Jessica Sideways is a web design student at the Art Institute of Colorado, pursuing an Associate of Applied Science in Web Design & Interactive Media. She likes long walks on the beach and DRY programming methods in an Agile environment where she can get her Scrum on. She plans on gaining enough skills and experience to become a full-stack web developer, which includes the ability to do everything from planning the site to developing and designing it, wrapping up with deploying it. Because of this, she studies a variety of topics, from web typography to the inner workings of Apache. From PHP to GTD.
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In our increasingly interactive world, interactivity in a website is becoming increasingly mandatory. However, interactivity must be tasteful, work for everyone, gracefully degrade and not hinder accessibility. This is the interactive philosophy of Jessica Sideways, who prefers coding in interactive features using jQuery instead of Flash. It is about exercising responsibility in web design.
At a portfolio review for the Art Institute of Colorado, I saw that someone claimed MAMP on their skill set and I asked them if they were really proficient with MAMP environments and after a bit of hemming and hawing, he finally admitted that he was only experienced with the MAMP software program for testing sites on his computer, not managing web services on a Macintosh, Apache, MySQL and PHP environment for live web sites. When I say that I am proficient in both MAMP and LAMP environments, I mean that I know what a mysql.sock file is and how to fix issues relating to that. I know how to edit a .htaccess and an httpd.conf file. I am comfortable with the command line (bash is second nature to me) and understand the differences in the Unix core between Linux and OS X based server environments.
In addition to studying web design at the Art Institute of Colorado, I am also studying French. As a anglophone who is learning French, I will be able to communicate with people throughout le mondial francophonie. French is the second most frequently used language on the Internet. Foreign language learning can enhance creative thinking, as it is still used as a lingua franca of culture, including art, film, literature, cuisine, dance and fashion.
Jessica Sideways works hard and she plays hard. Whether it is learning French at the Alliance Français or doing some Bikram Yoga, Jessica is always doing something amazing. When playing Neverwinter Nights 2, she enjoys playing lawful-good aligned tieflings (especially tiefling paladins). She also has an affinity for really nice hats. She lives in Boulder, Colorado and practices with the Ordo Templi Orientis.
JessicaSideways.com was built with love using Coda and is powered by CakePHP. I literally subscribed to fonts.com just so I could make sure Helvetica Neue was used throughout this site. This site uses a seriously hacked version of Bootstrap 3.0.2 and was customised with Sass. The photo of me right above this text was taken by Jack Gratton, a friend of mine.
First of all, I want to thank the people who wrote all those HTML books that I read back in 1998 when I got started. Somehow, I picked up on HTML enough to begin my path of web design. I also want to thank Lesile Streckfuss, my high school photoshop teacher, for getting me started on Photoshop. I want to thank my friend Matt Craig for giving me the love and support to continue to excel in the craft. To all the companies willing to take a chance on me and bring me on as an intern. Finally, to Aleister Crowley, to whom I am eternally grateful and by whom, I am eternally perplexed and frustrated.