Staring At A Screen
My advice when a site is stacked (visually vertical layout) rather than horizontal :
Steep some tea leaves and ask if you have the right class.
This is very true when looking at a site from a desktop, laptop, tablet, phone or fonblet (yuck) screen and using a framework that is mobile first.
The CSS holds the key for a website that’s going to look good on any screen size. As often as I mark up text with HTML5, when creating a website, it’s the Cascading Style Sheet (CSS) that I stare at the most. It is here where we designers and tinkerers make a site pop.
Getting Our Classes Straight
Today’s website benefits from a responsive design approach. Mobile first frameworks such as Bootstrap and Foundation allow me to steep a site that’s going to work visually from a phone, tablet or laptop/desktop screen.
Using the right class (geeky pun?) simply means that some predefined style rules are written and used which allow the various sections of your website to visually deliver the proper brand message and experience required. This ranges from colors, fonts, headers, and menus to stacked vs horizontal layouts depending upon the device from which the site is viewed. There’s quite a bit more, but the mumbo jumbo simply boils down to :
I spend some time sipping through cups of tea while tweaking the layout and feel of your site.
Delivery of a responsive site means that I’m staring at different screens because your brand message and story is not just confined to a desktop view – not in today’s very mobile world.
It’s art as much as function – and quite fun for me.
So if you’re thinking about refreshing your site or starting from scratch, why not give me another reason to stare at more screens? TeazMedia plays with pixels all day long. I also tweet a lot about it to add to the fun. (Means I’m quite reachable and saner since I’m not talking out loud to myself in public – as much).
Okay, it’s also a good reason for me to steep more tea – there, you have the big picture now. Thank you for stopping by.
It would be an honor to have more screen time with your brand story.
A social media meeting this week led to a happy unexpected discovery.
I didn’t realize what a cave dwelling simpleton I was until the tea friendly folks over at Skyrise Real Estate Group handed me a large bag with some kind of thank you for something TeazMedia does in its sleep.
Maybe my sleep tweeting is a skill?
The good folks at SkyriseRE decided that it was time to help bring me into the 21st century tea drinking world. Maybe, they thought it might be good to give my eyes another distraction away from timelines, feeds and blog posts.
Really, only disturb sleep tweeters if their posts can no longer be translated by Tweetbot 3!
Inside the pleasingly colored bag with characteristics of a Teavana tea shop (eyes distracted away from my screen) was a happy discovery indeed.
A couple of interesting cardboard containers inside held a very pleasingly curved tea tumblr, varities of loose leaf tea, tin airtight containers, dwarf-hearty steel teaspoon, crystal rock sugar and a clear alchemist worthy tea maker from Teavana.
Ohhh so many distractions.
I’ve discovered that the strange alchemy device was called a PerfecTea Maker. It’s a see-through mad scientist quality beaker thing that turns water into gold – toss in 3 teaspoons of Rooibos Chai with hot water, close the lid, and watch the water turn into consummable gold. After the proper steeping time of 5 minutes (for this type), place the PerfecTea maker on top of the tea tumbler and watch the liquid gold travel from beaker to tumbler. Toss in some sugar chrystals snd cosume through the writing of three blog posts, a dozen tweets and one Facebook contest with tea still hot enough to tackle a WordPress install.
Skyrise Real Estate Group, you nailed the perfect gift for me. Thank you again for being so great and allowing me to assist with your social media and design needs.
I may not be cured from sleep tweeting (nice try) but a little serendipity and kindness makes me want to write the next tweet in your honor.
First, let me watch my tea steep. Back in five.
Truely, Thank You!
You leave me speechless with your generosity. ~ teaneedz
Shining Cars, Shining Day
For those who wanted to see more than the Fordish rides of Part 1 – here are a few examples of other vehicles found at the 2013 Gilroy Garlic City Fun Run & Car Show.
I guess sometimes something small has dreams of becoming something bigger in life. A model in a trunk takes less gas though.
The videos below are various short recordings of mostly red views and even one Betty Boop.
Where garlic is king, a few good views can be counted on – even if one chooses to pedal it. Hey, even a bike can have it’s day – can’t it?
5th Street Was Smokin’
It was the 2013 Gilroy Garlic City Fun Run & Car Show – with lighting of the famous Garlic Festival garlic bulb.
It was worth the bike ride …
… and a buck for iced tea.
This wasn’t just any city’s 5th Street!
I decided to pedal on downtown. It was pretty warm, but there were some pretty cool looking vintage rides – making the pedaling worthwhile.
Monterey Street, between 4th and 6th was closed off and turned into a chrome showcase. Boy was it hot though!
Halfway between 5th Street and 6th Street, on the west side of Monterey Street, I found a small Mexican bakery with a treasure – Arizona iced tea. It definitely took the edge off of the heat.
Who let the snakes and horses out? A Shelby GT500 and 289 red wrapped engine were worth my ride on two wheels.
I’ll try to add some additional non-Fordish videos later this week 😉