This website is the portfolio of Richard Hilton. Below are recent Blog Posts:

Fast Cheap or Good

February 9th, 2014

Fast Cheap or Good Venn DiagramI do a wide range of freelance web design and development work. From PHP object oriented programing, to graphic design. I pride myself in being a well rounded developer. I enjoy taking on new challenges, learning the latest technology, and providing good quality work. One aspect I always need to establish when working on a new project, is what are the priorities. These priorities influence decisions I make when planning out the best solutions for the situation.

A simple way to see it is to decide what is the most important: Fast, Cheap or Good? You can choose 1 or 2, but you cannot have all 3.

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Installation Services of San Diego – Responsive Design

August 1st, 2013

Installation Services of San Diego website launch screenshot 080113Installation Services of San Diego website launch screenshot Respnosive Design080113This week I launched a new website for Installation Services of San Diego Inc. I setup this website with a responsive design template on WordPress Content Management System (CMS). It is a fully functional lead generating website, with room for growth. There is still some more content and information to add, as well as some functionality improvements I will make over the next month or so.

Responsive Design refers to a layout technique that adjusts to fit whatever browser size or mobile device you use to view it with. That means if you view this website on a tablet, or smart phone, the website will adjust to fit within that screen size. The image to the right is a demonstration of the responsive home page being viewed on a thin browser such as an android phone. Everything lines up vertically.

You can try it within your browser by going to the site: InstallationServicesOfSanDiego.com then re-size your browser to be smaller, and observe how the element shift places.

Installation Services of San Diego is a company that has a wide range of products they provide to their customers. The website needs to be flexible enough to portray this array of services, while also focusing on the services and products that sell the most. The site’s primary purpose is for lead generation and consumer confidence. When a company has an easy to use and informative website, it reflects on how the company operates and sets up a good first impression.

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Digital Printing and Graphics – Better, Faster, and for Less

July 17th, 2013

digitalprintingsd.com website screenshot August 2013Digital Printing and Graphics is a print company in San Diego that hired me to setup their website. As a consultant I pay close attention to what the client wants and focus on providing the best solutions for their unique situation. They already had some graphic design work done, and wanted a simple website that allowed them to edit and update over time. They also wanted a better way for clients to transfer files to them. Read more…

DreamHost Green Web Hosting

January 10th, 2013

dreamHostI host the majority of my websites with DreamHost since 2008. I have had a good experience with them and recommend them to anyone who asks me about web hosting. Their administrator panel is easy to use and has a lot of features. I use unlimited hosting so I can host all my sites in one place. I also use Their 50 Gigabyte FTP backup for my personal files.

This Site Is GreenDreamHost is an all around good company. They are carbon neutral and allow you to show off your own site as being hosted carbon neutral with the button to the left. They offer free hosting to non-profit Organizations.

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Front End Developer and Project Manager

October 8th, 2012

I have been hired by a design firm to work as a full time web developer and project manager. This position has a good balance between working with others on large projects, and getting my hands dirty by doing development work. On any given day I work on several projects, some projects I am the primary point of contact between the customer and our programmers, and other projects I am one of the developers.

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American Stirling Company Website

August 14th, 2012

Stirling Engine Animated ExplanationI have been doing website re-development on the American Stirling Company website. The new site has now launched and is fully operational. The site sells stirling engines and related products. A stirling engine is a mechanical engine that runs on heat differential. One side of the engine is heated, while the other side is kept cool. the greater the difference in temperature the faster it runs.

My job for this website re-development was to re-built their old site to have a back end content management system and a new shopping cart that is integrated with their drop ship company API (Application Programming Interface). This means orders are processed and sent out to the customer automatically. I did not do the graphic design work or structural design for this site. I was asked to keep the site looking and functioning identical to the old style. So although the style of the site is old fashioned, the programming behind it is fresh, functionally and optimized.

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After Market Cycles

May 12th, 2012

aftermarketcycles.com screenshot homepage 052312After Market Cycles in an E-commerce website that sells motorcycle parts and accessories. They have deals with multiple manufacturers to get the lowest prices possible for their customers. They have thousands of products available, and a well informed staff who did not need to manually add all of these products. That’s what they hired me to take care of. Read more…

You Can Lucid Dream

April 10th, 2012

You Can Lucid Dream LogoI have been teaching lucid dreaming techniques and information for the past few years. One of my goals is to convey as much information in as short of time as possible. Recently I organize it down to 7 things you need to know to have a successful lucid dream experience. These 7  things can be shared within 10 minutes, but each subject can be expanded on and talked about for hours. When I have more time to go into details, I use metaphors, quotes, stories, and examples to make the presentation more interesting. Read more…

Google Calendar of Upcoming Events

February 8th, 2012

I keep a public Google Calendar with upcoming Expos, Festivals, Art Shows, Workshops, Film Screenings, Networking opportunities, and General Events I want to go to, and want others to know about also. I have events posted for the next few months. If you use google calendar, you can click on the “+Google Calendar” button at the bottom right of the calendar to add this calender to yours, so you can see these events on your google calendar.

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eMerge – Live Music Jam & Time Merge San Diego

January 10th, 2012

eMerge Logo Designed by Richard HiltonFriday, January 13 2012 at 8:00 PM
Mystic Water Kava Bar San Diego
3811 Ray Street. North Park, 92104.

I am co-hosting a re-occurring event that has music and socializing. It features networking that is similar to speed dating but for creative projects. It is called a Time Merge. Each person will get to speak 1 on 1 with every other person who takes part, allowing 2 minutes each to pitch an idea and get feedback. The goal is to practice pitching ideas, getting feedback, and finding other creative people to potentially work with.

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Vehicle for the Soul 17-Minute Online Documentary

December 13th, 2011

Vehicle For The Soul DVD CoverVehicle for the Soul: Qi and Coherence is a 17-minute documentary on the Eastern perspective of energy movement in the body known as Qi mixed with the Western science of bio-feedback. It was fueled by creative passion to explore and share inspiring health information to family, friends, community and the internet. I collaborated with LeAnne Thomason who is a skilled acupuncturist, healer, and close friend who shares this vision of spreading health, wellness, and uplifting wisdom.

We decided to use audience participation, 3D animation, and formal interviews to make it as engaging and beneficial as possible. It was internally funded and supported by donations and volunteers, which gave us the freedom to take the project in any direction we wanted. It was an incredible experience that we learned a lot from. Our vision was larger than what we had made time for, so within the year we worked on it we only completed the first part of a three part script. Recently we have put the documentary on our website to be watched online for free. Hope you enjoy it.

Learn more about Qi, Breath work, and heart coherence, by clicking “Watch” from the main menu of the Vehicle for the Soul website: www.VehicleForTheSoul.com

Presenter at Dreaming and Awakening Retreat

September 16th, 2011

How would you like to go on vacation to a remote tropical island for 10 days to learn and practice lucid dreaming with world renown researcher Dr. Stephen LaBerge from the Lucidity Institute? Well that is exactly what the “Dreaming and Awakening” retreat is all about. It happens about twice a year at a remote yoga retreat center called Kalani located at the South East corner of the Big Island of Hawaii. The next one takes place November 5th to 14th 2011.

The first time I attended was in 2004 when I was doing research and interviews for a documentary on Lucid Dreaming called: “Explorers of the Lucid Dream World“. After I completed the documentary I stayed in communication with the Lucidity Institute. In 2010 they invited me back as an assistant and a presenter. Since then I have attended 3 retreats, and am schedule to go in November. They have placed my picture and bio on the “Dreaming and Awakening” website.

If this event is something you are interested in going to, let me know. There are scholarships available for researchers and dreamers who may not be able to pay the full cost.

Bulb Media Website re-Design

September 14th, 2011

Old BulbMedia Website screenshot from 2007 to 2010Bulb Media was first setup in 2004 to be a home for my portfolio and blog. It was originally BulbMedia.NET because .COM was not available. In 2007 BulbMedia.COM became available so I setup a wordpress blog and have been using it up to now.

4 years have passed, and I have decided to re-design it to more accurately represent my web design ability. The new site launched September 14th 2011 and it is now the official Bulb Media Website. To see the old site visit the Old Bulb Media site Read more…

Quote Lotus

August 24th, 2011

Quote Lotus Logo LargeI created Quote Lotus in August 2011 to spread some of the best quotes, jokes, and videos I have come across on the internet. The slogan is “Simplify Life, Elevate Purpose” (Henry David Thoreau) because the site is about being inspiring and informing while keeping it short and simple. A lot of wisdom, knowledge, and humor can be contained in a quote, or a well made short internet video.

Quote Lotus is the 2nd generation of a mirco-blog website called Link Lotus which I designed using custom PHP code and a flat file database in 2006. Quote Lotus instead uses WordPress as a content management system allows for a lot of additional features such as E-mail subscription to receive updates weekly.

Lucid Dream Workshop July 2011 in San Diego

July 9th, 2011

This workshop will include everything you need in order to have vivid, meaningful and lucid dreams in your life. It includes instructions on an effective technique that can be tried at home on your own. No previous experience required. Both beginners and advanced dreamers welcome. All you need is interest.Lucid Dream Workshop in San Diego July 2011

  • 90 minute workshop that covers:
    • Important dream recall information
    • Sleep and dream science from Lucidity Institute
    • How to maintain an on-going dream practice
    • Examples, stories, metaphors, quotes
    • 5 things you need to know to have a lucid dream
    • Lucid dream powers, and dream examples
  • Optional Follow-up meeting 1 week after to share dream experiences in a group. (7pm August 7th)
  • Take home handout explaining step-by-step instructions on a lucid dream technique everyone in the group can try out.
  • A DVD of “Explorers of the Lucid Dream World”
  • Optional dream supplement that increases dream vividness or herbal dream tea mix.
  • Meet other interested dreamers

Sunday 7:30pm July 31st 2011
Tickets Cost $15. RSVP.
Located in North Park at: Mystic Water Kava Bar
3811 Ray Street, San Diego, CA 92104