who I am and what I do
I'm a quiet guy who loves building exciting web projects. When I'm not working in my home office, you might find me biking around Portland or at home slaying dragons in the latest RPG PC games on Steam. As a father of one awesome kid, who's growing up to be a mini-me, time for hobbies is limited... but nothing is more fun than hanging out with my boy. The best place to see the work I've done is right here at jasonkenison.com.
I received my AA in Computer Animation from the Art Institute of Seattle in 2000. Though it was a great program, I found that animation can be tedious and much prefer to work on projects with a quicker turnaround. Adobe Flash (then owned by Macromedia) was at it's peak in the early 2000's and the school was just beginning to teach it. Through a bit of homework outside of school, I worked on becoming a "Flash Expert", and started building some slick web projects with the tool. From that moment on I was hooked... building websites is a blast.
The design of jasonkenison.com is based on my love for all things simple. Other than brown, orange is one of my favorite colors.
This site is built following the latest HTML5 specification and CSS3, with fallbacks for legacy browsers like Internet Explorer 9. The layout uses Skeleton, a Responsive CSS Boilerplate for a 12 column grid layout... with a few tweaks of my own for a bit better responsiveness.
Website content is managed in a custom content management system I put together specifically for this site. My design isn't a template based on someone else's code, and neither is the system that helps manage it. The site and CMS run on a Linux server running PHP and MySQL, hosted with MediaTemple.
The fonts on the site are primarily Open Sans, designed by Steve Matteson, provided by Google Web Fonts. Out of the many web fonts available out there, this is one of the easiest to read at various font sizes on standard as well as hi-dpi screens.