Scott Vandehey

Front-End Web Developer

Scott Vandehey

Scott earned a BS in Graphic Design, with a concentration in Web Design, from Portland State University in 2000. He came to Pop Art in February of 2006 after having worked on several web sites since 1995. Since coming to Pop Art, Scott has helped with the production of most of our projects, including DetroitDiesel.com and the Freightliner Trucks homepage redesign. He is also the lead architect of both the revamped PopArt.com, and the Pop Art blog. Outside of being our resident CSS ninja, Scott is a passionate gamer, and movie patron.

You’ll sometimes hear people joke that good programmers are 'lazy,' and what this means is simply that good programmers tend to see duplicated work as a bug, and try to fix it. James Bennett, discussing CSS frameworks

Education

BS in Graphic Design from Portland State University

Ideal Jeopardy Categories

  • Web standards and CSS
  • Comic books
  • Blues Brothers trivia
  • Science fiction
  • Video games
  • Downtempo music
  • Potent Potables

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Posts by Scott Vandehey

Google Chrome Frame for Internet Explorer

Long story short, Google released a plugin for IE 6, 7 and 8 that will run Google Chrome (which uses webkit) inside a frame in the IE browser. Now IE6 can be standards-compliant, and all versions of IE get blazing fast javascript and HTML 5 support. Sounds great, but there are some problems, as lifehacker […]

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IE8 Compatibility Mode and IE7 are Not the Same Thing

Just so we’re clear, testing your website in an actual copy of IE7, and testing in IE8′s Compatibility Mode are not the same thing. Compatibility Mode does an acceptable job of imitating IE7, and for the average user who’s just trying to fix a site that looks broken under IE8, it’s good enough. However, there […]

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How to Avoid Paragraph Gaps when Using Superscript and Subscript

Frequently, when I see a webpage with superscript or subscript text, I see associated gaps in the paragraph. This is caused because the default way browsers render super and subscript text is to add enough vertical space in the paragraph to show them. The result is ugly, but as you can see in the following […]

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Intelligent Defaults Save Time

Have you ever been a regular at a coffee shop? The barista knows you by name, and every morning when you come by, she’s already got your Triple Non-Fat Sugar-Free Vanilla Latte waiting for you. That’s an intelligent default. She doesn’t know for sure that’s what you want, or even that you’ll come in today, […]

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Key Takeaways from An Event Apart

I’ve attended An Event Apart four years running now. It is, hands-down, the finest web conference around, and if you work on the web at all, whether you’re a designer, developer, copywriter, or client-services, I cannot recommend it highly enough. Reviewing my notes from previous conferences, I noticed that there were some running themes. Each […]

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How to Convert from Community Server 2007 to WordPress

It’s safe to say that no one at Pop Art was ever really happy with Community Server. We selected it as a platform for a variety of reasons, some of which turned out to be based on faulty assumptions. Once we finally made the decision to switch to WordPress, the conversion was a huge pain, […]

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Six WordPress Tips from the Pop Art Blog Redesign

When we converted the Pop Art Blog to use WordPress, I learned some clever tricks that I would like to share with you. If you like what we’ve done around here, you might be interested in some of these techniques for your own site.

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XHTML 2 is Dead

Wow, I didn’t see this coming. Zeldman reports that the W3C is not going to renew the XHTML 2 working group‘s charter this year. That effectively kills XHTML 2 in favor of devoting the resources to the HTML 5 working group. This makes sense in that HTML 5 is already gaining traction, and we’ve seen […]

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How to Get Your Most Recent Twitter Posts Using PHP with Caching

When we started redesigning the Pop Art blog, one of the chief requirements was to integrate everyone’s Twitter feeds into the site. In addition to the Pop Art Twitter feed in the sidebar, we wanted to add individual twitter feeds on the profile pages. The problem is that the javascript code that Twitter provides can […]

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Welcome to the New Pop Art Blog!

The new Pop Art blog is live! On the front end, it’s sporting a brand-new, and oh-so-spiffy, design, and on the back-end it’s been converted to the titan of the blogging world, WordPress. Please look around, and enjoy the new scenery.  And make sure you take a peek at the new profile pages by clicking […]

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Bugzilla’s Reset Password Page Sucks

Frequently, my coworkers will forget their Bugzilla passwords. They come to me, because I manage it, and I always send them to the reset password page. Inevitably, they come back a few minutes later and tell me that it didn’t work, and I just reset their passwords by hand. Well, I finally figured out the […]

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An Event Apart Seattle 2009

The night before An Event Apart, I was at a party with some college friends. When they found out I was in town for a conference, they wanted to know what it was about. I said it was a web conference, and they said “Aren’t those usually held on the web?” Eventually, I explained it […]

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I Work With a Bunch of Smartasses, Part VIII

Libby: What’s that credit card test number again? Andrew: It’s four, one, one, one, one, one, one, one, one, one, one, one, one, one, one, one.

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First, Light a Fire

The best advice my father ever gave me was to start a fire. My family owns a cabin out in the middle of nowhere. For nine months a year, it sits empty, and during the summer, various branches of the family take turns vacationing there. It’s beautiful, but the first family in has the responsibility […]

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I Work With a Bunch of Smartasses Part VII

Coworker 1: “The client wants this logo to be 10 pixels bigger.” Coworker 2: “You know what? Let’s overdeliver. Give ‘em 11 pixels.”

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Why Aren’t You Using Fireworks to Compress Images?

I’m sure you’ve all heard the Fireworks vs. Photoshop debate. When I started at Pop Art, I was a Photoshop user. It was the application that we were taught in my graphic design program, and when I found out that the creative team used Fireworks, it took quite awhile for them to convince me that […]

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Who’s Afraid of HTML Email?

Anyone who tells you creating HTML email is easy has either never done it, or is lying. Inexperienced designers tend to think, “Oh, no problem, it’s all tables and font tags!” Grizzled veterans, however, know all too well the difficulties of getting anything but the most simple design to render well in a variety of […]

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Motrin Messes with Mommy-Bloggers and Loses

This morning, Annie told me about a Motrin ad that a bunch of mom-bloggers were angry about because it was critical of babywearing. She was really upset about it, and convinced that it was an intentional slam on mothers. Since I work in marketing, and Annie majored in Sociology, we tend to have conversations like […]

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LP Usual Defects

About six month ago, we launched the first version of Stop the Usual Defects, a microsite for LP to promote the launch of their new engineered wood product, LSL. The concept was to showcase the strengths of LSL by portraying defects in traditional lumber in the style of The Usual Defects. We just reworked the […]

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I Work with a Bunch of Smartasses Part VI

Pop Artist A: “I think it might be more interesting if we had several people talking in the video instead of just one.” Pop Artist B: “Yeah, maybe have them talking on the roof?” Pop Artist C: “Drinking beer!” Pop Artist D: “In fact, forget the video!”

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Bionic Lobster

We recently launched a microsite for Leatherman’s new Bionic Lobster ad campaign. The idea is that a lobster lost his claw during a struggle with a Sea Captain, but stole his Leatherman at the same time. He tied it onto the stump, and became a kind of lobster superhero, freeing his fellow crustaceans from restaurant […]

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Detroit Diesel Redesign

About a month ago, we launched the new Detroit Diesel redesign. We were working on this site when I was first hired at Pop Art, and while I’m proud of the code we wrote the first time, our standards have evolved a bit over time. The opportunity to revisit the site and kick it up […]

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An Event Apart San Francisco 2008

I’ve managed to attend An Event Apart every year so far, and this year was particularly exciting because the nearest location was in San Francisco. I went to Seattle the last two times, which was fine, but I know Seattle pretty well, so the opportunity to play tourist in a new city was very appealing […]

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The Survey for People Who Make Websites 2008

The guys over at A List Apart have posted the Survey for People Who Make Websites 2008. Despite the awkward name, this survey is worth your time if your job has anything whatsoever to do with the web. The results from last year’s survey were really interesting, and now that they’ve refined the questions a […]

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Mac vs PC Firefox 3 Add Bookmark Dialog

One major annoyance between the Mac and PC versions of Firefox 3 is the position of the “Done” button on the Add Bookmark dialog. On a Mac, the button is on the right. On a PC, it’s on the left. I won’t comment on which is better, just that the difference breaks my muscle memory […]

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