All posts by Allison


About Allison

Allison is a designer and front-end developer living in Chicago. With an acute attention to details, she excels at web & graphic design, branding & logotypes, CSS, PHP, jQuery & Javascript, content management, WordPress theme & plugin development, and Creative Direction.

When not immersed in creative projects, she can be found playing roller derby, assembling ridiculous outfits, checking out live rock 'n' roll shows, sampling bourbon, and scouring the internet for the truly absurd.

Wordnik — beautiful (newish) English dictionary

This so-called "un-dictionary" has apparently been around since mid-2009, but I only just discovered Wordnik today. It's UI is visually striking and easy to use, and it's community-driven, without being polluted and juvenile like Urban Dictionary.

Introducing the Random Factoid plugin

"Random Factoid" is a WordPress widget plugin that I created to display a random fact, quote, what-have-you, dynamically pulled from a PHP "database" file.

Daily Drop-Cap jQuery plugin

aily Drop Cap is a typography project by illustrator Jessica Hische. Her beautiful letters inspired me to created a jQuery plugin that dynamically add decorative drop-cap letters to the first paragraph (or every paragraph) of a page or section.


Second Hand Tunes

Second Hand Tunes is more than just a record store; it’s Chicago’s oldest and most respected purveyor of new and used music, movies, and “other assorted nonsense.” They wanted more of an online presence: a blog to keep patrons abreast of in-store events and the latest record releases; an easy-to-use Frequently Asked Questions section, and links to […]

Bottom Lounge

The Bottom Lounge is a rock club, restaurant, bar, and private event venue in a *huge* two-story converted machine shop. They needed a site that could pull show listings from their booking company's live feed, display the most current food menus, share some of the gorgeous photos of the bar and the bands that play there, and […]

Haspin Acres