Monthly Archives: June 2011 My new portfolio site in HTML5, with responsive CSS

After trying too hard to rewrite my really old Flash gallery as a jQuery plugin, I thought “to hell with it” and decided to join the one-pager trend: I have to say, this was one of the more pleasant site-designing jobs I’ve done in awhile. I’m going to try to limit my sites to one-page or fewer from here on out.

I started with a HTML5 template from and then tacked on the 1140 CSS grid sheet, a fluid framework.

As far as Javascript goes, besides jQuery, I’m using Ben Alman’s throttle-debounce plugin, Leandro Vieira’s lightbox plugin, and Ariel Flesler’s scrollTo plugin for the simple interaction bits.

It’s pretty rudimentary in terms of code sophistication…I haven’t yet decided how to lazy-load the images while still providing a full page for non-JS users. I think I’ll end up tacking on backbone.js and figuring out a JSON structure to load in the “galleries”. So, for now, deal with loading some 100+ images all at once from S3…

To me, it’s an improvement over the typical slideshow galleries in which only one image at a time is shown. Maybe it’s because I don’t have enough Big Picture show-stoppers to justify displaying every photo as full-screen. But I think there’s some artistic room in manually arranging the images as a collage and purposefully deciding the size of each image in relation to the others.

The best part is that with the 1140 grid system, not only was designing for variable-width desktop browsers (and placing the images) a breeze…the site works very well on the iPad and passably well on the iPhone…and I barely even left Google Chrome on my Mac during the whole development process.

Now I just have to get some better photos. And maybe think the typography a little more…Meanwhile, check it out:

Ukrainian Justice: A photo essay by Donald Weber (VII) in Newsweek

An incredible photo essay by photographer Donald Weber, who worked for five years to let Ukrainian authorities let him photograph inside an interrogation room. His photographs attempt to capture the moment that a suspect breaks:

Once inside, he looked not to the men who did whatever it took to extract an admission of guilt, but on the suspects before them. The photos here attempt to capture the moment when the accused come to realize the enormity of the state power their interrogators embody—and accept that they will have to submit.

This photo, according to the slideshow, is of a delinquency and shoplifting suspect:

Ukrainian interrogation / Donald Weber (VII/Newsweek)

See Weber’s Newsweek slideshow here.

Lightning strikes the Empire State Building, as seen from the Rockefeller Center

Yeah I know this is a cliche shot, but hey, someone else has got to do it (again).

I took this from the Top of the Rock by holding the camera between the gaps in the glass barrier and counting about two minutes after each lightning strike before squeezing the shutter for a few shots at a time (the Canon 5D MkII shoots at 3.9 fps). Nothing too complicated, just having to put up with drizzle.

More lightning and NYC skyline photos here.