Archive for the ‘News’ Category

Baltimore City has Renewed my Contract until the End of the Year!

Wednesday, September 8th, 2010

Great news! My contract as a Baltimore City Public Schools web designer and web-manager-trainer has been renewed for the rest of 2010, and most likely will go longer. This has been my favorite job to date in my 10-year career as website designer. Though it pays less than I am used to, the mission, the people, and the projects are all very special and meaningful to me.

With the talents of Gregg Ford, Avery Scott, Colleen Roxas, many others, and I, we have launched approximately 205 new websites!

Check out the new district website

Browse Individual School Websites

I am so honored to be working with Gregg Ford, the rest of the Family and Community Team, and all the web managers at each individual school. The kids and their families are going to benefit immensely. I truly believe that this will open up new opportunities for kids who are otherwise swept under the rug of society.

I am honored because I get to do it for the kids. I wouldn’t be at this job without them.

Contract With Baltimore City Public Schools

Friday, June 4th, 2010

It is with great honor that I get to announce that I am now working for Baltimore City Public Schools to create a website for every single school.
I have the privilege of making a living, using my skills, and serving the community that I love. I am working with my boss in the communication department and two very talented MICA students.

We finished an intensive 3-Day Training sessions on the amazing Schoolwires Content Management System. Before the summer is out we will have all the schools professionally branded.

HTML5 is Coming (and is already here)

Tuesday, April 6th, 2010

With the very recent launch of the Apple I-Pad, I have seen the phrase “HTML 5” being thrown around more than ever before. I’m thinking, “OK what’s the big deal?”. So I started to actively research the new upcoming web standard and I must say I am truly excited! This is going to be a very nice leap for the web. Websites are going to look sharper and high-def with native SVG (Scalable Vector Graphics) support. SEO has the potential to be more useful and accurate with the new semantic tags such as <header>, <footer>, <article>, <nav>, to name a few.

Pack in <video>, <svg>, and <canvas>, and multimedia and interactivity will get a huge bump that could very well topple Flash, especially if all major browsers support all HTML5 with haste.

Check out this awesome video by Google to help you get up-to-date on the emerging web standard.

Introduction to HTML 5 from Brad Neuberg on Vimeo.

Based on my brief research so far, the new semantic tags are well supported across the browser platforms, at the very least. While HTML5 is still considered bleeding edge, it is safe to start using it. I know I will.

AaronBasch.com (re)Launched

Tuesday, March 16th, 2010

Well, AaronBasch.com is officially (re)launced with a new layout, pages, and blog.

I will be working to make improvements to some of the inner-content formatting on certain pages, especially to my resume. I really want my xhtml/css resume to look like something special. I plan on making it interactive, crisp, and colorful.

Special thanks to Kristina Lynn for writing me a very warm and very awesome client testimonial

Handcrafted Website

Sunday, March 14th, 2010

At last!  I am finally taking the time and care to give my website the same quality treatment I have given to my clients’ sites.  This has been long overdue.  I am really excited to present a nice website instead of merely a bare-bones list of URLs to work samples and client sites.

It is proving to be quite a challenge for me to do a website about myself and what I do.  I decided to make my tag-line “Custom Handcrafted Websites”.  Although websites are virtual assets that are created digitally, I take pride in the craftsmanship of a unique web creation.

I am almost done slicing and dicing my Photoshop layout into xhtml/css.  Then I will integrate those digital assets into my WordPress theme.  This should be happening sometime this week.  It can’t come soon enough.