They Call Me Marty!
Design goodness and other ramblings.



Posted on January 29th, 2010 0 Comments

Organizing Your Project Files

Organizing Files

I just read an older entry by Chris Griffin about how he organizes his project files. I have always been intrigued by how other designers organize their time and assets, and what they do with them once they’re done. I want to share my process and hope to hear how you guys organize your files.

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Posted on January 27th, 2010 0 Comments

ExpressionEngine & CodeIgniter Conference

My EE/CI ticket

Today I purchased my ticket to this years ExpressionEngine & CodeIgniter Conference. Until March 1st, you can save yourself $100 by taking advantage of the early bird discount and purchase a ticket for $275 (MasterClass day is not included). If you are a student you can save even more. Student early bird price is only $99. Some of the leading EE/CI experts are schedule to present at the conference, if you use ExpressionEngine or develop with CodeIgniter this is a conference to not be missed.

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Posted on January 27th, 2010 0 Comments

9 Useless Inventions

Sometimes I find inspiration in the oddest places. These are 8 useless inventions that I found in my “inspiration” stash. I haven’t used them as reference for any particular design, but I wanted to share them in case they spark some creativity.

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Posted on January 25th, 2010 0 Comments

Backup Strategy using Jungle Disk and Amazon Simple Storage Solution

Hard Drive

I’ve lost mores file by accidentally saving over them or deleting them than by hard drive crashes (knock on wood). A year ago I decided to stop living by chance and finally implemented a backup strategy. I looked at several services, but I was looking for something that I could automate, reliable and affordable. I already had a process to backup my files to an external hard drive, so I had to be able to integrate the solution into the mix. I settled on Jungle Disk and Amazon S3

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Posted on January 22nd, 2010 0 Comments

Adding File Type Icons to Links Using CSS Atribute Selectors

CSS Attribute Tutorial

You’ve probably seen websites use icons to distinguish what type of file links are pointing to. In this tutorial I will show you how to do this automatically using css attribute selectors. The cool thing about this method is that it works on IE7 and up and because it degrades gracefully, it doesn’t affect any browsers that do not support it.

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Posted on January 19th, 2010 0 Comments

Kim Baer at Cal State L.A.

Kim BaerEvery quarter, Cal State L.A.‘s AIGA student group invites professionals in the design industry to come and speak to the students. The lectures are free and always full of wonderful insights from some of the industry’s most respected designers. This video was recorded during Kim Baer’s (of KBDA) presentation last November.

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Posted on January 15th, 2010 0 Comments

Related Posts in ExpressionEngine

I wanted to implement in V.2 of TheyCallMeMarty was a “Related Posts” section at the bottom of each entry. The thing is that there aren’t very many tutorials out there showing you how to do it. You would think that this is a simple process and maybe I am over thinking—so much that I might have missed it. This is how I did it, but if you have a better way to do it please share.

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Posted on January 13th, 2010 0 Comments

ExpressionEngine 2.0 Under the Hood of this Baby!

I had a few hiccups along the way, mostly due to a corrupted database backup file, but overall the upgrade to EE 2.0 was smooth. In the next couple of weeks I will do a more indepth post about the upgrade, but just wanted to mention a few things that I like about the long expected 2.0 version.

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Posted on August 18th, 2009 7 Comments

Getting Started With ExpressionEngine

Earlier this year I was looking for a CMS to use in the redesign of a client’s website. I had used <a href="http://www.wordpress.org" title="WordPress">WordPress</a> in the past, but I wasn’t comfortable letting my client make sense of the admin area, especially with the amount of custom fields that needed to be used for this website. I had tinkered a bit with <a href="http://www.expressionengine.com" title="ExpressionEngine">ExpressionEngine</a> once before, but never actually built anything with it. After watching a series of tutorials over at train-ee, I was convinced that ExpressionEngine was the way to go.

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