My name is Jessie and I live with my wife and three boys in the Pacific Northwest. I work and volunteer for local non-profits. In my spare time I enjoy home improvement projects, wrenching on my collection of vehicles, strumming the guitar, and tinkering with computers.
defy perception is where my interest in web design and my personal interests intersect. My interest in web design goes back to 1996 when I first got an internet connection. Since then, I've been interested in web design and development and over the years I have worked on a lot of small personal projects and some medium sized projects.
2001-2005: defyperception.net was originally launched on October 23, 2001 as an unofficial Incubus fan site. I had been a fan of Incubus since the release of their 3rd studio album, Make Yourself, and at the time was disappointed in the lack of band news, tour dates, etc. defy perception was inspired by other unofficial fan-created band sites, mainly Green Plastic, a Radiohead fan-site and Weezer.com, technically the band's official website but which operated more like a fan-site. The launch of defy perception coincided with the release of Incubus' 4th studio album, Morning View, also released on October 23, 2001. During its heyday, defy perception featured up-to-date band news, tour dates, album information, song lyrics, photos, guitar tabs, etc. and hosted a small, but active Incubus fan community and message board.
2005-2006: After a few years, aggregrating and reporting Incubus-related news daily/weekly and updating and maintaining a website began to wear on me. A lot was happening in my personal life--wrapping up and graduating from college, part- time internship, full-time job, a girlfriend that I really liked, working on car projects, etc. The website was becoming a chore and no longer fun to maintain.
In March 2006, defy perception became my personal website where I started hosting my own HTML and CSS projects and websites for clients. Around this time, I designed and hosted a handful of websites for locally-owned businesses, people's weddings, and other band fan-sites.
2010-Today: By late 2009, jQuery and API's were gaining in popularity and I figured out enough to re-design and re-launch defy perception with a bunch of dynamic features.
Today: this is the 3rd or 4th (I've lost track) incarnation of my personal website.