning my portfolio website. The old saying holds true with designers: our own work gets put on the back-burner in lieu of paying projects.

For this design (version 2), I wanted to provide wider images of my work (bigger is better, right?) using a brighter, minimalistic approach. It also allows users to sort work by type, has a Twitter news feed, and is jam packed with other fun things. Everything is maintained by Concrete5 CMS. More on the redesign after the fold.