This is actually an old version of For the latest and greatest, check out the new site.

Getting Started

Pretend that I’ve already given you the typical welcome speech.

I’m not going to tell you about myself or this site. I’m also not going to tell you to enjoy yourself, look around, or to drop me a line to let me know what you think. But I am going to tell you about what I want from you.

Now before you run for the exits, hear me out. I’m not going to ask too much of you; I just want to pick your brain for a minute. For years to come, this website will be a place where you can listen to what I have to say, but, ironically, and, perhaps for the better, this first post is all about you.

Some may see this site as my starting point, my enty into the web community. At some point in your life, you also decided to start your career, no matter what it is. If you’re in school, tell me why you chose that school. If you’re eating a burrito, fill me in on what makes your burrito more special than a fajita. You get the idea.

I’m interested in hearing stories, successful or not so successful, about where you started and how that helped you to get where you are now.

In any case, enjoy yourself, look around, and drop me a line to let me know what you think!


Jason Santa Maria said:

Congrats on your new site Dan!

The main thing that got me into design was the realization after drawing my entire life thus far, I was still astonishingly unfit to be an illustrator.

Posted on August 5, 2005 11:13 PM

Dan Mall said:

Thanks Jason. Well, that may have something to do with the friends that you have . . .

Posted on August 5, 2005 11:16 PM

Adam Little said:

finally got the site up, looks good… keep updating it and i’ll keep coming back.

Posted on August 5, 2005 11:17 PM

Rob Weychert said:

The site is lookin’ slick, Dan.

As for getting started, I almost always feel like I’m still just getting started, mostly because there are so many people out there doing great work that inspires me. I almost don’t want to get to a point where I feel very accomplished, because that would indicate a dearth of inspiring work. So I guess if I have achieved anything, it has been thanks to an inferiority complex.

Posted on August 5, 2005 11:18 PM

Chris K said:

Nice site. Simple but clean and elegant.

I wanted to get into art in some form or fashion, and decided on design & advertising after reading Olgilvy on Advertising. My decision was further solidified my first summer out of high school when I worked at a bank as was completely bored by the mundane work.

Posted on August 5, 2005 11:20 PM

Ian said:

I’m plagued by doing a lot of things okay but not being able to do anything great. Maybe it’s a short attention span, maybe it’s lack of talent or real vision, who knows? So I associate with people who awe me hoping that it’ll ‘wear off’ on me. Or I’ll at least get attention for knowing amazing people.

Geez, I shoulda sent that to postsecret.

Posted on August 5, 2005 11:21 PM

Joshua Lane said:

What got me started (even though it was 6 months into my first job as a web designer), was when I started working on my own projects. Specifically, it was the creation of my site, that made me feel like I had arrived.

Granted, it was a lot of hard work in the beginning, but when I look at where it is now (popular & profitable), I’m definitely glad I stuck with it.

Posted on August 5, 2005 11:23 PM

bearskinrug said:

The site is looking good, Dan! I love the simplicity. As you know, I am an especially big fan of your “two-column” presentation – congratulations!

I always had a pretty good idea of what I would do to make a living. But after working in fast-food, it absolutely solidified my desire to draw professionally…

Posted on August 5, 2005 11:27 PM

Cashdollar said:

At the age of 3, I created a drawing and entitled it “Attack of the Universe.” Here I am today.

I hope this new web presence is your very own attack on the design world!

Good work buddy!

Posted on August 5, 2005 11:28 PM

Jon Aldinger said:

Yesterday I purchased a used couch. After two months of scouring Craigslist I finally found one that would get along nicely with my loveseat. There were many candidates and the competition was fierce, but in the end there could be only one winner (my house is small and so is my budget). The chosen one had a perfect combination of size, color, material, and price. After taking the door off the hinges and pushing really hard, the new couch made it safely into my living room. Satisfied with my accomplishment, I went for a bike ride down Kelly drive and then grilled up some dinner on the back deck. Good job with your site by the way. I know you put a lot of effort in here; what is this like aesthetic revision 18.764?

Posted on August 5, 2005 11:29 PM

Jervis Thompson said:

What got me started..

Dalingokid Who?:Some people claim to be “experts”, or “gurus” in the ever growing discipline of Digital Multimedia, me…. I’m none of those titles…. I’m just “DaLingoKid”./

The DaLingoKid is the name of my super hero alter ego. Dedicated to truth, justice, fun, and the art of lingo logic. After all…. if a picture is worth a thousand words, then a interactive multimedia movie must be worth at least a million. What better multimedia authoring tool than Macromedia’s Director and it’s scripting language “LINGO”?

I’ve been programming computers since 1979. Yes way way back in the days of punch cards and mainframes that took up enter rooms. But that does not make me “DaLingoKid”.

I’ve spent over a decade in the Air Force programming and teaching others how to program in languages like Fortran, Pascal, Cobol, C++, JavaScript, etc. But that does not make me “DaLingoKid”.

I’ve got an Associates Degree in Computer Science (GPA 3.7) and BS Degree in Information Science & Technology (GPA 3.9). But that does not make me “DaLingoKid”.

I’ve been using Director since Director 4.0. But that does not make me “DaLingoKid”.

I’ve been professionally consulting as an Interactive Multimedia Software Engineer specializing in but not limited to Director/Lingo since 1992. But that does not make me “DaLingoKid”.

In addition to consulting I’m currently a fulltime Instructor/Professor at Drexel University’s Digital Media Department. Teaching digital multimedia interactively using html, javascript, flash, and guess what…. Director/Lingo. But that does not make me “DaLingoKid”.

I’m the “DaLingoKid” because of a fortunate twist of fate…

The creator of the “Lingo” language is a cool dude called John “JT” Thompson. John “JT” Thompson took almost two years of his busy life, took me in and taught me Lingo from the ground up as only he could. After my apprenticeship was done.. I asked John how I could ever possibly repay him…. John said “Jervis you can’t ever repay me….. All you could do is past it on”. Thus was the birth of the DaLingoKid web site.

btw. The creator of Lingo…. John “JT” Thompson is my big brother, and I’m his “Kid” brother…. hence the name “DaLingoKid”. Thanks Big Bro I could not of done it without ya 8-)

Pass it on man…


Posted on August 5, 2005 11:33 PM

Dan Mall said:

Jon, very good guess; this is actually version 19. By the way, I hope that long rant is your way of saying that everyone that posts here is invited to sit on your new couch and have you grill some dinner for us on your back deck.

Posted on August 5, 2005 11:33 PM

Emily said:

I made a Ceasar salad for the first time last night. I thus concluded that the Ceasar salad is kind of like your website…. light and simple. Even if you’re full you can still eat it, with or without croutons. And it tastes great…

Just don’t shake the salad dressing at the grocery store before you buy it. Trust me.

Posted on August 5, 2005 11:34 PM

Lea said:

Hi Dan, thanks for your kind words on my site! It looks like you’ve figured out how to get the Submit button to show. Anyway, mind telling me how you do author comment highlighting through Textpattern? That would be much appreciated! ♥

Posted on August 5, 2005 11:35 PM

Greg said:

I know how many late nights you�ve put in working on this. And wow, as I type this, to the right, I can see what it is I'm typing. Neat. Congrats.

As for me, I started by trying to market inventions developed by independent inventors to companies. Like the dog umbrella. Do you have one? You can thank me later. This led to database work, CD-ROM development, and eventually site design. I moved to Seattle, did the e-commerce thing for an insurance company (yawn), sold my own business and then moved back to Philly, where I was raised from just a youngin'.

Now, aside from professional tapdancing and rediscovering Rush's "A Farewell to Kings", I am trying to get you to move upstairs to our office to propel our company to the stratosphere.

Posted on August 5, 2005 11:36 PM

Dan Mall said:

Lea, check your email for info about author highlighting. I tried to post it here, but Textpattern is botching my HTML. :(

Greg, you tapdance? I’ll definitely be moving upstairs!

Posted on August 5, 2005 11:37 PM

Lea said:

Hi Dan! Indeed, I did get your e-mail, I was just waiting until I got successfully (or unsuccessfully) installed before I bug you again! :-) Thanks for taking the time to humour lil’ ol’ me. Though, you may regret it soon, as this may have opened the floodgates for more bugging. :-D Cheers!

Posted on August 5, 2005 11:38 PM

marko said:

LOL! This is very smart usage of DOM scripting to count paragraphs and split them. Very, very clever! Overall nice site!

Posted on August 5, 2005 11:39 PM

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