S.R. Wild

Recent Blog Posts

One Year Later

As we pass the one year anniversary of my last blog post and arrive at the one year anniversary of the last time I was in a grocery store, it’s a good time to reflect on how much I’ve posted since then. Let’s see. I have posted absolutely nothing. Why not? Well, you see, since then a few things happened that put writing to the void on a long list of low priority items. So what happened?

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Scripting Guides in After Effects

Screenshot of guides on an After Effects composition

I wanted an easier way to make guides in After Effects. I also wanted to learn more about scripting in Adobe apps. The best way to learn something is to make something. And, making a tool you’d use is very rewarding.

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I Made Some Changes

I’ve been working a lot on this site so I can apply the things I learn on projects I get paid to do. I’ve learned a lot the past few weeks and I’ve made some significant changes.

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Feeding Time

This blog has an RSS feed! I think I did it correctly. I didn’t use a plugin, I made a page with a loop that goes over all the blog posts and makes the RSS XML things.

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Guidelines with DrawBot

Calligraphy guideline sheet made with DrawBot

I started doing calligraphy and lettering a couple years ago after I received The ABC of Custom Lettering by Ivan Castro for Christmas. I practice a lot. Although, not so much in the warmer months because I spend a most of my free time riding motorbikes. Now that there’s ice on the roads I’ll spend some of that time doing lettering and calligraphy. The rest will be spent on the endless, and sometimes overwhelming, task of learning and keeping up with web development.

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CodePen: Variable Chunklet

Variable font sample with the words “Start Horn Fear”

To better understand variable fonts, I’ve been experimenting with making them and, for extra fun, animating them. The typeface I designed is called Chunklet. I love slab serifs and I wanted to make my own. It is a work in progress and may never be finished. It’s an exercise. When I started working on it it was a single weight. I soon realized it could be a variable font so I went for it. I’m still figuring things out but I’m learning.

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Sponsor Me on The DGR

Photo of me from behind in dapper clothes riding my Triumph Bonneville during the 2018 Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride. I edited the license plate to say “MAGPIE”. Photo by Obsedian Photography.

The Distinguished Gentlemen’s Ride is taking place worldwide on September 29th. I’m participating again this year in Burlington, VT. Last year I raised $333 thanks to some very fine people. Sponsoring me would make me very happy.

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Redesign 2019

I have been redesigning and redesigning this site for almost 10 years. I did many versions. I was so close to launching it a few times. I didn’t. I was never happy with it. The closest I got was putting a few versions on a staging site. Designing for yourself is hard. I can efficiently crank out good work for clients, but doing work for myself is a problem. I’m the worst client. “That’s a great start. Only one change: can you start over? —Best Regards”

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CodePen: End Credits

Move end credits on CodePen using flexbox and grid

I wanted to create something like the end credits of a movie for the colophon on this site. CodePen is great for sketching things out like that. It was a good exercise in flexbox and grid. Not to brag (maybe a bit), it was a Picked Pen on the CodePen front page. It’s encouraging when others see and like work I do. I’m a bit code shy, which is one of the reasons I got a CodePen Pro account: pens are private by default.

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CodePen: Blackletter CSS

Example of Blackletter calligraphy made with CSS

I tried to create blackletter calligraphy in pure css. This is my first Pen on CodePen. It’s not perfect, mind-blowing, or front-page-featuring.

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