One of the loveliest

So I was noodling around on Typekit the other day looking for the perfect font combination on a new project, when I came across this:

Rialto dF font family

In The Elements of Typographic Style author Robert Bringhurst calls this font “one of the loveliest digital families yet made.” Created by the all Italian CAST foundry, Rialto dF is indeed a lovely font family, and one that I never dreamed I’d get my hands on. Adobe sort of slipped this one in while no one was looking… Or at least I wasn’t looking.

Anyway, I have no idea what I’ll do with it, but at least for now I can look forward to making up an excuse to use it.

Orderby Custom Field

I’m getting along pretty well with WordPress so far, and I’m still amazed to hear myself say that I actually enjoy it. But while I have plenty of CMS experience and even know PHP pretty well, I’m still a bit of a WordPress newb. This one still sort of has me stumped.

Using WP_Query to get a custom taxonomy and orderby a custom meta value

To someone not versed in WordPress speak, that sounds like a bunch of hooey. But all I want to do is get all posts from a category that I created and order them by a custom field that I also created. Like any good WordPress newb I turned to Google and came up with this:

In my mind that totally should have worked. But it was actually ordering the posts by an older custom field that I had deleted. By using Query Monitor I was able to see that it was still sorting by this old query—I still don’t know where it lived. Anyway, after a sleepless night and a few more hours of table-beating with my head, I tried simply removing the post-type parameter:

And boom! It worked exactly as expected. My only hang-up is that custom taxonomies can be mapped to more than one post type, so what if I really did need to indicate a single post type? Oh well. I guess I’ll find out when that need arises.

Howdy, World!

This is the obligitory blog post from a not-famous-at-all web designer who writes a blog post once in a blue moon about moving from one blogging platform to another. So it all started with a little blogging platform called Textpattern

Those were good times. I built a blog using Textpattern and participated in the community a bit. I even used it for some client work. It wasn’t long, however, before I realized that something more robust was needed for client work. How I found ExpressionEngine, I can’t remember, but its discovery opened up a whole new world. Whereas Textpattern had custom fields through the means of a plugin, ExpressionEngine was all about custom fields and organizing content however you preferred. Yes, ExpressionEngine is amazing, but it’s really big. And yet I built another blog using the free version and wrote a couple of short posts. And then my blog died.

I have no idea what happened, but I didn’t care enough to try and fix it. So this domain had a dead website for quite a while. Now let’s fast foward to Node.js and the popularity of static site generators. I had been using Node along with Bower and Gulp for local development tasks, and it was fun. It’s still fun. So that started the search for a “fun” JavaScript blog generator powered by Node. I tinkered with a few, but the simplest for me was Hexo. After installing and customizing a theme to my liking, here I sit writing my first post.

So, after all of that, I’ll be really honest about two things:

  1. I’m not a very prolific writer by any means, so don’t expect a post every week or even every month. Or every six months.
  2. When I do write something, don’t expect it to be Pulitzer material.

And away we go!