Jeff Croft

I’m a product designer in Seattle, WA. I recently worked at Simply Measured, and previously co-founded Lendle.

Some of my past clients include Facebook, Microsoft, Yahoo, and the University of Washington.

I’ve authored two books on web and interactive design and spoken at dozens of conferences around the world.

I’m currently accepting contract work and considering full-time opportunities.

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February 2006

  • Photo // 02.28.2006 // 8:49 PM // flickr

    Sucession

  • Photo // 02.28.2006 // 8:49 PM // flickr

    Sucession

  • Photo // 02.27.2006 // 6:59 PM // flickr

    Small boat, big river.

  • Photo // 02.27.2006 // 6:59 PM // flickr

    Making big things small is fun.

  • Photo // 02.27.2006 // 6:59 PM // flickr

    Chi-Town, Monopoly-map style.

  • Photo // 02.27.2006 // 6:59 PM // flickr

    Chi-Town, Monopoly-map style.

  • Photo // 02.27.2006 // 6:59 PM // flickr

    This is the best one.

  • Photo // 02.27.2006 // 6:59 PM // flickr

    This is the best one.

  • Photo // 02.27.2006 // 5:58 PM // flickr

    Peyton in miniature

  • Photo // 02.27.2006 // 5:58 PM // flickr

    Peyton in miniature

  • Blog entry // 02.27.2006 // 11:29 AM // 169 Comments

    1&1 Internet is the devil.

    1&1 Internet (which might also be called 1 and 1 Internet or 1 & 1 Internet) is a piss-poor excuse for a service company, and I advise you to never use them for your web hosting, web site hosting, webhosting, internet service provider, or as your webhost. 1&1 Internet has possibly the worst customer support of any company I have ever dealt with in any industry. What follows is an e-mail I sent them this past weekend, to which I (of course) got no response from 1&1, not even from Andreas Gauger (Chairman of the Board), Ralph Dommermuth (Founder, CMO and CEO of United Internet, 1&1 Internet’s parent company), Achim Weiss (CTO).

    What follows is an e-mail I sent to complaints@1and1.com, which (of course) went compleltley unanswered, in regard to the twenty seven (27) hours of downtime I had here at jeffcroft.com (and several other sites I host) late last week.

    Update: About an hour after posting this, I got a response from 1&1 offering me a free month of hosting. Hard to say if this post had anything to do with it, but it sure feels a little contrived to me. While I wouldn’t really say they’ve made up for the frustration I dealt with, at least they did something. The e-mail they sent me is now included here, as well. Update #2 (March 4th): A week later, this entry is now the fourth result on a Google search for “1&1 Internet”. I don’t feel the least bit guilty. I gave them plenty of opportunity to make things right, and they wouldn’t do it (sorry, a free month isn’t good enough).

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  • Blog entry // 02.25.2006 // 6:39 PM // 7 Comments

    I won on Blingo!

    After hearing of lots of people winning, I switched to Blingo for my searches about three weeks ago. Today, I won. Just a $10 gift certificate to iTunes — nothing terribly exciting. but still — not bad for doing nothing more than searching the Internets. :)

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  • Blog entry // 02.25.2006 // 11:30 AM // 29 Comments

    Django Templates: The Power of Inheritance

    For this, the second entry in my series of posts about the Django template language (part one was an introduction), I’ve chosen to focus on its inheritance capability, which is probably its most powerful feature. Inheritance makes it possible to whip up new pages for your site very quickly and easily.

    Because many of the readers of this site are bloggers themselves, I’m going to use an example of a simple blog template in an attempt to demonstrate how inheritance works in Django’s template language.

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  • Photo // 02.24.2006 // 11:19 AM // flickr

    Yay! Michelle and I are back together!

  • Photo // 02.24.2006 // 11:19 AM // flickr

    Yay! Michelle and I are back together!

  • Photo // 02.24.2006 // 11:19 AM // flickr

    Yay! Michelle and I are back together!

  • Blog entry // 02.21.2006 // 9:06 PM // 10 Comments

    Django Templates: An Introduction

    Within the first few hours of my new job at World Online, I was tossed into the unfamiliar land of Django templates. In fact, the idea of using a template language at all was mostly new to me. Sure, Iâve poked at Moveable Type templates here on this site, but Iâd never used anything on the level of Django’s templates before. A month later, Iâm extremely impressed with the system. It lets me do everything I need to do without my having to learn to be a programmer — and a not-trying-to-fumble-over-a-programming-language-Jeff is a happy Jeff. As such, I thought Iâd start a series of posts here on jeffcroft.com highlighting some of my favorite features of the Django template language…

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