A couple years ago, I wrote a post at the BatchBlue Blog about life as an in-house designer vs. an agency designer. I thought back to that post recently as we wrapped up another iteration of work here at PatientsLikeMe.
When I joined PatientsLikeMe, I wondered if I was going to be so eyebrow-deep in CSS that I wouldn’t be able to work on anything else. Once again, I was wrong. In this latest (3-week) iteration, I worked on the following:
- Got to dig into incredibly painstaking detail to solve some browser bugs on one of our client tools. You see, this UI has more z-index and absoute positioning than I’ve ever seen—and it all happens inside of a table—and it has to work in IE6! So, yeah. But I solved it, it was worth it, and a weird IE8 bug is actually what gave me the most trouble.
- Worked with Aaron to record a movie that is playing at our booth at this year’s Transplant Games.
- A new screencast for our Treatment Evaluations.
- Marked up and modularized a couple signup page options so we can mix and match in A/B testing.
- A redesign and rebuild of our PatientsLikeMeInMotion page (not yet pushed live).
- Solved a little problem of how to show admins who is seeing what in-app updates.
- A blog post about Campfire and Fluid on the PatientsLikeMe Tech Blog.
- Set up the Tech Blog with a .fluid class that gives us fluid images.
- Some survey form validation styling.
- Some post-TinyMCE anal retentive markup cleanup on our Partners site.
Once again, I really dig the in-house designer/developer thing. You’d think it involves working on the same thing over and over, but that couldn’t be further from the truth.