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Luke Howard: Snowcat PressMy Name is Luke, and I am a Web Developer and Illustrator in Nashville. <- that’s all you really need to know | this is all fairly superfluous -> I graduated from Watkins about a year ago, but while I was in school I somehow managed to successfully start my career as a freelance designer/ illustrator (successful of course is a very relative concept, but I didn’t starve). So I continued to do that after I graduated, but I really wanted to find a part time web development job because Steve had really made me fall in love with coding and I needed some way to pay back all of my student loans. So I tricked this music marketing company called Crowdsurf into hiring me part-time and giving me a salary. Well I didn’t really “trick” them, its just a really good gig and I’m not sure how I got it, so I have to assume I inadvertently did something underhanded. So now I get to build websites for musicians in the morning and draw pictures and make art in the afternoon/evening, perfect scenario.

When I’m off the clock I volunteer a lot of time with non-profit social justice organizations, I build mopeds, read books, drink beer and whiskey (not in excess), sit on my porch in east nashville, and listen to lots of music. If you want specifics on any of those things feel free to get in touch with me.

A few quick suggestions, If I may be so bold: Don’t be a willfully ignorant american consumer. Don’t be a democrat. Don’t be a republican. Don’t disrespect your parents. Don’t put the word “Designer” on your business card (people don’t know what that means and they will call you and ask you to do ignorant things). Don’t use dreamweaver, suck it up and learn to hand-code everything, dreamweaver is the devil (go buy a copy of textMate). Dont use javascript for image rollovers (use css). Go ahead and include the following code in css for all of your anchor tags: -webkit-transition: 0.5s ease-in-out; -moz-transition:0.5s ease-in-out; -o-transition:0.5s ease-in-out; transition:0.5s ease-in-out;

you can see some of what I do over at snowcatpress.com
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or you can tweet/DM me @snowcatpress

Recent Projects

Honor Society

Honor Society
Custom theme running in wordpress 3.1
html5 but nothing fancy (mostly just using it for some of the new layout elements like <nav> and <section> and and I’m using a javascript shiv to make sure that ie and older browsers create those elements if they dont natively support them)
a little css3 for the hover transitions.
Orbit slideshow jquery plugin by @zurb
Juitter twitter widget for jquery (not sure who wrote this but its pretty cool)
Flash MP3 player by Flabell
Oswald font from the google fonts api
Google Analytics for WordPress
MailChimp
Shadowbox JS
WP-paginate

Ashylyne Huff

Ashlyne Huff
This girl is touring with the back street boys this summer. With the exception of the massive photo of her, she let me make a pretty tasteful functional site.
Custom theme running in wordpress 3.1
good bit of css3 for the transparency drop shadows and hover transitions but it all fails gracefully.
Soundcloud Premiere app (which is awesome and really well made)
Twitter Fountain
custom tweet from anywhere widget that I made using the twitter api
If this comes down you will always be able to find it here
main site uses soundcloud a good bit and the disqus system for socially integrated commenting (same comment system that tumblr uses) and a couple fonts from the google directory
MailChimp
Gigpress
Twitter Widget Pro
Slimbox
WP-paginate
Google Analytics for WordPress

Britney Spears

Britney Spears Tour Page

WhoozNxt

WhoozNxt
First custom tumblr theme that I designed and coded.
nothing fancy, just fun.

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Featured Three

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Matt CovingtonMy name is Matt Covington, and I’m a designer / illustrator from just a few miles outside of Nashville. I finished my tenure at Watkins in the spring of 2011. Admittedly I don’t have too many opportunities to work with web on a commercial level at the moment, as my current job at Thomas Nelson Inc. deals far more with print and advertising than anything else. Well, outside of a handful of e-blasts, but those don’t count. That being said, it provides a perfect opportunity for me to work on refining the skills that Steve taught me in web 1-3, as well as branching out into new stuff before dealing with a lot of web based clients.

The best advice I can offer to any younger designers would be to take jobs/ school assignments / clients / formats that you don’t know, don’t like, or can’t stand. You’ll learn more that way, and be able to practice what you do love on the side to get all the better at it.

My website is soon to launch, after redesigning it multiple times, I’ve got a format I’m happy with. But before too many of you students read this Steve will have an active link.

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Recent Projects

No Dumb Luck

No Dumb Luck
No Dumb Luck was the senior show website done for when I graduated. Other students in the class requested something simple and relatively unobtrusive that used the same blocks of black that the poster used.

Featured Four

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Ryon NishimoriI always try to stay inspired. Any little thing that brings upon a good idea is what I’m after. Hopefully my work reflects this.

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