Author Archives: Cat

Syntax Highlighting for Sass in Sublime Text 2

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Here’s how to get your Sublime Text to highlight Sass (.scss) files correctly! First, you need to have the Package Manager installed in Sublime Text. If you already have Package Manager, skip to the next step. Copy the following command, and in Sublime Text go to View > Show Console. Paste the copied command into   …Continue Reading


The Women in Public Service Project Blog

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The Women in Public Service Project is a partnership between Hillary Clinton’s U.S. State Department and the five leading women’s colleges including Bryn Mawr that seeks to increase the number of women leaders worldwide to 50% of public and political figures in 50 years. The website was designed and built by iFactory using WordPress as   …Continue Reading


Easy Design Improvement: Buttons

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I read this article in my Google Reader feeds from UX Matters, called “7 Basic Best Practices for Buttons,” and immediately got to work applying some changes based on this article to a recent client site, LoyLewis.com: In less than an hour I’d improved the experience of shopping on this site and made these important   …Continue Reading


HTML Email for Bryn Mawr College

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I designed an email incorporating Bryn Mawr College’s new visual identity for a newsletter. In addition to the visual design, I built a responsive layout that would work in email clients on mobile devices as well as the typical popular desktop clients. The layout code was based on Mailchimp’s Email Blueprints and Campaign Monitor’s mobile   …Continue Reading


Adjectives for Describing Your Brand

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When I begin working with clients to define a look & feel for their website, I start with defining the emotions they want to evoke with their branding. I ask the client to use adjectives to describe their company, culture, product or target customer. Here’s a list of helpful adjectives to use in the process,   …Continue Reading


Redesigned cfarman.com!

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I’ve been furiously working to redesign this here website and get a proper portfolio live. I think my previous homepage promising “portfolio coming soon” was up for about a year, hopefully this is a big improvement. The new design is still in WordPress, and is built on Twitter Bootstrap via the BootstrapWP theme created by   …Continue Reading


Download my Subtle Pattern submissions

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I submitted a few tiled background patterns to SubtlePatterns.com. I’ve used the site’s patterns for projects in the past, including multiple background images on LoyLewis.com, so I figured I’d return the favor. No word on whether they’ve been accepted to the site yet but for now you can download them here: Download “Dot Matrix” Download   …Continue Reading


Encouraging technical women to speak up

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I’m doing my part in bringing more women speakers to conferences by committing to becoming one of those speakers this year. I’m also encouraging the local technical and geeky women of Girl Geek Dinners Philadelphia to join me by meeting periodically as a group to ramp up our preparations for presenting our expertise. Here’s my   …Continue Reading


New visual identity for Bryn Mawr College

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In the fall of 2011, Bryn Mawr College worked with renowned design firm Pentagram to create a new visual identity for the college. The new identity consisted of a new color palette, wordmark, logos and typefaces. I was tasked with adapting our website design to incorporate these new elements. Before: Bryn Mawr Homepage 2010-2011 After:   …Continue Reading


Loy Lewis Jewelry

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LoyLewis.com Laura Lewis, a.k.a. Loy, came to me in need of an online store to sell her beautiful and sought-after handmade jewelry. She had been selling her work at galleries and craft shows for some time, and was getting more requests to see her jewelry for sale online by customers as well as potential retail   …Continue Reading