Jeff Croft

I’m a product designer in Seattle, WA. I lead Design at a stealthy startup. 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.

But seriously, who gives a shit?

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  • Photo // 07.05.2009 // 10:38 AM // Shawnee, KS // flickr

    James and Jayme

  • Photo // 09.14.2008 // 10:32 PM // Lawrence, KS // flickr

    Not the correct answer, it turns out.

  • Photo // 09.14.2008 // 10:31 PM // Lawrence, KS // flickr

    James

  • Photo // 05.28.2008 // 10:21 AM // Lawrence, KS // flickr

    The James

  • Photo // 01.02.2008 // 9:48 PM // Lawrence, KS // flickr

    James, Joseph, and Jacob

  • Blog entry // 11.19.2007 // 8:13 PM // 58 Comments

    The final word on frameworks, from someone way smarter than me

    If you’ve been paying attention, you know that a simple discussion about CSS frameworks has turned into quite a bit of a mess. This is in large part due to inadequacies in the way I presented my thoughts, and also in some part due to what can only be called hypersensitivity, snobbery, elitism, and flat-out ignorance on the part of a lot of CSS authors. Thankfully, someone much more level-headed than me and, quite frankly, a lot smarter than all of us, is here to save us all. He’s James Bennett, a Python and JavaScript programmer extraordinaire who also happens to be a solid CSS author. James wrote a freakin’ great piece called Let’s talk about frameworks (again), in which he explains a lot of things that the vast majority of web designer simply don’t understand.

    This concept of “frameworks” is pretty new to us designers and CSS authors. However, it’s not new to engineers. These guys have been dealing with frameworks, libraries, and snippets since the dawn of ages, it seems. James helps to explain why, from the perspective of a programmer — a very experienced, very expert-level one — frameworks are often developed, used, and published. He talks about the advantages and disadvantages of frameworks to developers, based on of many years of computer science and frameworks being built and used for almost every computer language ever created — years that us web designers simply almost never have (most of us are not programmers at all, and certainly not serious ones who have great experiences outside the realm of simple web scripting).

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  • Photo // 07.02.2007 // 11:25 AM // Lawrence, KS // flickr

    Grrr.

  • Photo // 03.01.2007 // 5:11 PM // Lawrence, KS // flickr

    Dan took a picture with my camera.

  • Photo // 03.01.2007 // 5:11 PM // Lawrence, KS // flickr

    Dan took a picture with my camera.

  • Blog entry // 02.25.2007 // 7:02 PM // 24 Comments

    Two new Django sites, both with source available

    Back in June of 2006, I created LOST-theories.com, one of my first Django-powered sites. Because it seemed like it might be useful for people who were trying to learn Django, I released the source code for the site — not so much for people to take and use directly, but so people would be able to see how a Django site was built, from the ground up. I had no idea it would be so popular. I still get e-mails every week from people thanking me for giving them a complete example.

    But I always felt a little sketchy about it. I’m not a great programmer by any means, and I was even worse then. If I were re-doing LOST-theories.com today, a lot of the code would be different. I’ve thought about taking the code offline for that reason. But, I’ve left it, because it seems like people really, really needed some full-site examples of Django code.

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  • Photo // 08.16.2006 // 1:49 PM // flickr

    Employees raid the new merch

  • Photo // 08.16.2006 // 1:49 PM // flickr

    Employees raid the new merch

  • Photo // 07.23.2006 // 11:17 AM // flickr

    Matt and James

  • Photo // 07.23.2006 // 11:17 AM // flickr

    Matt and James

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