About this site's lack of design: Yes, it's supposed to look this way — I'm using a sandbox theme for WordPress (see it on GitHub).

Dan Rubin's SuperfluousBanter

Design, random musings, and the Web. Since 1977

Hello, My Name Is…

So you want to know more about me, eh? Well, don’t say I did­n’t warn you…

About Dan Rubin

I’m a graph­ic design­er, web devel­op­er, musi­cian and Apple enthu­si­ast liv­ing and work­ing in Fort Laud­erdale, Flori­da (US). I’m founder and prin­ci­pal of Web­graph (a design and brand­ing stu­dio), co-founder of Side­bar Cre­ative (a design col­lec­tive) and Sine­l­og­ic (UI and usabil­i­ty con­sult­ing) as well as a web stan­dards con­sul­tant and speaker.

In addi­tion to online self-pub­lish­ing, I recent­ly co-authored Pro CSS Tech­niques (Apress, 2006) and Web Stan­dards Cre­ativ­i­ty (friends of ED, 2007), con­tributed to the sec­ond edi­tion of Cas­cad­ing Style Sheets: Sep­a­rat­ing Con­tent from Pre­sen­ta­tion (friends of ED, 2004), and my CSS Zen Gar­den design is fea­tured in The Zen of CSS Design by Dave Shea and Mol­ly Holzschlag.

I also have a great love for music, espe­cial­ly a cap­pel­la — in addi­tion to offer­ing my ser­vices as a vocal coach to male and female a cap­pel­la groups in Flori­da, I spend many of my off-work hours as musi­cal direc­tor of a men’s a cappella/barbershop cho­rus, found­ed and sang Bari­tone for 4 years with Auto­graph, one of the top ranked bar­ber­shop quar­tets in the world (with an award-win­ning CD in 2003) and cur­rent­ly sing Bari­tone (after singing Bass for 2 years) in one of the high­est rank­ing quar­tets world­wide, Rounders (whose debut record­ing won the 2006 Con­tem­po­rary A Cap­pel­la Record­ing Award for both Best Bar­ber­shop Song and Best Bar­ber­shop Album).

If there’s any­thing else you want to know about me, or to inquire about retain­ing my design or con­sult­ing ser­vices, check out my per­son­al por­tal site or drop me a line.

About This Site

superfluousbanter.org was designed and cre­at­ed by Dan Rubin in 2002. Not long after Dan met with Didi­er Hil­horst in late 2003 this web­site became a col­lec­tive blog, both gen­tle­men post­ing about top­ics as diverse as life itself—but always with a focus on design, tech­nol­o­gy and the web. The author­ing reins were then hand­ed back to Dan once again, fol­low­ing the launch of Didier’s per­son­al blog, nun­droo, in July 2004.

Why “SuperfluousBanter”?

Select­ing an inter­est­ing domain name was Dan’s first goal after the idea for the site was born–“SmallTalk” seemed fit­ting, but was already reg­is­tered, and “Super­flu­ous­Ban­ter” had a more orig­i­nal ring to it anyway…