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It’s Been a Long Time!

Posted by GrandmasterB in Rambling On

Where have I been the past six months?

I’ve been mulling over the current status and the direction of GrandmasterB.com for awhile now, and it’s been a bit of a battle for me. I’ve contemplated weeding out content, starting over from scratch and at one point scrapping the entire blog for something different.

After careful consideration, I’ve decided that I took the site in the wrong direction trying to make money off of the site in the wrong manner. I tried to pump up the stats and page views with irrelevant content and compromised the integrity of the great content that I already had. Read the rest of this entry »

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Technology Specialists Face Lift

Posted by GrandmasterB in Design Reviews

I recently had the pleasure of working with the fine folks at Thorn Technologies on a custom Wordpress theme for their client Technology Specialists (TSI). TSI is an information technology company out of Annapolis, Maryland. They specialize in providing local, state and federal government agencies with technology solutions for their businesses.

The task at hand with this project was first and foremost a clean, professional new look for their corporate website. The second requirement that they had was the site had to be easy to update and add new content. We found that using Wordpress as the platform for the site would work perfectly for TSI’s requirements. Read the rest of this entry »

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Pistons Nation is Flying New Colors

Posted by GrandmasterB in Design Reviews

Pistons Nation Header Design

Holy Cow! It has been a long time since I’ve written any new posts on the site. I don’t know if any of you are still out there, but if you are I’m sorry it’s been so long. I know we all get busy and have a hard time finding the necessary time to write new posts, but I’ve been SUPER BUSY! The blog design/development business has really taken off and I have a lot of finished projects to add to the portfolio and a lot to show off. I have been working on a lot of projects simultaneously, and two of them are fairly close to 100% completion…but I’m not ready to close the book on them quite yet.

My latest project just finished up today, and I must say it is a huge improvement over the previous design. The sports blogging community has been kind to GrandmasterB and in turn, I have been turning out some of my best design work. Jesse from PistonsNationBlog.com contacted me around mid-June to work on a new theme design for his site. Before I go much further, I must mention that this theme is not a GrandmasterB original. Jesse purchased a template theme called “Bright” from ThemeForest.net and I added some of my flair to the design to incorporate his new logo and color scheme.

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Q&A with GrandmasterB – HTML/CSS Layout

Posted by GrandmasterB in Q&A with GMB

Q&A with GrandmasterB

From time to time, I get questions about how I start designing websites, and how I build custom WordPress themes for my clients. I’ve spent the better part of the last year trying to streamline the process of designing and launching a blog theme. The problem that I have is I tend to get a little carried away with trying to be perfect. Like most designers I start out with the basic tools…pencil and paper. I draw out the layout and figure out the basic positioning of all of the necessary elements before I even think about putting anything down in Photoshop. That drawing stays with me until the very end of the project, and sometimes even after just for reference.

How Does GrandmasterB Layout a Site for WordPress?

Recently, Forest from The Random Forest and Frugal Zeitgeist hit me up on Google Chat to ask me how I build a Wordpress theme and how I go from Photoshop layout to coding everything for Wordpress. Well, I know that I’m not the only designer/developer that works this way, but I build a simple HTML/CSS file that will serve as a template for the coding of the WordPress theme. In my opinion, there’s no reason to mess with all of the WordPress options and variables unless you have already solidified the design in it’s simplest form. I break down the design into the most simplest elements first:

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Mac Tricks: Adding Separators to the Dock

Posted by GrandmasterB in Mac Tricks

Mac Tricks: Adding Dock Separators

This is my first tutorial in what I’m hoping will become a series of easy Mac Tricks. I’m all about customization, and especially when it comes to my Mac and my workspace. When I got my new Mac Pro for work, I spent a good portion of the morning customizing the look from the icons, to the wallpapers and even the Dock. If you’re a fellow design or even a casual Mac user; I’m sure you have a fair amount of launch icons in your Dock. I wanted to find a way to add separators to the Dock, so that I could easily sort applications and make it easier to locate them without hunting.

Well, if you have tried to do the same thing you probably noticed that there’s no way to add dock separators built into OS X. So, how do you solve the problem? Well, with a little research I have found the solution. First let’s take a look at my existing dock: Read the rest of this entry »

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