About

Who is this Dana guy?

dr-face

A digital designer, developer and entrepreneur with over 25 years of experience in all phases of web, interactive, interface, graphic and 3d development. Proven success with projects ranging from small graphical theme updates to complex corporate e-commerce implementations. An eye for detail and consistently striving to create aesthetically pleasing user experiences that push the envelope of design and technology, while keeping a strong focus on usability and purpose.

Work History

Skills + Expertise

The stuff I live and breathe...

Creative Design Creative Design

Visual wire framing, Photoshop/Sketch comps, logo and graphic design

Mobile design Mobile design

Mobile UI design, UX design, Responsive design, Mobile-first design

WordPress Design and Development WordPress Design and Development

Theme design and coding, widget and plugin development

Web Development Technologies Web Development Technologies

HTML, CSS, PHP, JavaScript, AJAX, JQuery

Blogging/CMS Platforms Blogging/CMS Platforms

Software setup and configuration, plugin selection, external service integration

LAMP-based Development LAMP-based Development

Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP, server setup, security, performance optimization

Interests

The stuff I tinker with in my spare time...

VR and AR VR and AR

Virtual Realty and Augmented Reality are finally making it into the mainstream, it’s about time.

Internet Of Things (IOT) Internet Of Things (IOT)

Smart Homes, smart cars, smart devices. We now live in a hyper-connected world where physical and digital intersect.

Robotics/Electronics/DIY Robotics/Electronics/DIY

Who doesn’t love robots, electrons and creating useful things?

Apple Apple

My first computer was the very first Macintosh and was the spark for my digital design destiny

Simmons Drums Simmons Drums

My interest in electronic music started with the SDS-1 and I still enjoy vintage Simmons drum kits

Star Wars Star Wars

I loved Star Wars as a kid and continue to collect all kinds of jedi and imperial treasures

Latest Tweets

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  • Just ordered a @LeapMotion controller and dev mount! Nice to see there is native integration with @unity3d

    - Just ordered a @LeapMotion controller and dev moun…
  • I compiled a list of all the VR related Google I/O sessions. Lots of good stuff in the videos… youtube.com/playlist?list=…

    - I compiled a list of all the VR related Google I/O…
  • Excited to watch the Google IO keynote today @1PM EST. Watch here (buff.ly/1OzS9QS) or in 360-degrees here (buff.ly/1OzSdjo)

    - Excited to watch the Google IO keynote today @1pm…
  • Just installed @unity3d and Maya LT. Let the fun begin!

    - Just installed @unity3d and Maya LT. Let the fun b…
  • Having just built a VR PC, the specs and price point on these new cards is amazing… uploadvr.com/vr-performance…

    - Having just built a VR PC, the specs and price poi…
  • Someday soon we will be able to meet wearing our baseball hats and Star Wars t-shirts and no one will ever know… wired.com/2016/05/going-…

    - Someday soon we will be able to meet wearing our b…
  • This looks amazing – CCP’s Project Arena VR Gamepl…

    This looks amazing – CCP’s Project Arena VR Gameplay (Mixed Reality Test) buff.ly/1T3nZN9 https://t.co/FCEIK6aHX6

    - This looks amazing – CCP’s Project Arena VR Gamepl…
  • A great use for VR… IKEA Wants You to Plan Your Next Kitchen in VR buff.ly/1Tz1DBS

    - A great use for VR… IKEA Wants You to Plan Your…
  • It’s VR PC build weekend! #vr https://t.co/kgDq7xK…

    It’s VR PC build weekend! #vr https://t.co/kgDq7xKGXy

    - It’s VR PC build weekend! #vr https://t.co/kgDq7xK…
  • A couple new shirts for my collection. https://t.c…

    A couple new shirts for my collection. buff.ly/1SswJpP buff.ly/1SswLOw https://t.co/Nisde4dSIf

    - A couple new shirts for my collection. https://t.c…
  • My PC case arrived today… looks amazing! Perfect…

    My PC case arrived today… looks amazing! Perfect for my VR build. #vr https://t.co/FUTx0zh2te

    - My PC case arrived today… looks amazing! Perfect…
  • Consumer VR is finally reality. https://t.co/YgKWQ…

    Consumer VR is finally reality. buff.ly/1WSWKlP https://t.co/ptbhMIZcsd

    - Consumer VR is finally reality. https://t.co/YgKWQ…
  • It’s cool to think that I worked on one of the first smart watches… buff.ly/1RKttvq

    - It’s cool to think that I worked on one of the fir…
  • So I have officially decided to build my own PC for getting involved in VR and AR development.

    - So I have officially decided to build my own PC fo…
  • Yay! @katiecandraw twitter.com/BostonComicCon…

    - Yay! @katiecandraw https://t.co/EISHSuTX2B
  • @kimon congrats! We should talk soon.

    - @kimon congrats! We should talk soon.
  • Just purchased tickets to see OMD (@OfficialOMD) a…

    Just purchased tickets to see OMD (@OfficialOMD) and Howard Jones (@howardjones)! https://t.co/J5rRjEnjn7

    - Just purchased tickets to see OMD (@OfficialOMD) a…
  • Help, I’m being lured to the dark side! The @oculu…

    Help, I’m being lured to the dark side! The @oculus and @htcvive have made me consider getting a Windows PC. https://t.co/jbiILjtRXh

    - Help, I’m being lured to the dark side! The @oculu…
  • Can’t wait for this… Star Wars-Themed Lands for…

    Can’t wait for this… Star Wars-Themed Lands for Disney Parks buff.ly/1Q8Bh3Y https://t.co/xb8YlMg4gp

    - Can’t wait for this… Star Wars-Themed Lands for…
  • Just ordered: “Boba Fett” by @mantia on @cottonbur…

    Just ordered: “Boba Fett” by @mantia on @cottonbureau — buff.ly/1oXBXT8. Only 9 days left! https://t.co/nL54NUr9R0

    - Just ordered: “Boba Fett” by @mantia on @cottonbur…
  • Nvidia had a very impressive talk last night about…

    Nvidia had a very impressive talk last night about self-driving car data analysis. #CES2016 buff.ly/1ZLI36f https://t.co/INoayToThU

    - Nvidia had a very impressive talk last night about…
  • What better way to start the new year then with new technology and cars #CES2016 buff.ly/1PceR0A / #NAIAS buff.ly/1PceQdb

    - What better way to start the new year then with ne…
  • Dove into my “idea vault” last night and surfaced…

    Dove into my “idea vault” last night and surfaced with 10+ that I still think could be viable next moves. https://t.co/p0Kpv546DW

    - Dove into my “idea vault” last night and surfaced…
  • Found a really clean and elegant app for organizin…

    Found a really clean and elegant app for organizing ideas on your phone called Mindly buff.ly/1PDcrLs https://t.co/ZAaTNOFQkg

    - Found a really clean and elegant app for organizin…
  • Hello 2016… Ready for something new?

    - Hello 2016… Ready for something new?
  • I totally agree… twitter.com/DannyBrown/sta…

    - I totally agree… https://t.co/H1Ab3vFHQv
  • Ahhhhh black. http://t.co/9ULoOcnQRA

    Ahhhhh black. http://t.co/9ULoOcnQRA

    - Ahhhhh black. http://t.co/9ULoOcnQRA
  • Revisions for Dropbox from @RevisionsMacApp looks pretty darn cool. revisionsapp.com

    - Revisions for Dropbox from @RevisionsMacApp looks…
  • Here’s my new setup… http://t.co/LMoOS0qMsf

    Here’s my new setup… http://t.co/LMoOS0qMsf

    - Here’s my new setup… http://t.co/LMoOS0qMsf
  • I’ve been working solely on a 12” Retina MacBook for 2 days now. I’m pretty impressed with its performance.

    - I’ve been working solely on a 12” Retina MacBook f…
  • @karenjackie me too 🙂 Maybe the next blog-mobiles? or should that be mobile-mobiles 😉

    - @karenjackie me too :) Maybe the next blog-mobiles…
  • Had a blast building a custom #LEGO WALL-E for my…

    Had a blast building a custom #LEGO WALL-E for my son at the @Westfarms LEGO store today! #MasterBuilder http://t.co/WjuMxP0lJV

    - Had a blast building a custom #LEGO WALL-E for my…
  • FYI…
    puel /’pyo͞oəl/
    noun
    The crud that builds up in the cracks and crevices of personal electronic devices we carry around.

    - FYI… puel /’pyo͞oəl/ noun The crud that builds u…
  • I love a naked iPhone, so it’s nice to see @SFBags already has a Suede Jacket to keep my 6+ puel-free while in my pocket 🙂

    - I love a naked iPhone, so it’s nice to see @SFBags…
  • What awesome news… Marc Newson to Join Apple, Jony Ive’s Design Team buff.ly/1tzBOoV

    - What awesome news… Marc Newson to Join Apple, Jo…
  • Information Society @InSoc to release first new album in 20 years featuring original lineup. buff.ly/1osGTLY

    - Information Society @InSoc to release first new al…
  • Some really crazy people made the entire Star Wars movie in Minecraft buff.ly/1jQoaKA

    - Some really crazy people made the entire Star Wars…
  • This looks like a pretty cool Photoshop plugin – especially for moving layers between docs. buff.ly/1pT9A2Z

    - This looks like a pretty cool Photoshop plugin – e…
  • I just backed Real FX: Race Cars with Artificial Intelligence on @kickstarter buff.ly/1lh20Lu

    - I just backed Real FX: Race Cars with Artificial I…
  • This is a pretty handy extension for web dev… Open With Photoshop : Add-ons for Firefox buff.ly/1lh2wsR

    - This is a pretty handy extension for web dev… Op…
  • Love this… Wooden Treehouse On Oaks buff.ly/VnrbHr

    - Love this… Wooden Treehouse On Oaks http://t.co/…
  • Hey, remember that time Google accidentally made Skynet? buff.ly/VnlOId

    - Hey, remember that time Google accidentally made S…
  • Just made one of these cool 3D printed bracelets with Kari buff.ly/ThnSQj

    - Just made one of these cool 3D printed bracelets w…
  • Finished my first Audible book “In the Plex” on Google. Very interesting, inspiring and well narrated buff.ly/1itKAuO

    - Finished my first Audible book “In the Plex” on Go…
  • Glad I setup twitter.com/rssFeedomatic yesterday since @feedly is being attacked again 🙁 blog.feedly.com/2014/06/12/den…

    - Glad I setup https://t.co/pmuyedkdbh yesterday sin…
  • The kids had a great time outside playing Pac-Man. buff.ly/1mh4Wtw

    - The kids had a great time outside playing Pac-Man….
  • Here’s one way to feel young when getting your first pair of progressive lenses. buff.ly/1k4PttN

    - Here’s one way to feel young when getting your fir…
  • A cool tool to help generate all kinds of WordPress code generatewp.com

    - A cool tool to help generate all kinds of WordPres…
  • I think all the iPhone 6 concept renderings look really bad. Hate the rounded edge look.

    - I think all the iPhone 6 concept renderings look r…
  • Doing a test migration from @pressable to @mediatemple’s Premium WP hosting mediatemple.net/webhosting/wor…

    - Doing a test migration from @pressable to @mediate…
  • Not a good feeling to go to bed with your site (and client sites) down. Even worse to wake to them still being down. @pressable

    - Not a good feeling to go to bed with your site (an…
  • The Macintosh changed my life 30 years ago. See how many others have been inspired to create using a Mac. buff.ly/M3I8BW

    - The Macintosh changed my life 30 years ago. See ho…
  • Another great web development tool DevDocs… buff.ly/1d8ocHH

    - Another great web development tool DevDocs… http…
  • A handy CSS color shade tool 0to255… buff.ly/1d8eFjL

    - A handy CSS color shade tool 0to255… http://t.co…
  • 40 Web Design Conferences To Look Forward To In 2014 buff.ly/1cNYd84

    - 40 Web Design Conferences To Look Forward To In 20…
  • Designing iPhone Apps – How To Set Up Photoshop For UI Design buff.ly/19SbZFN

    - Designing iPhone Apps – How To Set Up Photoshop Fo…
  • Yes, I’ll take one… Audi Sport Quattro Concept buff.ly/1drclUQ

    - Yes, I’ll take one… Audi Sport Quattro Concept h…
  • Pixa, the awesome (and reasonably priced) image organization app is on sale for $15! buff.ly/1g2rNau Good riddance Little Snapper!

    - Pixa, the awesome (and reasonably priced) image or…
  • I think this is really cool… Nimbus Smart Dashboard buff.ly/1j0nukt

    - I think this is really cool… Nimbus Smart Dashbo…
  • Celebrating Marc Newson, The Master Of Futuristic Minimalism @ the Philadelphia Museum of Art buff.ly/INDc1H

    - Celebrating Marc Newson, The Master Of Futuristic…
  • Do lots of presentations? Desktop a mess? Then this tool will help… buff.ly/1d0Fmof

    - Do lots of presentations? Desktop a mess? Then thi…
  • Cool… Foundation v5 is out! buff.ly/18bvBGp

    - Cool… Foundation v5 is out! http://t.co/7rhHVsmj…
  • I did this over the weekend and it worked great… How to Make a DIY Micro SIM to SIM Adapter buff.ly/1hS5pEQ

    - I did this over the weekend and it worked great……
  • I did this over the weeked and it worked great… How to Make a DIY Micro SIM to SIM Adapter buff.ly/1hS5pEQ

    - I did this over the weeked and it worked great……
  • This is very cool… Use One Coin Card for All of Your Credit Cards buff.ly/1gOirSj

    - This is very cool… Use One Coin Card for All of…
  • Just so you know, in 770 days I’ll be at the movies… Star Wars: Episode VII to Open December 18, 2015 buff.ly/1d0k8Y4

    - Just so you know, in 770 days I’ll be at the movie…
  • It looks like Snapz Pro X doesn’t like Mavericks and may be a dead product now 🙁 buff.ly/Hp0IlS Anyone know of a good replacement?

    - It looks like Snapz Pro X doesn’t like Mavericks a…
  • After a very long hiatus I am back with a new site design and blogging focus… buff.ly/1aJILVQ

    - After a very long hiatus I am back with a new site…
  • How Flat Design Is Preparing iOS For The Gadgets Of Tomorrow | Co.Design | business + design buff.ly/HhfScN

    - How Flat Design Is Preparing iOS For The Gadgets O…
  • Very cool… Honda – Illusions Campaign (watch the videos) buff.ly/16tu5hG

    - Very cool… Honda – Illusions Campaign (watch the…
  • Awesome! New Font Awesome 4.0… buff.ly/1agBnVd

    - Awesome! New Font Awesome 4.0… http://t.co/r9uq0…
  • A nice detailed review of OS X 10.9 Mavericks… buff.ly/1aFRvfF

    - A nice detailed review of OS X 10.9 Mavericks… h…
  • Sweet… Apple is streaming their Special Event live today! buff.ly/16pMJXV

    - Sweet… Apple is streaming their Special Event li…
  • Picked up Transnational by VNV Nation today. It is awesome! buff.ly/19Ved6K

    - Picked up Transnational by VNV Nation today. It is…
  • I just backed Iconic: Advanced icons for the modern web on @kickstarter buff.ly/16ddgYh

    - I just backed Iconic: Advanced icons for the moder…
  • How to keep your real name and face out of Google’s ads | PCWorld buff.ly/1gwHJma

    - How to keep your real name and face out of Google’…
  • Some really cool spaces here… Home Design: 20 Creative Ways To Maximize Limited Living Space buff.ly/19uoqqy

    - Some really cool spaces here… Home Design: 20 Cr…
  • Absolutely love (and want) this… Iconic: A Photographic Tribute to Apple Innovation buff.ly/GIoTdG

    - Absolutely love (and want) this… Iconic: A Photo…
  • Cool… LucasArts and NimbleBit team up for Star Wars: Tiny Death Star buff.ly/1ce3ruQ

    - Cool… LucasArts and NimbleBit team up for Star W…
  • Yay… Netflix to stop forcing you to watch more TV buff.ly/1bziqg6

    - Yay… Netflix to stop forcing you to watch more T…
  • Just completely canceled my cable TV. What a great feeling 🙂

    - Just completely canceled my cable TV. What a great…
  • I always wondered about this… How Do Gas Pumps Know When to Stop? buff.ly/17nDwgN

    - I always wondered about this… How Do Gas Pumps K…
  • RT @contentrobot: Need to manage multiple #WordPress installs? We highly recommend @infinitewp. Check out our review: buff.ly/15IrmP8

    - RT @contentrobot: Need to manage multiple #WordPre…
  • World’s greatest ‘Star Wars’ collection, now Guinness-certified | Tech Culture – CNET News buff.ly/19jfqAP

    - World’s greatest ‘Star Wars’ collection, now Guinn…
  • NASA Probe Found Han Solo on Mercury’s Surface buff.ly/1eQ6CLd

    - NASA Probe Found Han Solo on Mercury’s Surface htt…
  • Is iOS7 out yet? buff.ly/15CHVfl

    - Is iOS7 out yet? http://t.co/Q96zwdvl8d
  • 19 Years Later, eWorld Is Dead; Long Live eWorld | Cult of Mac buff.ly/1dPzKPC

    - 19 Years Later, eWorld Is Dead; Long Live eWorld |…
  • I want this… gizmag.com/lego-architect…

    - I want this… http://t.co/gRw3VQwFCo
  • We are going to start using the Edit Flow plugin to manage our editorial calendar. It looks pretty robust. http://buff.ly/15Ic9g1

    - We are going to start using the Edit Flow plugin to manage our editorial calendar. It looks pretty robust. http://buff.ly/15Ic9g1
  • I’ve been slowly building my drumset desk. Can’t wait to post pictures of it!

    - I’ve been slowly building my drumset desk. Can’t wait to post pictures of it!
  • Moving my domains over to @hover – they are awesome! Try them out: hover.com/ZoYzbtBa #hoverlove

    - Moving my domains over to @hover – they are awesome! Try them out: hover.com/ZoYzbtBa #hoverlove
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