Switching Gears

Beginning Monday, October 1, I’ll be joining the clever crew at RoundPegg, full-time in a dedicated position at their office at Pearl Street’s East End in Boulder.

This is a big transition for me and a decision that was not made easily. For the past several years I’ve been living a dream. I went independent, started a design business and successfully blazed my own path doing what I love. I’ve labored for clients and poured my heart into projects I was proud of. I’ve collaborated with the brightest and most talented colleagues of my career and learned a great deal in return. All things considered I was completely satisfied, professionally. Whenever I would receive full-time offers from clients in the past I would always decline. It never appealed to me and always felt like a step backwards. So what changed?

For starters, this doesn’t feel like “taking a job”. I’ve worked with RoundPegg for over a year now helping out with UI design, front-end dev and various icon and illustration projects. Right from the get-go working with RoundPegg just felt like a good fit. They are a small, productive company and I’ve always enjoyed working with them.

After working with RoundPegg on a semi-regular basis I’ve already begun to feel like an active part of their team. When they recently approached me about coming onboard it felt like a natural progression. For the first time in a long time I was excited at the idea of joining a team again. Not just professionally but for personal reasons as well.

Anyone who’s ever ran their own business knows just how hard it is to maintain a solid balance between work and life. The work never stops. This is especially taxing with a family. The ability to focus on work while at work and enjoy my family and friends when I leave the office is a luxury I’ve long forgotten.

I’m humbled and grateful for the experiences I’ve had over the past several years and I sincerely thank all the wonderful clients and friends I’ve met along the way. I’m excited to join the talented group at RoundPegg and looking forward to what lies ahead.

Cava Mezze Grill Mobile Website

Cava Mezze Grill mobile web development

Cava Mezze Grill is a successful Greek restaurant chain that offers nutritious fast-casual Greek fare using fresh, local ingredients for a truly unique and delicious experience. We recently had the pleasure of helping Cava Mezze Grill make their website mobile friendly to cater to their hungry users on the go.

CavaGrill.com was originally designed by Unison who did a fantastic job designing a beautiful website for modern desktop browsers. We took their existing design and front-end assets and rolled them into a custom ExpressionEngine CMS so Cava Mezze Grill could easily update and manage their previously static website. Once the CMS was in place we used moderate device detection to optimize the markup and content for mobile users on the go. We also crafted a responsive interface for device browsers which enabled the original Cavagrill.com design to be fluid for smaller screen sizes.

The end result was a hybrid mobile solution. Rather than forking the existing site and using a subdomain to redirect users to a dedicated mobile site we created responsive styles for handheld devices and used device detection to optimize content delivery and improve load times on non-desktop browsers. This was a fantastic solution as it allowed Cava Mezze Grill to maintain a single domain, codebase and source of content while providing an optimum user experience to all their users, regardless of the browser or device they accessed the website on.