HubSpot Design Certification

I am happy to announce that I am officially HubSpot Design certified! A lot of my projects in the past couple months have been based in HubSpot. These include the projects I have worked on at Spin Group. The design certification is for building templates that customers and clients can use. I will be storing this certificate on the “career-portfolio” section of my website here.

The process of getting this cert was challenging but straightforward. I had a client who needed one of their insurance pages created. On HubSpot, I had to create a “template,” a reusable page format that a client can build webpages with. This template contained a lot of what the design certification required: A navigation panel, photos, and some of the other standard ingredients. However, I needed to add several features that I was not as familiar with. These included a photo that disappeared on mobile view. I had to use a media query in order to accomplish this. I also had to create a collapsing menu that turns into a “hamburger” style menu on mobile view. HubSpot provided a tutorial in order to do this, but it was still challenging and involved some tinkering with the CSS and JavaScript template files.

There were actually 12 requirements which can be viewed here. They include including a custom CSS stylesheet, including a global module, and several other requirements that emphasized best practice on HubSpot’s Template Builder.

Hubspot design certification

Overall this was a great growth experience and challenged me to push myself a little deeper into web developer land. There were several challenging aspects of the project which included creating a fully responsive navigation menu and using media queries. The website itself is just okay in my opinion but any website will do when submitting. Please reach out to myself or Spin Group if you desire a custom HubSpot web template!

Client Lead Gen Survey

Check out some new content. This blog was done for Mainly, this topic concerns building a custom survey. For the reader, this post gives a look into how the SurveyJS open-source library works. I did a lot of grunt work for this project, and only some brain work. However, I know this: SurveyJS is an excellent tool for those looking to embed custom surveys or lead-generation forms into their websites. Anyways, read!

Snippet of client lead gen survey blog

First 3rd Party Blog Published!

“The Mysterious Hum”

Susan Schirott at Thunderbolts Project has just published my first blog! Do not mistake this for the third first-party blog published.

So, I’m excited to be working for T-bolts — they produce a lot of great content.

This article covers a phenomena called “The Hum.” This was a required topic which I thought was interesting. I did not come up with this idea myself but was very happy to get my foot in the door with this blog.

The Mysterious Hum

Finally, read the article!

Second Website Launched!! Seeking Further Employment!!

Three, two, one…PSHSHSSSSSHHSHSH!!!

Okay. It’s actually already in orbit so that sound was a while ago.

Anyhow, I am happy to announce that the first website I co-created has been launched. has partnered with Spin Group Milwaukee to produce a new website for our client. This website was also co-created with The Weaponry. It can be viewed here. Edit 3/9/18: Sorry! I am not allowed to disclose the client’s name.


If you are interested in hiring Jim, owner of, please send an email to

Current skillsets includes:

-HTML5, CSS (bootstrap), Javascript,

-HubSpot Integrated Marketing Tools

-Copy editing, verbiage modification

-Search Engine Optimization survey generation

-Fully Responsive Design (mobile friendly)

-Custom Template Design

Hired for first gig! Volunteering at

Happy to announce that I am working at a local Web Development/tech consulting company called Spin Group in Milwaukee, WI. I will be building/adding content through template-based online editors as well as doing some JavaScript magic. I was referred to this company by my wonderful sister Jessica who runs her marketing business at


I also started volunteering at a 501(c)3 non-profit that specializes in research in electric universe theory. The non-profit is called The Thunderbolts Project. I will post a link to my work if and when it’s published. In the mean time, I highly recommend one of their documentaries. Truly it doesn’t get much nerdier than this but the more I research electric universe theory the better it explains universal cosmic phenomena like black holes, neutron stars, etc. It also helps root some of the universal symbols in human culture in a more understandable way. The project doesn’t just dabble in the ultra-geeky spacy stuff, but there is a fair amount of mythology, anthropology mixed in as well which makes the videos palatable for guys like me, and hopefully you as well! Go on, watch, you know you want to.

The Best Alternatives to Google, Google Maps

Search engines. We need them, we use them everyday. I do not use Google search, or at least I avoid it as much as possible. Why? I do not like the idea of all my searches being logged and used to target advertising at me. Furthermore, Google and YouTube force users to make accounts in order to make comments and use some of their services. However, I don’t want my searches to be tied to a username. I do not want this because I am providing free information about myself to them without much choice. They can in turn sell this collected digital information or use it to target products to me, which I am not a big fan of. The bottom line is that I do not trust Google with my information. But, is there an alternative to this? After all, Google is really a powerhouse when it comes to information services.

Yes, there is. I have found DuckDuckGo to be the best alternative to Google Search.


DuckDuckGo promises to not track or log user information. I have found it to be a transparent and effective alternative to Google. The searches are very good and I almost never use Google search anymore. Occasionally I will need to Google something but DDG does a very good job of web-searching.

But, what about Google Maps? This one is a little trickier. For starters, there aren’t many companies with the shear power to take a picture of just about every street in the US like Google Street View. Google Street View can actually be very handy when you need to see a real photo of a destination that you may have never been to.

Is there a good alternative to Google Maps? You know, something that will work on Android, online, and iOS? I think OpenStreetMaps is probably the top contender.

OpenStreeMap’s Logo

Yes, OpenStreetMap can provide turn-by-turn GPS directions just like Google Maps can. It is also available online. The even cooler part is that it is a open/collaborative project, meaning any user is free to edit it. This is similar to how Wikipedia functions. The downside is that some addresses are not in the database yet. Frequently I have found that my home addresses are not there. This can functionally be worked around in GPS directions because the street I’m on is always on the map, meaning I can always just navigate from the street I’m on to the destination. But it is not as polished as Google Maps yet.

The fact that my home addresses are not there yet is not that surprising because, as a collaborative project, people would have to manually input every home…a tremendous undertaking! The fun part is you can edit the map and literally “put yourself on the map!”

The Android OpenStreetMap app is pretty solid in my opinion. It also allows users to download maps for offline use, perfect for rural areas which may not have the best cellular service when you need the maps most! Cause let’s face it, maps are way more fun when you’re hopelessly lost, right?

Overall, I recommend trying both of these applications/services because they are great alternatives to Google and will not target you for advertisements and they have better privacy policies.