JesseSutherland

Real Art is Never Finished

I'd like to consider myself an artist, at least in the sense that I enjoy creating art. Yet even after I am finished with a design, it still feels incomplete. I see work to be done and details to be perfected. Are there legitimate changes that still need to be made or is this struggle simply the nature of art? I wonder if that's how God, as an artist, feels about me and my life; pride in the completed work, yet seeing the improvement to come. More About Jesse.

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My New Project August 26, 2011

I’m always thinking about new ideas and coming up with projects for myself. I decided that I needed a project that involved more people than just myself – others who could keep me motivated to work on a project down the road.

A couple weeks ago we launched BoxedUpFun, a website where users can discover new board games and learn about them. I’ve always enjoyed playing a fun board game with friends, but was never impressed with the other resources already out there.

The website features short informative videos about games, user reviews, and profiles. More features will be added soon! If you have any feedback on the site, we’d love to hear it. Thanks!

New Photography in the Gallery November 21, 2010

I posted two new albums in my photography gallery today. One of them was from Andrea and my summer trip to Riviera Maya Mexico, and the second is a random sampling of images throughout this year that I hadn’t put up until now.

I’ve been slowly trying to work on being a better photographer. This summer I read a book called “Better Photos Now!” that was a short and sweet primer on how to be a better photographer in different situations. I’m now trying to always stay in “Aperture Priority” mode when shooting so that I can always try to choose the depth of field in my shots.

I’ve also collected a few smaller but essential pieces of equipment like a remote shutter release, a UV filter, and circular polarizing filter. Next on the list includes a flash, a better lens, and maybe someday the Chasing the Light filter kit. If they ever decide to make it again.

New Work on the Site September 30, 2010

I’m not sure what possessed me tonight, but I decided I wanted to get some of my work from the last year up on my website finally. I think that I’ve been thinking that not updating the site until I have a new one might motivate me, but alas. I have been busy and intimidated to start working on a new site for myself.

In the meantime, check out the new work featured on the left of the site, and in the Web and Identity sections of the design portfolio.

Living My Faith Transparently February 5, 2010

I was reading in Psalms this morning and came across Psalm 40:8-10,

I desire to do your will, O my God;
your law is within my heart.”

I proclaim righteousness in the great assembly;
I do not seal my lips, as you know, O LORD.

I do not hide your righteousness in my heart;
I speak of your faithfulness and salvation.
I do not conceal your love and your truth from the great assembly.

The Lord used it to get me thinking about living my faith more transparently. David didn’t hide his faith. He lived it out by speaking of God’s faithfulness and salvation.

Recently at work one of our clients from the Salvation Army stopped by to tell us a story about how a commercial that we had helped to create had been used by God to bring a man who had been addicted to drugs out of his sin and into repentance and Jesus’ grace. Wow! I couldn’t help but smile as she excitedly told myself and my coworkers this not really knowing or caring what any of us believed. Her faith was attractive.

For another example, I’ve been impressed with following Pastor Mark Driscoll on Twitter. I love the way he represents his life and faith through a mere 140 characters. He tells about how proud he is of his kids, how he’s encouraged in his faith, and motivates people to serve others.

That’s what I desire in my life. Living out my faith in real, bold, attractive manner. I know its not exactly a huge revelation or new information, but I feel like it’s what God is teaching me right now. Hopefully I’ll be able to follow others examples as I seek to model this in my life. Do you have any examples of people living their faith out transparently, please share!

Superior Hiking Trail Photos July 17, 2009

My wife and I took a backpacking trip to the north woods of Minnesota last weekend. We came away with some gorgeous Lake views, and sore backs. I took some photos along the way and posted the more artistic ones in the photography section. If you’re my friend on Facebook you can see some more of them with Andrea and I.

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“Open Sourcing” my CMS Idea July 7, 2009

About a year ago I decided that I didn’t like any of the content management options out there, and I wanted to create my own. As a designer I was looking for a system where I could handle more complicated content without getting my hands too dirty in programming.

Not being a programmer myself I just started concepting around how I wanted it to work and function, and eventually came up with an initial idea. It ended up taking inspiration from both Frog and WordPress. I showed it to a few programmer buddies, but when we considered the whole gambit of competing CMS’s, we decided there wasn’t a market, nor a need for another one.

The idea has sat dormant for awhile now, and as I was digging around cleaning up my web server tonight I ran into it again and thought I’d share it with the world.

I gave it an initial name, Flext. You can check out some screens from the beginnings of Flext CMS if you want.

Here’s the rundown of what some of the terminology means, I’ll admit that some of it got a little confusing:

Pages: Groupings of content in a hierarchical order.
Components: A way to define what kinds/types of content the CMS should ask for. Including what it should be called, how it should be entered, and how it should be formatted.
Filters: A way to look through multiple pages and pull certain types of content into a separate page.
Blocks: Groupings of content separated from the normal hierarchy of pages.
Code: Or “Code Blocks” would be PHP code that could be added anywhere in the layout.
Templates: CSS and XHTML layouts that define how pages will look to the viewers of the website.
Regions: Areas that are defined within templates to store blocks or page content.
Modules: Additional bits of programming that can add specific functionality to the CMS.

Feel free to diss it, ask any questions, steal the idea, whatever. Its now open sourced. =)