Removing Scripts from a WordPress Theme

If you are using a WordPress theme and are having conflicts with a plugin, one way to handle it is to create a child theme – which you should be doing anyway – and removing scripts within a new functions.php file like so…

<?php function remove_scripts(){
   wp_deregister_script('script-name');
}
add_action('wp_enqueue_scripts', 'remove_scripts', 100 );
?>

Challenge Enrollment User Interface

Challenge Enrollment User Interface

Project Description

I was tasked with designing an improved UI for a web-based challenge enrollment / onboarding process. Below are a few of the screens within the process.

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Facial Hair and the Psyche

Facial Hair and the Psyche

I was at a fancy company celebration recently and a coworker came up to me and said he really admired my facial hair. Until I was about 24, I had gone through several iterations of a goatee. Just the bottom part, to be clear. A mustache always seemed a little out of reach at the time.

In the first year that I met my future wife, we had fun with a silly redneck-themed Christmas card, and I grew an embarrassing – what later became known as my – “trash ‘stache.” It was basically a Hulk Hogan mustache, haha. A funny thing happened, though. After letting it fill in a little, it started to change me. It started to become my new look. And as the joke wore off, so entered my new identity.

A lot of men that have complimented me on the ‘stache have also mentioned they would love to do something similar but don’t think they could pull it off. Most people don’t realize that your hair – be it the hair on your head or the hair on your face – is a major part of your identity. And any time you make a change, it’s going to take some time to get used to. You literally have to grow into it.

This is also the reason men usually have a really hard time when they shave off a beard. They are literally losing a part of themselves they’ve grown to recognize.

If you’ve ever wanted to grow a mustache or beard and are reluctant because you don’t think it would look good on you, my advice is to try it at least once – and give it a good 6 weeks. That will give it time to actually fill in and also allow you to get comfortable with a change in your identity.

The Funnel

Metal Coffee FilterAs much as my minimal side wants to constantly shut down all my online accounts, most of the time my other side enjoys keeping my resume up to date on LinkedIn, posting photos to Instagram, retweeting useful resource links, and sharing random thoughts on Facebook. I have hence decided to aggregate my various content here. Enter the funnel.

New Day, New Tool

I’ve been using Evernote for awhile now – for journaling, for research, for reference – but I’m always looking for better ways to stay organized and create something beautiful with the content I create. I figure since WordPress has been around a long time and is customizable, let’s dive in and see what I can do with this. Welcome to my new blog.

Activity Hub User Interface

Activity Hub User Interface

Project Description

The Hub is an add-on product offered within a social wellness platform that makes relevant suggestions to participants in order to increase engagement across 3rd party and platform programs. The challenge was to highlight the top recommended activity. I worked with the product manager on wireframes, mockups, final design, and then front-end development.

Testimonial

“Not only did Barry design a killer UI for the hub but he also coded the front-end and worked closely with [the lead developer] to get this design across the finish line for [client] UAT.

How did he do it while juggling other projects? He is really good at prioritizing his time. Barry takes the time to understand the impact of everything he is working on and that allows him to continually focus on the most important work (rather than the squeakiest wheel).

Finally, he was quick to respond to all those bug fixes and always maintained a great attitude as we rushed to get UAT ready to go.”

– Lee Pichette, Product Manager

Custom Workbench Website

Custom Workbench Website

Design Concept for a Custom Workbench Website

Divided Book Cover

Divided Book Cover

This is a book cover concept I designed for the young adult novel Divided by my wife, Rachel Menard.

Revolution Systems Website

Revolution Systems Website

Project Description

Revsys is a team of experts with deep knowledge in Python, Django, PostgreSQL and open source systems. Their client list includes big names like National Geographic, Sony, Threadless, and USA Today. Their work, however, is fairly intangible – they do not design visual systems and typically work in an application’s back-end, tweaking database queries and optimizing code to run faster. The results of their work are hard to see with the eye – instead, you may “feel” that a website is faster and more responsive, and the layperson cares very little about how or why.

With these challenges in mind, the goal was to make typography the main focus of the new RevSys site. They are experts and openly share much of their performance tuning tips. The content that gets the most attention again and again are blog posts they have written years ago that are now go-to guides for burgeoning open source programmers.

A clean design with some color elements keep the main content highly legible. Since the RevSys team was going to build the site themselves, several templates and content options were delivered to build the site as they saw fit. Different ways to include images with a story, different ways to handle call-outs to services that they offer, and different ways to include dynamic content such as Twitter posts and testimonials.

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View Site

View the live responsive website here: www.revsys.com

Testimonial

“Whoo hoo! Ummm I knew you guys were good, but hitting it first try surprises me. The entire team’s feedback was basically ‘Ummm yeah, I don’t have anything I’d change’.”

– Frank Wiles, President at Revolution Systems, LLC

First Data Benefits Website

First Data Benefits Website

Project Description

I was tasked with redesigning the company’s benefits website based on the updated styleguide they provided. I also designed and scripted some animated navigation elements.