Hi, I’m Bill. I’m a designer, illustrator and photographer, working on the web since 1997 and writing online since 2001. I’ve had a pretty varied career, including contractor, print designer, game artist, webmaster, consultant, design director, and head of my own small studio. I graduated from MICA at the exact moment paste-up and rubylith gave way to Quark, which meant I got in at exactly the right time.
For the first couple of years I posted by hand, uploading via FTP. It quickly got to be a hassle to hand-code everything, check it, and then post when there were several robust web-based tools becoming available, but it took me a while to get around to changing my workflow. In the middle of March 2005, on or about the fourth birthday of this weblog, I bought a new domain and switched over to Moveable Type to maintain the site. MT worked well for a couple of years until I got tired of the increasing complexity of redesigns and upkeep, and the upgrade to 4.0 sounded a little too time-consuming. In 2008, I migrated to WordPress in search of more flexibility and ease of use.
As I write this, I realize I’m kind of a dinosaur in the age of Facebook and Twitter, but the purpose for this site hasn’t changed since the day I started writing it. The whole point was to have a single place to keep all of my thoughts, pictures, and links instead of spreading them out across different sites, so this remains the best place to find me.
My wife, daughter and I live outside Baltimore in an ex-doctor’s office/house with a hillbilly cat and a truckload of plaster dust. I freelance as a web designer and illustrator. I own a smelly old truck which looks ugly now but will be slowly restored as time and money permit.
I take photos with a Nikon D7000 and D70, Canon 5D, 7D, (new-skool) a Minolta X-700, Rolleicord, and various antique 620 format cameras (old-skool.) Here’s a link to my Flickr account, and one to my Instagram account, if you haven’t already found them.