Thanks for dropping by. I am currently involved in a new company and seeking a Ruby on Rails developer who would like to get involved. See my listing for some specifics, and the about section below for some background.
If you would like to know more do not hesitate to send me a message, leave comments, or make an offer. I am eagerly seeking the right person or people to help improve and enhance new projects.
I had to pick designer both in my profile and in my listing. As an existing business owner doing graphic design and online development I would more accurately have put "designer, content writer, & entrepreneur" had I the option.
I am a partner in a small design firm. I handle nearly all design and client relations. As well as being a graphic designer and idea person, I am have a strong understanding of XHTML, CSS, and standards based web development. While committed to both standards compliance and open source solutions, I am pragmatic to these ideals, understanding that a) sometimes to innovate or "get the job done" you have to break some rules and b) we still live in a capitalistic economy and we have to make money.
I also possess basic programming knowledge, including some database schema design. I learned Cold Fusion WAY back in the day (internet-time), which made sense at the time from a designers point of view. But as things changed and grew, it was clear that was not a solution. Since then my company has developed everything in PHP which has served us well. However, we recently started switching to Ruby on Rails for our some new projects and this appears to be the direction I would like to go (if only because of my shared values with the 37signals people and their agile development concepts). This unfortunately also became the point where I was seriously out of the programming loop. While Cold Fusion concepts were somewhat transferable to PHP, Ruby (while admittedly elegant enough to make you cry without even knowing how to use it) is also a whole other thought process that is beyond my ability to move beyond basic understanding.
That said, I understand programming concepts enough to design *more* realistically for the environments I am working in.
In the past year, while continuing to do a modest business in third party design and development, it occurred to me that we had done some good work through the years, at extremely affordable rates, and that while we were continuing to grow and improve, ultimately we could never make more than our hourly rate if we kept on this way. I had whimsically thought of several business ideas through the years, but never took it seriously. In the past months that has changed.
In my other life, I am an audio engineer and writer. I love doing sound professionally but it is not my life calling; and it is a goal to write the great American novel for the 21st century, but for now this is only a hobby. However, I have two extremely viable web application business ideas that have stemmed from both. I began pursuing these ideas as a way to break the "hourly grind" and do something more rewarding and with a greater long term profit potential. But then circumstances changed and a new opportunity came up that met my goals, and those ideas for the time being remain purely speculative and in the brainstorming stage.
A little over a month ago, an old client approached me with the opportunity to partner with him in a new company. While the initial meeting was a bit zany with some undoable ideas, the core concept made a lot of sense, especially considering his business background. This project is not particularly innovative technologically speaking, but conceptually has a high "fun-ness" potential. But more importantly is almost assuredly a profitable situation. How profitable simply depends on the amount of energy that goes into it and the strength of the people involved.
And ultimately that is what brings me back here and actively posting at PROGRAMMERMEETDESIGNER: to get seriously networking.
There are certain situations occurring within my company that are hindering healthy progress of the new venture. In order to remedy this I am seeking a programmer open to partnering in the new venture, and/or depending on how the next couple of weeks pan out, possibly partnered in our entire existing company. I will be posting a listing especially for this, but I wanted to give a little bit of background here as well.
Thanks for checking in. It is time I got networking at any rate, so feel free to drop a line and share what you are doing. Even if we might never work together, I would love to hear what other people are working on and possibly exchange tips and advice, y'know, networking stuff.