About Alan Hogan
I hail from Pennsylvania (hi Dad) and have lived in the San Francisco Bay Area since December 2011.
I (try to) make usable and maintainable software for a living. Currently, I do that under the very fine umbrella of Zendesk.
My biggest hobby is photography. I’m also learning 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).
I don’t have perfect health. I plan to live quite a while longer, but nevertheless I can’t help but consider what kind of legacy I will leave when I eventually pass. At such times, it brings me comfort 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 the world to me.
I don’t get the sense that my good friends spend much on this website, but if any of you are reading: Your friendship means the world to me. Thank you. And to my family, I love you all.
I have worked with many web tech startups, particularly in San Francisco. 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 I have had the privilege of working for, such as Guidebook, NoRedInk, and IFTTT.
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 my own CMS, which you don’t want to use (trust me). (There are some benefits, though: complete control over URLs, content types, caching, dynamic content, and extensibility.)
Get in Touch
If you want to write me, please use my contact form. I’d love to hear from you.