Mark Bult Design: San Francisco, CA, Established 1988

Web design and development for small and large business, e-commerce, b2b, b2c, SAAS, and community websites. User experience design and usability testing.


Wednesday, March 11, 2009

What I’ve been doing (Feb 2009)

If you missed the previous ones and you want to bore yourself to tears, here’s list #1, list #2, list #3, and list #4.

List #5, started January 31:
  • Uploaded some more screenshots of cool web designs to Flickr.
  • Designed a logo for the SIlicon Valley Water Conservation Awards.
  • Gave Jenny and Chris a ride back to the farm they’re working at in Petaluma, and stayed for dinner.
  • Worked a ton more on my portfolio, including going through many years’ worth of designs done while at Download.com and Webshots.com.
  • Spent a couple hours exploring Coraline.com.
  • Collected quotes about Ozark Handspun from the web.
  • Designed two new Ozark Handspun print ads.
  • Gave some input to Scott L., who was looking for feedback on a logo design.
  • Made some tweaks to my logo for the Silicon Valley Water Conservation Awards.
  • Tried for a third time to find a solution to Blogger’s broken feeds on my blog. Finally fixed it.
  • Researched how/where to best recycle my old mobile phone, did a hard reset to make sure all the data was wiped, removed the SIM and memory cards, and printed a shipping label to send it to Environmental Media Association’s fundraising program which utilizes Electronic Recyclers International.
  • Downloaded and tried out a couple new Mac diagnostic, repair, and optimization apps: CheckUp and SpeedTools Utilities.
  • Ordered 8 GB of RAM to put in my four empty slots. I’ve been running this computer on far too little RAM (less than a third of its’ max!) for far too long, and the latest versions of Firefox and Photoshop have been incredibly sluggish, so it was time for a relatively inexpensive upgrade ($185 at Other World Computing is a lot cheaper than a whole new computer).
  • Also ordered and installed a 1 GB module for Velma’s iBook.
  • Spent a lot of time perusing the website of a company I’d really like to work for.
  • Deleted 125 stores from Ozark Handspun’s retail page, and added 10 new ones.
  • Spent a few hours playing with iPhoto’s new capabilities.
  • Tried numerous things to fix Velma’s iPhoto, which keeps crashing.
  • Cleaned the cat box.
  • Vacuumed a bit.
  • Coded a lot.
  • Thought a lot, and tried to remember to make notes on most of it.
  • Went briefly to a Chinese Hew Year party at a neighbors’ house. We didn’t really know anyone but the neighbors, who we don’t know that well either, but I really wanted to see the inside of their awesome house. It’s a brilliantly done modern remodel. Made me want to move again/more.
  • Bought Velma the three-in-one-volume version of an antique book she’d wanted (I got her the cookbook volume before, but because of a miscommunication I didn’t know she wanted all three).
  • Went to Markleyville for a long weekend, to play in the snow with Velma, Christine, and Anthony. And two dogs and a cat.
  • Made a cool template in Photoshop that allows me to make photo-realistic pictures of documents as if they were spread open on a tabletop. Using in the portfolio.
  • Went to Stacey’s Books before they closed, then went to see Coraline in RealD with Velma.
  • Made some digital illustrations.
  • Went to Compostmodern 09.
  • Organized all the hard-copy notes that I’ve made over the past 4.5 years, planning my website’s redesign. I cut them all into logical pieces, since there were often random bits on all sorts of scraps of paper, and taped them into a notebook in a more usable order, where I can continue making more notes.
  • Sent a list of software title ideas to my friend Jason who edits the Download Dispatch Mac newsletter for CNET.
  • Did some research online.
  • Voted in the AIGA board elections.
  • Did a quick edit of some sheep and goat photos Velma took, for someone who was writing an article about Ozark Handspun.

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