5 key practices of an effective cio or web dev director

When I get real honest with myself, I am not just passionate about building user-centered websites or applications but also to have a good internal product lifecycle and maintenance plan that just works across the enterprise, like a well oiled machine. There is truly nothing worse as web professionals than working with systems, sites or tools that

5 web design trends you should really consider for 2016

Written on February 28th, 2016

Design trends come and go. I strongly encourage you never to follow every new design trend that comes on the scene. Even if the other design shops with dudes wearing epic mustaches are doing it. Doing so can quickly date your site, make you look like everyone else, or worse, have a broken site experience filled with every design trend without any true purpose. Which your visitors love (heavy sarcasm w

Finally Rebuilt My Site

I am not a procrastinator by any means. In fact, when I get an idea in my head I don't think of anything else until it's done. However, I thought it would be fun to take a new approach to my website, update the design, and finally leave my long time CMS Drupal, and build this site in Statamic. I first had this idea and bought the Statamic license

how to recruit top development talent as a manager

Written on September 7th, 2015

Spoiler Alert: if you have a large budget, you will dramatically increase your chances of recruiting top developer talent. Having a foosball table and some multi-colored uncomfortable couches, does not make you a hip company that will automatically get talented developers to join your team.

But now thats out of the way, if you don’t have an endless budget or your having a tough time hiring

my goals for 2016

Written on December 29th, 2015

Starting a new tradition of posting my goals for the year. Enjoy

  • Pray more
  • Give more
  • New blog post every week
  • Finish and launch my new book, “Design and Development Relationships”
  • Add more code repos to my public Github (jnorthcott22)
  • Speak at 2 Web Design and Development conferences that I have not done befor