Howdy. My name is Bryan.

I'm a designer and developer. It's nice to meet you!

I live in Memphis, Tenn., with my wife, son and two cats.

I've been in the industry for over a decade now, and I have learned to embrace my professional passions. That's why I care strongly about new web layout, post-modern CSS and building up the developer and designer communities around me.

I work I write I experiment I podcast I present I organize

Latest Articles

Firefox 52 to Introduce New Box-Alignment Values

CSS Grid is coming in Firefox 52 in March. That’s amazing. It could overshadow a few small improvements that are also coming in the release. The Box-Alignment module is getting a couple new features, as...

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Falling Forward — Rethinking Progressive Enhancement, Graceful Degradation and Developer Morality

Forget what you know about Graceful Degradation. Forget what you know about Developer Convenience. Forget what you know about Progressive Enhancement. Instead of arguing over these terms, we should focus on how to change our...

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Start Exploring the Magic of CSS Grid Layout

Grid is an amazing new CSS Specification coming to major browsers in 2017. When it’s ready for use in production, it’s going to drastically change the way we do layout on the web. Currently, there’s...

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I Converted My Blog to CSS Grid Layout and Regret Nothing

With the death of Lella Vignelli last week (Dec. 21, 2016), I read for the first time The Vignelli Canon. The layout of the pages inspired me. I knew that I wanted to give a...

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Feature Queries are on the Rise

Since the Web became a more beautiful place with the advent of CSS, there’s always been a struggle in the use of more modern features of CSS with browsers who are either slower to adopt...

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CSS Shapes — Let the Text Flow Around You

There’s magic in the air around CSS right now. There’s so much new to be excited about. One simple thing that you should get excited about is the CSS Shapes Module. These are not CSS...

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Flexbox -- Let's start simple

Layout in CSS is hard. We’ve spent the 2 decades since the inception of CSS battling with its idea of how to lay out content on the web. When we moved from table-based layouts to...

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Memorializing Prince and Print vs. The Web

A giant of the music industry passed on April 21. While I wasn’t a zealous follower of his music, I can tell you the world is a sadder place without Prince in it. But that’s...

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I went to Italy and noticed UX fails

Ciao friends! I’m just arriving back in the States from a trip to Italy. I’m not exactly much of a world traveller, but a good time was had. While I enjoyed the majority of what...

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I post regular experiments to CodePen

If you're interested in the random things I'm working up, I post them to CodePen. Even though, I've got a pro account, I'm really bad at keeping things "private."

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A small selection of my projects

Operation Broken Silence

Operation Broken Silence

On Operation Broken Silence, an award-winning site design, I offered creative direction, technical planning and information architecture to create a bold site for a Memphis-based non-profit taking on the genocide in the Sudan.

OBS hadn't had a web presence of their own and RocketFuel worked together with them to create a high-class, donor-driven site including interactive infographics and placing their video production skills at the forefront.

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Memphis Web Workers

Memphis Web Workers

As one of two organizers for the Memphis Web Workers -- a user group that meets monthly to discuss design and front-end development -- I tasked myself with creating a new site to meet our growing needs.

Originally a basic Wordpress theme, I recreated it as a static site utilizing new CSS techniques and layouts to create a unique experience for Memphis technology groups as befits our status as a design/developer hybrid group. When we started podcasting, I increased the functionality to deal with the added needs.

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Memphis Grizzlies Foundation

Memphis Grizzlies Foundation

When the Memphis Grizzlies Foundation was in need of a new website, they were also in need of a new site architecture. Through multiple meetings with the client, we worked out a new site map that met their needs and stayed within standards of website conventions.

Then, I worked with the RocketFuel design and development to implement an amazing visual design -- with multiple iterations to meet a demanding client's strong aesthetic sense -- and streamlined code -- with an eye toward the client being able to edit content in the custom RocketFuel CMS.

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TrophyBox Cards

TrophyBox Cards

Bryce Carson came to RocketFuel with an inkling of an idea for a new way of handling "Case Breaks" in the world of card collecting. We worked through strategy, branding (naming and logo creation) as well as a unique custom development project to create a real-time application in which users can "draft" cards from a case broken by TrophyBox.

Since finishing the project, Bryce has been able to license the technology to one of the largest case-breaking websites on the market.

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E.W. Scripps

E.W. Scripps

For two years, I worked at the E.W. Scripps Interactive Newspaper Group managing the front-end code for 13 newspaper websites. In this capacity, I oversaw the Django templates, two custom javascript libraries and a whole host of 3rd-party vendor integrations.

While managing the front-end code base, I also worked on the visual design, information architecture and interaction design. I dipped my toes in user testing and helped all 13 news properties utilize their sites via a design framework that allowed them to customize the site, but stay within brand standards.

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