Grant Custer

web design & development

Findings

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lead design

Findings is the easiest way to quote and share the web. Our extension/bookmarklet lets you save quotes from acrosss the web. Apply a template to give the quote a personalized touch, and share the image across your social networks.

Browse, discover and discuss quotes saved by others. Group them into collections. Customize your profile page by selecting your favorite quotes for "hero" treatent.

Our Chrome extension also features inline-highlighting on the page itself.

I am responsible for the design at Findings, from the quote templates to our owl, Bartholomew Findings. I also put together a fun getting started page.

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Banters

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design & front-end dev

Banters lets you save and share witty or important conversations.

I worked under Patrick to implement Banter's design. Some of the things I focused on were hover transitions, responsive design, and the ability to resize individual panels in the post creator. I also coded up a "Bantimation" feature that allowed users to view their conversations in gorgeous 2D.

Banters lives on today as a standalone post creator.

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Going.im

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design & dev

Going.im lets you share events you are going to and find people to go with.

Going is my design playground, back-end code gym, and attempt to get people to go to concerts with me. It's where I experiment with transitions and form copy. The code has gotten a little ungainly of late, and I hope to do an overhaul/clean-out soon.

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Host

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design & dev

Host is an experiment in footnote display in the form of a David Foster Wallace essay divided into four separate sections. You can find more info on the experiment in the site's about section.

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Blood Blister Sisters

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tumblr theme

Blood Blister Sisters is a collaborative feminist music blog. I created the header animation and many of the design elements out of real construction paper and thread. It's one of my favorite things I've done.

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Blog

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tumblr theme

My blog theme is an experiment in color. Each day of the year gets assigned its own color, while the top bar gets the color of the current day. This means that when you scroll all the way through you can spot what posts were made around this time in past years. The experiment came out of a desire to learn more about color and to explore the possibilities of ambient information communication.

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New York City Taxpayer Receipt

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design & dev

I teamed up with Alec Schierenbeck out of Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer’s office to create the New York City Taxpayer Receipt. The receipt took a lot of inspiration from the wonderful White House version.

I used the metaphor of depth and lots of sliding effects to make the vast amount of information contained within the receipt approachable. The detailed information is there for those who need it but positioned so that it won’t overwhelm.

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Fiesta Feminista

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wordpress theme

One of the great things about going to a college with a fair amount of international students (and a fair amount of people who go on to do impressive things) is that sometimes they ask you to be involved in their projects. My former classmate Smita Sharma contacted me about putting together this site for the Malaysian feminist organization Fiesta Feminista.

The website needed to be simple, updateable and fast-loading. I built a Wordpress custom theme for the site and a custom tumblr theme for the blog. I also got my first experience making a multi-lingual site – it is available in both English and Bahasa Malaysia.

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A Short Distance Left to Run

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tumblr theme

A Short Distance Left to Run is a simple log of the songs I run to. I'm putting it up here as an attempt to shame myself into starting to update it again. The design is based around the fact that the tumblr audio player reminds me of the progress bar on treadmills.

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