David N Brooks Designer, Developer, Musician, Artist, and Writer

Hello! I’m David, an interactive designer, musician, artist, and writer living in Georgia.

The Journal of David Brooks

Telling The "Right" Story

My daughter loves a good story, but sometimes there’s a difference between what she wants to hear and the story I tell her. This is an example, and how it relates to design.

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Losing Bids and Growing A Company

Over the weekend we took a short vacation to Niagara falls, Canada. As you would expect, it was awesome. But that’s another story. While we were on a tour, our guide explained to us that the boat trips were being operated by a new company, the Hornblower. And this is where it gets interesting for people like me who run a business.

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A Little HTML/CSS/JS in a CMS Never Hurt Anyone, Right?

For years we’ve been talking about separating JavaScript from HTML, and CSS, but there’s always a temptation to continue writing HTML and CSS into the wrong parts of our content management systems. I wasn’t willing to say this before, but it’s a design problem. And it really is a tough line to walk.

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A Few Changes for 2013

I’ve been meaning to mention a few things and just haven’t managed to do so. In the next few paragraphs you’ll probably understand why it’s been so hard to get all of this into words over the last few months. 2012 was crazy, especially the end, so this will be a bit of a recap as well as a preview of what’s to come in 2013.

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Don't Over-Think Your CSS (Part 1)

Over the years I've developed a love for making HTML and CSS as streamline as possible. Consider this piece of content for a very lean carousel. (You'd probably need more to actually make it work, but the point here is to show a principle of CSS, not to build a carousel.)

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Your First Web Application: From Design to Launch

Last night I had the privilege of speaking at Refresh Detroit about building web applications. Thank you to all the members and attendees of Refresh Detroit, and especially to Deborah, for inviting me. I had a great time as always!

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Speaking on Apps..

I’m thrilled to announce that Refresh Detroit has kindly asked me to speak December 12 in Ann Arbor Michigan. The title of the talk is “Your First Web Application, from Design to Launch” As you might have guessed, I’ll be talking about the process of planning, designing, and building applications.

If you’re in the Southern Michigan or Northern Ohio area, there’s still time and room to sign up. You can find all the details at the Refresh Detroit Meetup page. I hope to see you there!

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Sometimes Using IDs in CSS Just Makes Sense

Recently Chris Coyier and Harry Roberts opened up the conversation for CSS best practices and people are chiming in. I won’t disagree that the majority of the things Harry mentions are dead-on accurate, though whether or not I or anyone else actually follows them to the letter is debatable. But one of the personal guidelines that he points out is not to use ids in targeting CSS styles. As you might have guessed from the title, I subtly disagree.

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Advice To An Old Friend

I once had a friend approach me for design advice. He was a much better programmer then than I am today, and a really nice guy. He hadn’t been exposed to design like a lot of us had, and the internet was still rather young at the time.

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ArtisanJS Versus The Printer

I was so proud, I finished up a piece of art in ArtisanJS that I really loved and wanted to print. So, I found a printer and started thinking about what I’d need to give them to make something better than a digital print. After a minute of thinking about it, the reality of the situation started to hit me, I wasn’t sure I’d even be able to do what it was that I wanted to do. Rather than send a volley of 30 emails back and forth to clarify something as crazy as “I have this piece of art that I’ve created in HTML and I need it printed”, I decided to call.

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About Me

I'm David Brooks, an interactive designer, generative artist, and electronic musician from Michigan. During the day I build things for Artletic, a great UX studio in Colorado. At night I create art and write music as Light The Deep and craft applications like Thousand Wires, JavaScript libraries like ArtisanJS, and build interesting things for the amazing clients of Northward Compass.

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Technically Speaking

This site runs on the Textpattern content management system. CSS is precompiled by SASS, of course. Only a handfull of JavaScript libraries are in use, most notably Grunt. The visuals are done (by me) in Processing and Modo. The fonts are delivered with love by Typekit.


365 Days of Paleo/Progress

On July 1, 2014 I started into a year of Paleo and better health.
Here's my progress at a glance.

-18.2 lb. Weight

72 oz. Water Per Day

1787 Ave. Calories

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