Stop an Animation/Video From Playing When Hiding the Object

By default in HTML, if a Flash object is hidden, the DOM will not play nor load the animation. However, what happens if you have some tabs that hide the animation or video? This was an issue I ran into when building my portfolio. After doing some digging I found a solid solution that worked well for stopping the animation or video. Continue reading…

Customize a Category Page With Genesis

Lately I’ve become a big fan of the Genesis framework for WordPress. It simplifies so many things for WordPress development. One thing that I recently needed was to apply specific categories a template page. Basically I had many categories that specific introduction content that I needed on the page. It was necessary to keep all other aspects for each category utilizing the same template. I found it was quite simple to implement once I learned some key features that Genesis has built in. This tutorial assumes that you are already using the Genesis Framework. Continue reading…

Converting a Flash Animation to an HTML5 Canvas

I recently created this Flash animation at O.C. Tanner that had a fun design by Steve Newman.

I thought I would challenge myself and see if I could convert it to HTML5 using a JavaScript library by Grant Skinner called EaselJS. Easel is appropriately named since it makes holding the canvas highly manageable. It basically simplifies writing to the HTML5 canvas; it is nearly as easy as doing it in Flash. I took all the assets I used in the Flash project and utilized placement from the Flash interface and animated the elements within the canvas with JavaScript. Some of the animation was simplified, but for the most part I think it turned out quite well. I even tested it on my iPad and it works great (minus the sound not working).

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Designing Jack-o-Lanterns

It has been five years since we had our pumpkin carving extravaganza at work. I was looking at some old pictures from that day back in October of 2006 and remembered the fun Dom Albrecht and I had creating an awesome jack-o-lantern. Here is looking back on that event.

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Customizable jQuery Drop-Down Menus

Drop-down menus are standard in websites to easily organize site navigation. By applying a few lines of jQuery and accompanied with some CSS, you can easily create some slick looking menus. A while back I wrote about “Generating a Dynamic Selection DropDown with jQuery and AJAX.” For simplicity of that tutorial, I didn’t focus on drop-down menus, but you could easily apply the dynamic content driven in that tutorial to the methods explained here.
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Four Key Steps to Better Design

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We have all run into that project where the design gets so rushed that important steps to establish a great design get forgotten. Many clients undervalue the amount of necessary research it takes before the pencil even hits the sketchpad. The better we are with research, listening, and communicating, the better our designs will be; ultimately, giving more value to our work. Continue reading…

Printing Content Within Flash

Recently, I was given the challenge to make Flash in an eCard printable in all browsers through the HTML. The thing about printing an HTML page with Flash is that the default on all browsers is to suppress printout on background images as well as Flash Objects. The challenge was that both content from the HTML page and Flash content needed to print. The solution I came up with was to push all desired printed content into Flash and utilize Flash’s PrintJob Object. Continue reading…

Using JavaScript to Communicate With Flash

JavaScript to Flash

Lately I have been working on this project that requires JavaScript to communicate with the Flash on the page. It is something that I have done in the past, but this time I was running into issues that were giving me problems. Sometimes the issues were in all browsers, but many times the errors were only showing up in Internet Explorer. Here I will go through the steps to properly set up your Flash and JavaScript and explain a couple ways to avoid seemingly erroneous errors so communication between the to can take place. Continue reading…

Experiment with a Simple jQuery/CSS Clock

It may seem a bit of a basic experiment, but I thought I would experiment a bit with jQuery and create a simple clock. The concept is basic, but understanding the basics can lead to even greater discoveries. Continue reading…

Three-Peat Win For Web Design of the Year 2010

Schofield and Haroldsen 2010 Web Design of Year Winners

Todd Schofield and Nick Haroldsen--2010 Web Design of Year

O.C. Tanner has awarded the Design of the Year Award to me for the third straight year. Our designs have been getting better as our O.C. Tanner designers have stepped up to the competition. For the 2010 year, there has been more collaboration and synergy as we have been able to bounce ideas off each other and work closer together. Continue reading…