The Author

Joe Shindelar is a twenty something artist and web developer living, working, and playing in Minneapolis, Minnesota. After seven and a half years of higher education he graduated with a degree in art from the University of Minnesota. Although he doesn't do it as often as he would like Joe occasionally dabbles in various forms of art and design. Current favorite topics include screen printing, and trying to find new ways of bridging the gap between art and technology. Despite any formal training Joe spends most of his days working as a web developer for Triangle Park Creative, where he develops websites for non-profits and other progressive organizations using Drupal (eojthebrave) and any other tools needed to get the job done.

That's all well and good, but what does he do for fun you ask? Joe loves bicycles, working on bicycles, riding bicycles, and looking at bicycles on the internet is a favorite past time of his. Joe also enjoys snowboarding and is a certified level II and freestyle accredited instructor who teaches for Blizzard MN when the weather permits. After the sun goes down Joe enjoys going out to concerts, or putting on a new CD, sitting down on the couch, and just listening.

The Site

Dreamformula.com is the online sketchbook of Joe Shindelar (see left) and provides a place for him to experiment with and talk about new ideas in both web development and art. The idea behind this site is two-fold. First and foremost it is a virtual sketchbook. The tools used to develop it, and the overall design of the site have been left as simple, and flexible as possible. Like a sketchbook, when creating new content you are presented with a blank white canvas and a set of tools that allow you to express your ideas as quickly and efficiently as possible with little to no restrictions on what you can put on the page and where. Look for posts tagged with <CSS> which denotes CSS rules that differ from the norm.

Second, this site is an attempt at aggregating much of the authors online activities. As we spend more and more of our time online making use of tools like Facebook, Last.fm, and Del.icio.us which date and catelog all of our interactions we create a sort of virtual timeline. The activity stream on this site is an attempt at leveraging the various API's and other web technologies in place on other sites to allow people to get a glimpse into the author's life as it unfolds.

This site is powered by the Drupal content management system and a handful of contributed and custom modules.