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Hi! My name is John Slipper.

I do product management & frontend development in Auckland, New Zealand.

Welcome to Wordpress!

My website shown on a laptop screen
UPDATE: I have since completely overhauled the site with a more modern design.

I'm pretty new to Wordpress; I know what you're going to say... "How come your only just using Wordpress, you're a web developer right?"

Well the answer to the above question is yes I am a web developer, but I have never found the time to actually develop my own site.

I have used Wordpress before but only with really pre-made templates, so this time I thought I'd start from scratch and build a template from the ground up. It also seemed like an ideal time to get familiar with Compass and Bourbon.

In the past I have taken to making my own sites static, with the goal to get them 100% perfect before launch. The reasoning behind it being that my own website should reflect the quality of work I do on a day-to-day basis. In recent years browsers have leapt forward in features and capability to such a degree that keeping up with the latest tech is now a full-time job in itself!

Website responsive phone layout

With that in mind I am now changing my approach to thinking of my own site as more of a continuing work in progress; a sort of scratch pad for experimenting with new ideas. Along with that approach I am also using a CMS, in this case Wordpress, to post regularly and become a more active member of the web development community.

The responsive design has been in the works for a long time (I wouldn't say I've spent a long time actually on it though!), it is a little experimental and any feedback is appreciated.

I have avoided targeting the responsive design at specific device sizes that date quickly as technology progresses. Instead I have added breakpoints to the design at intelligent widths that compliment the content and optimise the layout regardless of device type (from mobile to large desktops).

I am writing this on my development server on a working template, which I plan to go live with shortly. Although it is still in it's infancy, I will be improving and enhancing the design over time, maybe even adding full Internet Explorer 8 support! (definitely maybe on that one).

My previous websites in Flash (left), HTML5/CSS3 center & HTML4/CSS2 (right)
My previous websites in Flash (left), HTML5/CSS3 center & HTML4/CSS2 (right)