Quick Update on the New Portfolio & Blog

It’s already turning into a crazy month, but this time around I am focused on finishing my new portfolio and blog. I would like to release some sneak previews for those who are interested.

I am developing in HTML5, a few CSS3 tricks, and a mixture of my jQuery widgets and features. I will be writing a full review of my process once I am complete. Stay tuned, thank you for your patience!


Sneak Preview - Soh Tanaka


Sneak Preview - Soh Tanaka


Sneak Preview - Soh Tanaka

Fell Off the Face of the Earth…

As you may have noticed I have been MIA for the past month on my blog and also been hiding out on the social media tip. I would like to update you guys with some news on what I have been doing and whats coming up next.

Soh Went Missin. WTH happened?

I’ve been battling “Burnout” for a while, and it finally caught up to me around December. Juggling a day job, freelance, personal/guest blog, family/friends, and holidays has always been a challenge for me and this is something I would like to improve on this year. I know there are many others in the same shoes, and for those who are handling business while maintaining a healthy balance between work and life, I applaud you and give you the utmost respect. If you have any advice on how to better handle this, I would love to hear about them 🙂

What Have I been Working On Recently?

I recently met DStyles who is a famous turntablist (Beat Junkies/Invisibl Skratch Piklz) at a weekly underground hiphop/electronica spot here in Los Angeles. Dstyles works for Vestax and they were in need of a website for their new product “Spin” which is a mixer strictly for the Mac. With a tight deadline of 3 weeks, I was able to pull this project off for them. I’ll have an update later when the site is live.

I also decided to redesign my portfolio and started messing around with ideas here and there. The main reason for my redesign was to first test how far I’ve come since my last redesign, but also to make my tutorials easier to find. This may take me a little while longer since clients always come first, but its something that I would like to accomplish within the next few months. Updates coming soon!

Whats Up Now?

I’m going on vacation to Cebu City, Philippines with my wife starting today! Its a vacation long overdue, and I am planning to enjoy every moment of it. I will be gone for 2 1/2 weeks, when I return, I will back in action with new tutorials and projects. Thank you for your patience and again I apologize about the silent moments on this blog. This is my time to decompress, reorganize my thoughts, set goals for 2010, and hopefully find new inspirations. I hope to come back refreshed and ready to take on the new year. If you guys are interested, I will be happy to post some pictures of my adventure.

Whats Coming up?

I have another exciting project lined up around Feb/March. I would like to keep it on the down low for now but will keep you updated. I also wrote a tutorial for .Net Magazine on a portfolio image slider which should be out this month (Issue #197). I will be releasing a tutorial to follow up with that piece very soon.

Final Thoughts

All in all, I hope my burnout will pass, and I will be back in the game shortly. 2009 was a great year and I learned a ton from the design/dev community. Big thanks goes out to Steven Snell for bringing me up when I was just starting to blog, Chris Coyier for his fantastic tutorials and all the lessons I have learned over the years, Vitaly Friedman for inviting me to write for SM and being so patient with my schedule, and to all my readers, I appreciate all of the support, feedback, and patience. I wish you all a healthy and successful 2010!! Its time to make moves, lets make it happen!

Surviving the 1st Year

I was looking back at some of my old posts and noticed I have now been blogging for a year. Now that I am reflecting back, I would like to comment on the things that I have learned and experienced.

What I Learned from Blogging

My director at my day job always told me that it’s important to give back to the community. I’ve had a great year being able to do just that, and in return I’ve had the opportunity to get to know some brilliant and talented people. I ended up learning more about the technique I was sharing from reader feedback and comments, and most importantly it made me overcome my fear of writing.

I was never the type to write, I actually hated it and avoided it at all costs. Although I still make stupid spelling/grammar errors, I am now able to communicate my thoughts much easier than ever before. Not only did it help my verbal and writing skills, but it has also helped me effectively teach people and allowed me to understand usability in a new light. Good communication is good usability (whether its written or demonstrated graphically), I never thought of it this way till now.

For those who hate or fear writing the way I did, its never too late to change. Get your blog started and see where it takes you. When you write about things you love, its much more enjoyable and your words will flow more naturally. Communication is key in dealing with clients and working in a team, blogging may be your gateway to overcome those fears.

Thank You

To all of those who have supported me, I truly appreciate your support and encouragement. Thank you for all of the comments, feedback, suggestions, calling out my fails, etc. this blog would not be where it’s at without you. Looking forward to another great year, feel free to catch me anytime!

Post Highlights

Just in case you missed some of my older posts here are some highlights:

Thoughts on Web Design

Always Backup Your Files and Database!

I just want to do a recap of what happened about a week ago. I had been sharing a dedicated machine with my partner for a few months, until one Friday morning, the site just never came up. I had assumed it had something to do with exceeding bandwidth and running out of memory, little did I know, the entire machine had crapped out and had wiped everything out. Now I don’t want to go over details of how it happened since I still don’t have a clear answer to that, but I would just like to remind everyone to BACKUP all your files and your database.

This blog was luckily backed up once a week with this awesome plugin, but unfortunately DesignBombs.com was not. I had to enter all its entries from the ground up. If this site went down completely without a backup I really don’t know if I would have had the patience to write all of my tutorial all over again. Please let my mistake and foolishness be a lesson to anyone out there that is not in a routine backing up!

WordPress Backup Plugins

If you don’t have a backup system yet, I highly suggest you set something up. If you are on WordPress like me, here are two that people are highly recommending.

Where am I hosted Now?

I asked a couple people I really trust with large communities, and they had pointed me to a couple good hosting companies to look into. I decided to run with Media Temple, and am now on their Dedicated-Virtual setup.

Other recent articles related to backing up

New Gallery Site: Design Bombs

I have been working on a new web gallery site called DesignBombs the past few weeks. It all started from buying a domain name sporadically (was an inside joke between co-workers), moving on to experimenting with a logo, then transforming it self to a gallery style site.

Although Design Bombs kind of unravelled out of no where, it was a cool little personal project and I had a lot of fun designing and building it. I know there are a lot CSS Galleries out there already, hope there is still room for another one!

Design Bombs

Design Bombs