Interactive Developer

Yesterday someone told me, “Just mention Garrison Hughes, and you can do whatever you want.”

Well don’t mind if I do.

In February I took a full time job as Interactive Developer with Garrison Hughes Agency in Downtown Pittsburgh. I have been slow rolling the news as I made the transition from working for myself to honest employment.

Why give up the freedom of working for yourself and making your own schedule you ask. Great question. While the uncertainty of health care coverage would have been a major conundrum, there are more important reasons. For a few months I was itching to get into to a team environment. To sharpen team development skills, work with other designers and developers, and focus more on development projects.

Ever since being laid off at The Art Institute of Pittsburgh I’ve been shifting from graphic designer to front end developer. This has been an awesome and rewarding transition. I tell people all the time that I wish someone in high school would have turned me on to computer programing. I love my art background, but the joy of coding has really become a part of me.

In 2011 I was basically a WordPress theme implementor. Today, I’m a theme developer. The work is challenging, there is always something new (or old) to learn, and the community is awesome. This job is a natural step in my journey as a developer.

To wrap this up, I’m back downtown! Lets get coffee or lunch or whatever if you are around.

mysql Bubble & New Music

I hit a wall today moving the Joomla Database to a WordPress structure. Basically my lack skills in the mysql scripts department is the reason. I tried to hack a few scripts but they didn’t run, basically because I have no idea what I’m doing.

All the quick searching I did led me to sources that assumed I understand how other mysql commands work.

All in all it was a productive week and I have a really good understanding of where all my content is the database and where it needs to go. Next week I hope to get our subscription tool configured and working. Which shouldn’t be as much of a brain drain as moving databases.


I found some great new music on bandcamp recently.

Adebisi Shank – I found these guys two weeks ago actually. Basically I needed something energetic to get me through friday afternoon. They hit the spot.

Childhood, by Pearl River Sound – Pretty chill and I really dig track 3

88:88, by Makeup and Vanity Set – Unique band name. Pretty chill electro.