About The Project

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My Contribution

About Version 3.0

Details coming soon.

About Version 2.0

This is the Modular Lab 2.0, or, version 2 of my web development portfolio. This time around, I really wanted to utilize the Modular Lab name and branding more than I did before. Since 2000, I have pretty much used that name for all my creative hobby projects; music, design, development, etc. The branding focus of my original portfolio was with my own name. There's nothing wrong with uses my name except that my site URL was http://wadestewart.modularlab.org and I felt that, If I was going to continue to use my own name then I should probably pick up a new domain name to better match the branding of my site. Whether it was not wanting to purchase a new domain, or feeling like I don't need to own three domains (I also own http://www.mastodonshc.com), I chose to go with the Modular Lab.

Another item I really wanted to focus on this time around was my title. I kind of used several different titles in my original portfolio: Drupal Developer, Front-End Developer, Web Designer. I really didn't know exactly what I wanted to do exactly, although it was somewhat narrowed down. This time around it's more focused, primarily because I now have better clarity regarding what I do and what I want to do. I am a Front-End Web Developer, who loves CSS3 and PHP but also enjoys MYSQL, HTML5 and JQuery. I certainly enjoy working with Drupal and would like to do more with Wordpress, but I no longer want it to be my sole concetration. I do know that I do not want to work with ASP.Net based code, whether it's static or within a CMS.

This site has been hand-coded in PHP with HTML5 semantics using CSS3, and JQUERY. I do not use any HTML or PHP templates such as Bootstrap. I am using a fully responsive grid from Unsemantic with Desktop, Tablet, and Mobile breakpoints. All of my jquery libraries are loaded at the end of the page for more efficient load times. For typography, I am using the Fjalla One and Open Sans fonts from Google Fonts.

Some notable Javascript and Jquery plugins used on this site include:

  • Modernzr and Respond.js to force Internet Explorer to act like a normal browser.
  • SuperSized.js used on front page to provide an epic quality to my beautiful photographs from Århus, Denmark.

About Version 1.0

This was my first ever web design and development portfolio. After completing my assignment at StraightNorth, I took a month off to put together a portfolio, showcasing my work in order to obtain employment in the development field.

This site was built using XHTML and CSS3. There is some minimal JQuery here and there and a PHP-based contact form. I tried to keep the design of this portfolio as clean and simple as possible in order to highlight the work that I had done. When creating this portfolio, I was in the difficult position of having a couple of years of development experience, but lacking any professional work beyond my brief tenure at StraightNorth.

In some ways, I still really like how minimalist this portfolio is, and for all it's flaws, it helped get my first contract development position at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. By the time I was hired full-time at Booth, I pretty much stopped updating the site. I'm actually glad I did stop as it now serves as a great mile-marker for just how much I have grown as a developer since June 2012.

I have kept the Modular Lab 1.0 live in an archive. See the screen shots below or visit the Modular Lab Version 1 »

Personal
Modlab Designs

The Modular Lab

Modlab Designs

Tags

Design
Site Architect
Back-End Development
CMS
Custom Modules
Custom Themes
Data Migrations
Database Managaement
Development
Drupal
Drupal 7
Front-End Developement
Responsive
Server Management
Strategy
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