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Debut Creative Changes Lanes

February 4th, 2010 | 1 Comment | Debut

I really love this job.

For the last three years I have been extremely fortunate as I’ve run Debut Creative. I have worked with some great clients on great projects. I have learned so much about other areas of this business, and I have broadened my skill set tremendously.

Recently my wife and I moved to the GTA, and we learned that we are going to be parents! With all of this I find myself yearning for some predictability and stability in my job. Plus, who wants to work when in the next room is an adorable baby?! I began to crave something different than the life of a freelance / contract designer.

Yesterday I took a job as a Web Designer with Thrillworks in Burlington. This incredible team produce some very high end enterprise websites for notable clients across the country… maybe the world! I am really ecstatic about the chance to work with these people. Here’s more in depth how I landed this job.

With this news comes great change for Debut Creative. I will no longer be taking client projects, or working outside of Thrillworks; I am slowly winding down the last few projects. If you’re looking for a freelancer please email me and I can make some recommendations.

My inbox is always open, stay in touch.

Arley

To Scroll or not to Scroll?

November 13th, 2009 | 4 Comments | Debut

I am amazed how often scrolling on a website is called into question. Some clients truly feel that it is an extreme faux pas. When asked why,  the client will give responses ranging from their own laziness (and unwillingness to scroll), the hope of getting more impressions/exposure for ads, or the fear that their audience won’t think to dig deeper and check out what is further down the page. The client will instead prefer the idea of many pages with less information.

To defend the ubiquitous paradigm of the scroll, I often refer to the namesake. (more…)

Updated Contact

November 2nd, 2009 | Comment | Debut

You may note that I have a new mobile number now, as is updated on my contact page; 905-599-0086.

Change of Contact Information Coming Soon

October 1st, 2009 | Comment | Debut

After three years of working out of Kincardine my wife and I are moving to the city (and to think I almost made it through half of my business cards!) If you hadn’t heard already (http://rle.me/2) Kristi and I are moving to be much closer to our family. Kristi has taken a new job in Toronto as a Technical Consultant. We intend to live in Burlington, but our house hasn’t sold yet, so we’ll be in a bit of limbo for a number of weeks.

In the weeks that follow Debut Creative may be up to 4.5% harder to contact! Here is some updated info. (more…)

Arley McBlain writes for Six Revisions in HD

August 26th, 2009 | Comment | Debut

Yesterday an article I wrote called How to Design the Web in a Hi-Def World was published on the Six Revisions site. Six Revisions is a popular weblog for web designers + developers that Technorati recently listed in the top 100 blogs. It’s been exciting to get this kind of exposure, as well as to get some great feedback and optimized code from a very cool community. (more…)

New Location, Same Service

August 18th, 2009 | Comment | Debut

It’s official, the McBlains and Debut Creative are moving from Kincardine to Burlington! Kristi and I have loved our time here in Kincardine and will cherish many memories here. Our first house, the friendly people, the sunsets and our friends. With a recent technical consultancy opportunity for my wife Kristi came the chance to be much closer to our family. Add to this the fact that we’d no longer be at the mercy of Bruce County winters, and it comes down to an offer to good to refuse!

What does this mean for me, the client of Debut Creative!?

Understandably this might worry some of my local Debut clients; but let me assure you that 95% of all the great work we do is for clients hundreds of kilometers away. With the exception of some understandable moving-related scatterbrainedness, it will be business-as-usual for DEBUT.

Irresistible Design

May 15th, 2009 | Comment | Debut

Some savvy WordPress theme junkies may recognize this websites design (as of May 1, 2009) to be the Woo Theme Irresistible. As a web designer / developer I’m always hesitant to use themes, usually opting to design from scratch, or at the very least drastically overhaul a theme to fit a design.

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Introducing Debut Creative (all over again)

May 4th, 2009 | Comment | Debut

It’s been nearly three years since I conceived the name Debut Creative, a lot has happened in that time.

Since 2006 I moved away from the city I lived in for twenty years, I left my comfortable job as the New Media Developer of a marketing agency, I married, bought a house, and I estimate that I have worked on up to forty websites – but I never worked on my own website. (more…)

Don’t Go Over The Edge

March 26th, 2009 | Comment | Debut

Arley McBlain

This week I made a trip to North Bay to meet up with a couple of my bigger clients and to help PixelFlex founder Tim Lum with his Canadore College presentation “Get the Edge” for the Graphic Design program’s Professional Practices class (a video or series of videos of this presentation will be linked here when he gets it online). (more…)

Happy Pi Day

March 14th, 2009 | Comment | Debut

3.14159265 Greetings!
Initially this little package was to be a Christmas hello, but we took our sweet time and now it’s March. And so, please allow me to be the first to wish you a very happy Pi Day on March 14 (at 1:59 to be exact) http://bit.ly/156Cxh
Please enjoy the enclosed herbal teas. They’re completely caffeine free and delicious. Allow a teaspoon’s worth to steep for 7 minutes. Also enclosed is a photo of the happy McBlain family. Be sure to send us a photo for our fridge too.
In site news debutcreative.com is moderately updated! Full launch set for May 1st. As always I am making monthly mixtapes at arleym.com/mixtapes
May your decimal places never end!

3.14159265 Greetings!

Initially this little package was to be a Christmas hello, but we took our sweet time and now it’s March. And so, please allow me to be the first to wish you a very happy Pi Day on March 14 (at 1:59 to be exact) http://bit.ly/156Cxh

Please enjoy the herbal teas. They’re completely caffeine free and delicious. Allow a teaspoon’s worth to steep for 7 minutes. Also enclosed is a photo of the happy McBlain family. Be sure to send us a photo for our fridge too.

In site news debutcreative.com is moderately updated! Full launch set for May 1st. As always I am making monthly mixtapes at arleym.com/mixtapes

May your decimal places never end!

π Arley + Kristi

Six Revisions Post

March 13th, 2009 | 3 Comments | Debut, Industry

Several weeks ago I was asked to contribute to a follow-up post brainstorming Twitter improvements. This after making a comment about Time shifting Prime-Time tweets on the great Web Designer / Developer resource site Six Revisions. (more…)

Project 1up: The Launch of Debut Creative

February 27th, 2009 | 2 Comments | Debut

I’m entering my third year of freelance and contract work with my business identity Debut Creative, and the website still looks like a business card.

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