About

My name is Dan Ott

I am a freelance web developer. I've worked professionally in the web development field since 1999, and full-time since 2007. I count myself as one of those lucky few people who actually enjoy what they do.

Elsewhere on the internet

You can find me on GitHub, on Twitter, on Pinboard, CodePen or, occasionally, on Flickr.

Contact

I'm not currently accepting new contract work, but I'm always interested in what's going on. Hit me up any time at dan at this domain.

Work

Professional

I've been an freelance developer for over ten years, specializing in front-end architecture and development. Since 2007, I've worked almost exclusively with Sprokets, a collection of independent creative professionals.

Personal Projects

LESS CSS Toolkit

A collection of re-usable LESS CSS Mixins.

CSS3 Clock

Animated Word Clock in CSS3

Thoughts

Fun with 3D CSS Shapes

About a year and a half ago, I had some ideas about using 3D CSS to create nonstandard 3D shapes, but never got around to writing a post about it. However, inspired by the incredibly impressive Acko.net redesign, I decided to finally clean it up and share it with you. Here it is.

By stacking and rotating elements in 3D space, you can create some new shapes out of pure CSS. It's not practical or useful in the least, but it is interesting. These examples work best in Safari, but they will mostly work in Chrome. Check it out: Pure CSS 3D Shapes (remember to click and drag to rotate. Thanks to Dirk Weber's traqball.js for that little bit of magic).

Announcing LESS CSS Toolkit

I've recently starting developing using LESS CSS (lesscss.org), and quickly decided that I would benefit from a toolkit containing mixins that I would use over and over, such as border-radius or box-shadow.

Enter LESS CSS Toolkit.

CSS3 PIE - It Works, Use It.

We all have various tools in our box to deal with the constant headache that is Internet Explorer. Browser hacks, conditional comments, filters, pounding our heads against the wall, etc (wait, is it possible that's where the headaches come from? I'll look into it and get back to you).

This situation gets even worse when one wants to use some of the fantastic techniques available to us in CSS3, like border radius, drop shadows, and gradients. In the past, we had to use images for all of these design elements, but now it's possible to have a fancy, shiny button that uses only a <button> element and some css. Well, possible except in IE. Enter CSS3 PIE.

CSS/Javascript Word Clock

A little Friday-fun experiment I built: a word clock using CSS3 transforms and a little Javascript to run the actual clock. Useful? Maybe not. Fun? Definitely.

A New Start

It's been quiet around here for a few months. Part of that, of course, is the holidays and all the craziness that comes with them. But the main reason is that I've spent most of my free computer time on this: my new site.

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