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What is Crown Rock?

Crown Rock is what I named my web design business.

Why Crown Rock?

My given names are Steve and Alan. Steven comes from Greek and means “Crown, Wreath, Honor”. Alan comes from Celtic and may mean “Rock”. The roots of my names, Steve Alan, can mean “Crown Rock”. Sounds good, and it carries a sense of character, and durability.

Where are we going?

Design uses both art and science. It organizes our world in ways that makes sense and constrains chaos. It allows us to see our world in ways that we have not previously experienced. This lets us focus our energy, and work with greater ease and higher yield. Design creates order, bringing greater understanding.

Digital design has a wonderfully elastic palette. A designer's limits are determined by knowledge, imagination and drive. The reward of creating something from nothing is what drives me. Good is not enough. It has to be the best it can be. My best gets better every year.

One goal of Web Development should be DRY, lightweight coding that renders design and function properly across all browsers and viewports. It should be geared towards Web 2.0 and be standard compliant. Part of my evolution in development is dropping habits from 10 years ago in order to reach that goal.

What am I doing?

My design tools include Adobe CC Photoshop, Illustrator, Dreamweaver, along with other apps. I work in creating imagery that resembles both nature and modern life, as well as the more abstract and ethereal.

My web development is based on HTML5, CSS3 and a increasing range of JavaScript. Continual learning includes GitHub, Ruby on Rails, CSS animation, Sass, LESS, Bootstrap and Google Webmaster Tools. What other job has so many opportunities to expand one's skillset? Some find styling web pages boring or tedious but I enjoy using CSS and preprocessors for layout and styling.

I find value in all creative endeavors. Photography and imaging is my first passion. Graphic design is enjoyable, but web development is where my heart lives. I keep learning new development tools as fast as I can. I like to push my boundaries into all avenues of development. There is always a new challenge waiting for me. In 2018 I began learning MEAN development and I believe it will become my major focus.

My goal is to enjoy my work, while I produce web projects to meet standards, to exceed clients goals, and to be on the cutting edge of development. Personally, I want to contribute to society and to earn my place in a creative workforce.

My life is a journey and I'm always reaching for the horizon.

Skill Set


Development

HTML5
CSS3
SASS
JAVASCRIPT
BOOTSTRAP
PHP
ANGULAR
jQuery
NODE
REACT
RUBY ON RAILS
GITHUB
SQL
MONGO
WORDPRESS

Adobe Software Tools

PHOTOSHOP
ILLUSTRATOR
DREAMWEAVER

Design

TYPOGRAPHY
LAYOUT
COLOR
RESPONSIVE
PHOTO MANIPULATION
ANIMATION

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