About Alan Hogan
I hail from Pennsylvania (hi Dad) and have lived in the San Francisco Bay Area since December 2011. (I love the climate and geography there, but detest the crime and politics.)
I (try to) make usable and maintainable software for a living. I also maintain a handful of other websites as personal side projects.
My hobbies include photography and learning more about the natural world around me. (I combine these interests by snapping interesting plants and animals to identify and share on iNaturalist.) I’ve also managed to learn some French.
I’ve been a Mac user ever since I got my first computer, and love the attention to detail and user experience that Apple has long embodied (bugs that make me want to defenestrate my laptop notwithstanding).
It makes me very happy to know that the tips, tricks, and tools I have shared online — here and elsewhere — have been able to help tens or hundreds of thousands of strangers. Site visitors’ occasional, unprompted notes of thanks and appreciation mean a ton to me.
I have worked with many web tech startups. In particular, I like to evolve processes, tools, and standards in order to set up long-lasting, maintainable software systems.
I am proud to have introduced CSS methodologies and accessibility concerns to the start-ups and companies I have had the privilege of working for, such as Guidebook, NoRedInk, IFTTT, and Zendesk.
At IFTTT I applied responsive web design to make the entire ifttt.com domain mobile-friendly. I also developed the intra-app API and web technology for our award-winning hybrid iOS app.
In 2011, I co-founded Blogic, where I did lots of product design & development; it was acquired by Jobing.com.
About My Website
I created this website years ago to share tips, tricks, opinions, code, programs, and more. I continue to self-publish written works because only I can guarantee the continual availability of my own content. So many of the platforms on which many of us previously published have completely shut down (GeoCities, Posterous), been bought out (Tumblr, MySpace, LiveJournal), and/or change or arbitrarily enforce content polices (Blogger, Angelfire, Lycos…), meaning content disappears. With alanhogan.com, I can attempt to ensure my own work will be continuously available at unchanged URLs. It also means I can keep third-party scripts, ad networks, and various privacy-eroding agents at bay. It’s a fast, minimal, performant site — as it should be.
This website is running a CMS I wrote in 2007 or so, which isn’t publicly available and you almost certainly don’t want to use. (There are some benefits, though: It gives you complete control over URLs; supports multiple types of pages; had first-class caching; allows dynamic content; and has lots of extensibility.)
Get in Touch
If you want to write me, please use my contact form. I’d love to hear from you.