About Steven Bradley

As the title says, my name is Steven Bradley. In late 2005 I launched this site to support my freelance web design and development business. Shortly after I began writing articles here and have continued writing articles in the many years since.

Over the years I found that I enjoy writing more than any other aspect of my business and in 2015 I decided to make changes to reflect that. I stopped taking on new clients in favor of a business model that calls for the creation of content across different media.

Among others I’ve written for:

  • Smashing Magazine
  • Adobe
  • TutsPlus
  • Peachpit Press
  • .Net Magazine
  • PayPal’s Online Merchant Network

I’ve also written two books, Design Fundamentals: Elements, Attributes & Principles, which you can buy here on the site and CSS Animation and Transitions for the Modern Web, which you can find at Amazon and iBooks.

Connect and Contact

In addition to this site, you can connect with me at StevenBradley.me where I write about creativity and productivity and my journey to become an author of short stories and novels or my small business forum, where a community of business owners help each other by sharing information and answering questions.

The best way to reach me is through email (info@vanseodesign.com). I’m sometimes active on social sites like Twitter, but if you want to make sure I see your message, email is your best bet.

Background and Personal

I’m originally from New York. I was born in Brooklyn and raised on Long Island. I now live at the foot of the Rocky Mountains in Boulder, Colorado.

Ever since I was a kid most people assumed I would end up doing something with computers or technology in general. Unfortunately I wasn’t one of them and I spent much of my early adult life doing a variety of things. From structural engineer to vagabond artist and writer and many things in between.

Eventually I found my way back to tech, specifically the web, which led to a decade of designing and developing websites. My favorite part of the business was learning new things and then sharing what I’d learned with whoever wanted to know.

Now I get to spend more of my time learning and sharing.

I’m a sports junkie, the kind who can watch ESPN 24 hours a day. Baseball is my favorite with football a close second, but I can happily watch most any sport.

I read a lot. I’ve been reading for as long as I can remember and I’ve been told I was memorizing the books read to me before I could read them myself. My favorite works are literary. Jack Kerouac, J.D. Salinger, Henry Miller, William Faulkner, Virginia Woolf, James Joyce. You get the idea. Recently I’ve gone back to reading science fiction authors like Ray Bradbury, Isaac Asimov, Aldous Huxley, and George Orwell.

I also enjoy photography and you can sometimes find me out taking pictures with my iPhone. When I remember I post some of the images to my Instagram profile.

Somewhere along the way I earned a degree in History and I still enjoy books and movies about times other than this one. My favorite documentary producer is Ken Burns and I enjoy watching a good historical documentary on most any subject.

While my friends were listening to 80’s pop, I was listening to classic rock from the 60’s and early 70’s. I still do, but my tastes have matured to included blues and jazz. If someone is singing about how his baby left him and then lets me know he’ll be ok, I’m there. Robert Johnson wrote 29 of the greatest songs ever written. If you’re ever in a bad mood listen to Louis Armstrong. The man was so filled with joy and a love for life that it’s hard to be in a bad mood after listening to him for an hour. John Coltrane and Thelonious Monk are geniuses. I could listen to Billie Holiday sing all day.

I wish I could play chess better. I taught myself the game when I was very young, but never taught myself to play well. A few years ago I got a little better, but only a little better. I may not be particularly good, but I enjoy a good game.