My name is Ken Curtis and I am a freelance designer, world traveler, and visual communication professor.

I've been spending some time updating this site, so if this is your first time back in a while take a moment to explore and let me know what you think. I've added a new page to the site for my book so if you're interested in downloading it look in the menu. I've also fixed some problems, but managed to cause new ones. Sorry for any inconvenience.

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July 3, 2019

I started a new series

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Just as the title says, I’ve started a new series on kennethcurtis.com. It’s based on my need to learn wireframing for web design. I decided not that long ago to again try to pick up where I left off on learning Balsamiq Mockup for wireframing. I had started it a couple of years ago and got to a working level with it but I never really took to the concept of creating a site without having a visually pleasing end result. When a friend asked me to work on a concept that he had been thinking about I thought that this would be a good chance to construct the site in a more contemporary way. The result was that I decided to start a video/written series where I record my process of learning the software. The thought is that maybe there are others out there that may be in the same place I am and would enjoy working along with…
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Some of my recent videos.

I have recently started making videos chronicling parts of my life. Some of these videos focus on traveling and the experiences that I have been fortunate enough to have had. Others are a way to remind me what life was like...back then. :) I've included some of the more recent and will continue to as I make more. The last few months I've done about 10 videos but have only added six to this site so visit my youtube channel to see them and all the others.

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Five Days in Nepal

7:15 | HD

A few years ago I spent some time in Nepal. If you've seen my Varanasi video, I left for Nepal shortly after being there. Anyway, I had a great time in Nepal.

Six Days in Hikkaduwa, Sri Lanka

7:51 | HD

During my week there I spent time doing what most people do, playing in the water, laying on the beach, and just kinda hanging out.

Mangroves and Monkeys, Thailand

7:38 | HD

Although the monkeys weren't tame, they were really used to being around humans. It made for an interesting time.

The Sands of Liwa

6:04 | HD

Liwa is part of a very large desert that spans the border between the UAE and Saudi Arabia.

Beautiful & Mystical Varanasi, India

6:07 | HD

I really think there is something very special about this city. I've read some things like it's the oldest city ever...

Sun Bears and Orangutans, Borneo

3:49 | HD

In this video I spent some time in two animal sanctuaries in Borneo, specifically in Sandakan, Sabah, Malaysia.

It's a Great Life.

I feel fortunate to have experienced all that I have. I’ve seen and experienced things, that as a child, would never haved dreamed that I would see. Besides, I’m healthy, have a good career, and I’ve been able to travel the world.

It really is a great life.

Current Research.

I have been working with web related technology since about 1997. First diving into HTML4 for simple pages. Later as the need arose I would look at other languages or technologies to subsidize the HTML. After HTML I worked with CSS and then tried my hand at the old standby server-side language, PERL. That lasted a couple of years until I heard of a new language, php and MySQL.

 

HTML5

For the last 18 years I have been programming basic sites using HTML4.01, but in the last year I made the conscious decision to move over to HTML5. Experience Novice+.

CSS3

I've been working with CSS2 and CSS3 for about 19 years. Experience level, advanced.

Bootstrap

Bootstrap is a responsive HTML5 frontend responsive mobile-first framework that expedites the creation of layouts. This site is the second site that I've utilized Bootstrap. Experience Novice+

Love me some web.

Sometimes I wonder why I initially got into web design. Unlike other forms of art such as painting or sculpture, web design has not finished growing and maturing. It seems nearly every year another language is introduced or a design method has moved to the forefront and must be studied and utilized to maintain an edge in web. Having said that, and knowing that for at least the foreseeable future, I will continue to struggle to keep up, it's what I enjoy doing, and I've enjoyed doing it for over 20 years.

 

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Living My Dream
by Kenneth Curtis

"Living My Dream" chronicles my first ever backpacking adventure around the world. Through of a series of blog posts I try my best to describe exactly what I'm experiencing. The book includes all the mistakes I made, the fun and the adventures I had, as well as the great people that I met along my way. It was my first ever travel adventure I had, and is to this date, the most epic. Visitors to my site will be able to download the ePub or interactive PDF for free.

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