Deco-Crete Logo Design

Deco-Crete Logo Design
In 2006 a personal client of mine Jason Geiser who I had built his first logo for Cornerstone Concrete gave me a new project to come up with a whole new logo and brand identity for his new company called Deco-crete. I love being part of start-up companies and watching them grow. Today his company has grown and distributes his supplies to hundreds of concrete contractors all over North America.

Lulu Jane Elegant Pet Products

Lulu Jane Elegant Pet Products
Back in 2004 while I worked for Orrville Pet Products and I was tasked by the company’s CEO Christine Fellows to create new branding for a upscale new line of Pet products for those lap dogs that we as dog lovers love to spoil with nifty collars, leashes and treats. The art was inspired by Dr. Suess children books.

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In Memory of my Dad James Norman

My dad loved life and he lived it to the fullest. Even when he knew he didnt have long to live he still had a smile on his face and was always joking around — Drew Norman

James “Jim” Norman III, 66, lost a long-fought battle with prostate cancer on Sunday, December 14, 2014 at his home in San Diego, CA.

James is survived by his best friend and partner of eight years, Cheryl Jennie; son, Andrew (Dana) Norman of Columbus, Ohio; three sisters, including Jeanne Norman of Greenwood, Indiana; Christol (Rev. Eric) Brown of Warren, Ohio; Birdina Jones of Girard, Ohio; and five brothers, including Jerome (Janice) Norman, Sr., of Kentucky; and Marvis L. (Marilyn) Norman; Lionel Norman, Glenn (Anita) Norman, and Derwin Norman, all of Warren, Ohio; and two grandsons: Maxwell and Garrett Norman of Wooster, Ohio.

Born in Orrville, Ohio to Elizabeth (Palm) Norman and James Norman Jr., James attended Orrville High School, graduating in 1966. He played semi-pro football, and wore number 84 as a tight end for a team called the Mohican Raiders.

In 1968 James made the decision to serve his country and enlisted in the United States Navy. He enjoyed a full career as a Chief Petty Officer specializing in interior communications and electric systems, retiring in 1999. After retiring from the Navy, James embarked on a second career, in private security. His last position before retiring was as chief of security with the Westin Hotels corporate office in San Diego, California.

Although James was a private person, his friendly personality made him popular with many people. In almost any part of San Diego, he would encounter someone he knew and a lively conversation would ensue.

Despite having moved away from Ohio years earlier, James never lost his passion for the Cleveland Browns and The Ohio State University football (instead of “hello”, he was sometimes known to greet people with “GO BROWNS!”). Weekends and Monday nights were always spent with Cheryl in front of his 70” HD TV, rooting on his favorite teams.

James also loved music—he played bass in a band in the 1970s, and had a particular fondness for Elton John, jazz and Motown. He appreciated nature, and especially enjoyed the hummingbirds that regularly visited his balcony. And he loved to laugh, always amused by classic comedies like The Little Rascals, which he enjoyed watching with his son Drew.

In addition to his parents, James was preceded in death by a brother, Maurice Norman, and three sisters, Arnel Norman, Alberta Norman and Mary Norman.

The memorial service will be held January 5, 2015 at 11am at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery 10175 Rawiga Road, Rittman, OH 44270, and will be officiated by John Doyel. Please note: the service will be outdoors, so please dress appropriately for the weather.

As it was James’s request to be cremated, no visitation is planned. He respectfully requested that in lieu of flowers you consider a memorial gift in his name. Please leave your condolences in the comments section of the blog.

God bless you all for attending the celebration of a great father, a great leader, a beloved brother and most thankfully a follower of Jesus Christ. I will always love you daddy. Give all my aunties, uncles and grandparents a kiss for me.

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One of the best teachers on Lynda.com for front end web development

Ray Villalobos

Ray Villalobos

Ray Villalobos is a full-stack design/development teacher who focuses on JavaScript, AngularJS, and Sass.

Ray Villalobos is a full-stack design/development teacher and a full-time author at Lynda.com. His courses are focused on front-end design and development topics such as JavaScript, AngularJS, and Sass, plus frameworks like Bootstrap and tools that will make you a faster, more effective, and efficient developer. He has a clear and practical teaching style and will help you improve your skills through real-world exercises and projects.

Previously, as a director of multimedia for Entravision Communications, Ray managed a network of radio and TV station websites on the East Coast. He also designed large newspaper sites and created interactive projects/games for the Tribune network of newspapers. You can reach him through any social network @planetoftheweb or check out his personal blog at http://raybo.org.

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Marathon Mentality – Believing that nothing is impossible

Drew Norman, a second year Visual Communications major at The Art Institute of Pittsburgh and a native of Apple Creek Ohio, finished with a time of 3 hours 30 minutes and placed 312th out of 1900 man field at the May 5th City of Pittsburgh marathon.Though most people may consider marathon running a bit demanding, Drew enjoys running because its good for the mind and body, In November 11, 1990 Drew ran the Columbus Marathon where he finished 7th in the 19 year old category with a time of 3:09.57. His time qualified him for the Boston Marathon. Drews philosophy in life is and still is “Believing that nothing is impossible. All things can be accomplished if you set your mind to them.”


May 21, 1991 by The Art Institute of Pittsburgh

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Launched New Drenda.com in July

2018 was a busy year for web make overs. I started a new career as lead developer at Faith Life Church. We moved all the websites into WordPress. Drendas challenge was to migrate from a flat file cms called Kirby. Drenda is a one a mazing Pastor and it was important to have a site that could keep up with her and the moving holy spirit. Checkout her website https://drenda.com Her site features formidable forms to control the TV You Tube section. The Theme I used was a child theme of Jupiter. I did alot of customizations to make it our own.

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Simple explanation PHP OOP vs Procedural?

Short No-Jargon Answer:

  1. You can think of source code as “chunks” of functionality, that just happen to be saved to individual files.
  2. There are different ways of organizing those “chunks”; depending on things like conventions of the programming language, the background and training of the developer(s), plain old personal preference, and so forth.
  3. OOP and Procedural programming are simply two main, generally-recognized methodologies, for how to organize and arrange those “chunks” of code.

Long No-Jargon Answer:

Procedural vs OOP is just one aspect of a fundamental issue of computer programming: how to make your code easy to understand and a piece of cake to professionally maintain. You can actually write “Procedural” code that follows some of the principles of OOP, so the two are not necessarily opposites.

Your understanding will really grow once you learn other object-oriented programming languages, among which, PHP is a “new kid on the block”.

Here is a quick overview of what you learn as you build experience:

  • You can write PHP source code that does useful tasks
  • You can organize useful tasks into “chunks” of code
  • You can think of “chunks” of code independently of the individual files where they are saved
  • Sometimes those “chunks” of code will behave differently based on parameters you pass in
  • Chunks of code that accept parameters are called “Functions”
  • Functions can be “chunked” together, and there are different ways of doing this:
    • For example: you could have just one big PHP file with all the functions you have ever written in your entire life, listed in alphabetical order by function name
    • For example: you could have multiple PHP files with functions that are chunked together by subject matter [e.g., functions for doing basic string manipulation, functions for processing arrays, functions for file input/output, etc]
  • OOP is a special way of “chunking” Functions together into a “Class”
  • A Class is just another level of “chunking” code together so that you can treat it as a unified whole
  • A Class can be thought of as a “chunking” of methods and properties
    • methods are simply functions that are logically related to one another in some meaningful way. The words “method” and “function” are basically two different terms for the same thing.
    • properties are simply data values that are related to the class. These are values that are intentionally non-isolated to any individual function, because all of the functions in the class should have access to them.
      • For example: if your class has a bunch of methods for doing astronomy, properties of the class might be the values for certain famous numbers that all astronomy methods need to know about (like Pi, the speed of light, the distance between specific planets, etc.).
    • This is where most OOP explanations get confusing because they branch off into real world examples” which can quickly get off-topic. Often, “real world” is a euphemism for the ontological perspectives of a particular individual. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, but that’s only useful once you already understand the concept well enough to teach it to someone else.
    • To understand OOP without confusion, you can skip the “real world” examples for now, and just focus on the code. A Class is simply a way to store functions (aka methods) and properties (aka data) as PHP code in one or more related “chunks” where each individual “chunk” deals with a specific topic or piece of functionality. That’s all you need to know in order to get started.
  • A Class is useful because it allows you to organize your code at a very high level in a way that makes it easy for you to understand, use, and maintain.
  • When someone has written a lot of functions, and organized them into a lot of Classes, and gotten those to work together in some cool way, they package the whole thing together and call it a “Framework”.
  • A Framework is just the next-highest level of “chunking” (including coding style and conventions) that one or more people agree on because they like the way the code is organized and it suits their working style, preferences, values, plans for world domination, etc.

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