SP Blueprint

In my previous post, Minifying SharePoint 2013, I talked about the idea of minifying SharePoint’s CSS files in order to achieve better performance and better style cascading in CSS. Truly, this was the direct result of my work on a starter master page template I had been working on for SharePoint 2013, which is now available on CodePlex. Continue reading…

Minifying SharePoint 2013

The SharePoint interface is huge. Really quite huge. When I first laid eyes upon Microsoft’s latest rendition in the SharePoint legacy, I immediately turned my attention to the man behind the curtain. I delved into the interface and started looking at the goings-on behind the scenes. My first stop? corev15.css. This is a file that I have known well in previous versions of the product. To my initial delight, the interface in SharePoint 2013 seemed so simple, so elegant and clean. Surely, the CSS files that support this interface would reflect that, right? Continue reading…

SharePoint 2013 Web Part Tool Pane

This is going to be a short one. The “tool pane” in SharePoint 2013 has been causing me some headaches. In this version of SharePoint, the tool pane often appears inside your site’s design layout, instead of off to the side of the entire document. In a fixed-width layout, this definitely causes some issues due to a lack of space for web part zones, sidebars, and other content to fit into the space that is available. Continue reading…

Wires by QuirkTools

My lack of posts as of late is largely due to my pet project, QuirkTools. It’s been much more successful than I had ever anticipated, and I’m excited to be working on some exciting new features that will be released in the coming days and weeks. If you’ve never seen QuirkTools, check out this video showcasing the flagship web app, Wires. Continue reading…

The User is Never Wrong

In years past, as a wee adolescent first discovering the intimidating art of interaction with real people, I worked as a sales clerk in a local software store. At the store, we had a motto, something that you’ve probably heard many times before: the customer is always right. I will say now that I didn’t fully believe in our motto at the time. I was young, naive, and perhaps even a little cocky (weren’t we all?). Continue reading…

Public SharePoint Websites

I had the pleasure of doing a great workshop with Paul Swider yesterday at SPTechCon. In this end-to-end workshop, we discussed strategy, processes, and implementation techniques for building a public-facing SharePoint publishing site. Paul had some great insight on architecture and strategy, while I detailed the journey from idea to Photoshop to SharePoint, with a few tips and tricks along the way. The end result was a fictitious digital bakery, built on the able shoulders of SharePoint 2010. Continue reading…

Design Patterns in SharePoint

Last week, I was happy to present at SusQtech’s “30 on Thursdays” weekly webinar event.  This is a great series of free webinars from some talented speakers, and the succinct format is a great opportunity to learn something new without a huge investment of your time. Continue reading…

Join me for Advanced SharePoint Design

On January 23-26, 2012, I’ll be instructing a class that focuses on the more advanced strategies behind applying style and branding to a SharePoint 2010 website. This isn’t your average SharePoint training class: we’ll cover topics like improving the SharePoint user experience, creative design for the SharePoint platform, and implementation strategy for making your creative designs come to life. Continue reading…