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Breaking News


Launched TheHOTSpace.com

Category : Around The Office, Around West Hartford, Technology, Web Launches

The HOTSpace.com is the temporary name and home for The Hartford Open Technology Space, a Hartford Hacker and Maker Space.This site will be the best way to get a view of whats going on within the space as it will warehouse all the links, documents, and discussions we have had about the space.

Key resources at this point are the Mailing List, Blog, and Forum.
Eventually I would like to see meetup and class schedules, list of equipment / wishlist, member or project bios and other fun content, but first I suppose we should finish setting up the space.

Hattersworkshop is proud to announce the release of http://www.BundlesAndInk.com/

Category : Web Launches

Hattersworkshop is proud to announce the release of another website, http://www.BundlesAndInk.com/. We worked with BobCopy to create a minimalistic design experience where the emphasis was on the art and not the website. Using a combination of jQuery libraries and smooth css the images are always close at hand and appear in dramatic fashion.

Web Launch of www.MarrIllustrations.com

Category : Around The Office, Web Launches

HatterWorkshop is proud to announce the release of MarrIllustrations.com. We went to school together at University of Hartford and so I’ve known Justin for almost a decade now. His work consistently makes use of extremely vivid color and eye pleasing compositions. He was always a better painter than I was for sure.

His website is pretty simple but very clean, and we’re hoping to put together a redesign soon to make better use of new technology for the gallery. Take a look and check back soon. We’ll be posting some selected work from his new line of custom tee-shirts. Deffietly worth checking out once they are released.


his most recent work is moving him in the direction of custom tee-shirts and other, more commerical, art foms.

Epic Flooring Systems Launched

Category : Around The Office, Web Launches

HattersWorkshop is proud to announce the launch of http://www.epicflooringsystems.com.

They create artistic wall to wall custom floor systems out of an amazing variety of colored glass, percious metals, gems, and other bright and colorful materials. You wanna floor made from tiger’s eye? They got it. No really. They do.

The target market for them includes nightclubs, resorts, hotels, casinos, boutique and high end residences.

 PR: wait…  I: wait…  L: wait…  LD: wait…  I: wait… wait…  C: wait…  SD: wait…

Hattersworkshop is proud to announce the release of http://www.jrenecoffee.com/

Category : Technology, Web Launches


The site features table-less layout and design, seamless flash integration, and matte painting combined with original music from the Val Ramos Flamenco Ensembleto create an immersive experience in a website. I could not be happier with the results.

Technically its very advanced. The flash makes use of swfaddress to allow you to use the back button and deep linking. Both pretty nifty in a flash movie. SEO has been handled with use of swfobject to swap content packed divs with the flash movie. The divs have content and links and should therefore be read by search engines. Simpler than building a whole new site and less complicated than xml.

NOTE: SWFObject has been upgraded to v 2.0. Get that here – along with instructions to update (oi!).

The coffee is delicious. I prefer the Tan and Black, the flavor is outstanding.

HattersWorkshop is pleased to announce the web launch of litchfieldathleticclub.com

Category : Around The Office, Technology, Web Launches


The site features table-less layout and design, seamless flash integration, and a intro blue screen shot movie. The end result, I think, begins to express the devotion to personal service that drives the club. It’s a small town – everybody knows your name – kind of experience. Starting with a humble sign on the street to the amazing personalities inside everything about this club is genuine.

Check it out and if you live in the Litchfield Area, I highly recommend giving it more than a technical overview. Chris and Lester are amazing people to work with.

Hattersworkshop is proud to announce the release of http://www.suzannemichaelcatering.com/

Category : Around The Office, Technology, Web Launches

Hattersworkshop is proud to announce the release of another website, http://www.suzannemichaelcatering.com/. We worked with Molina Group to provide a new face to an old business. Features table-less CSS design and a basic flash intro.

Hattersworkshop is proud to announce the web launch of ShoreViewHotel.com

Category : Around The Office, Web Launches

Hattersworkshop was subcontracted to code the website of Shoreview Hotel by Molina AdGroup. Shoreview is a wonderful cozy hotel on the beautiful Hollywood Beach in Florida. I’ve never actually been there but my client, Molina Adgroup assures me that they are good people. From the photos it looks like the kind of place I could enjoy disappearing to.
Check out the site and if your going to Florida, make a reservation.

New Website Launched

Category : Technology, Web Launches

Id like to announce the launch of FreedomFromAlcohol.com.
This has been a tremendous learning experience for me in managing human resources as well as utilizing with new technology to achieve our goals.

There is still much to do, but like all sites it’s a work in progress.

New Site Layout

Category : Around The Office, Technology, Web Launches

I know this has been coming for so long, but my site can wait much longer than my client’s. So without further adu I am delighted to announce the redesign of Hattersworkshop.com is complete.

Let me know what you think of the White on Grey on Black.
The right aligned nav, the overall look. Etc.

The first comment Ill make myself:

the site still uses tables. What gives?
I know I was saying to myself that this site was going to be void of layout tables, but it just didn’t work out as nice. I design for FF, and then once I had it right Id go to IE and it would look like hell. Fix it for one and break the other. The happy middle? use a table and go to town with divs and id tags on cells. Problem (more or less) solved.