About BrainFuel

BrainFuel is a design blog written by a group of web designers from Phoenix, AZ. We’ve been posting about design topics since we launched this blog on January 25, 2001.

Authors:

Chris Tingom
Chris is the founder and designer at Tornado Design. He is interested in user interface design, coffee, and the web. That includes startups. Most of the posts on this site are by him.

Tom Chapin
Tom is interested in both design and programming, with a focus in PHP and Ruby on Rails.

Kent Downer
Kent is a web designer / developer and former barista. He lives with his wife and two children in Phoenix, AZ.

Don Fitzsimmons
Don is a .NET developer in Phoenix, AZ with an interest in politics, law, and more.

Joey Robert Parks
Joey is a freelance wordsmith in Phoenix, AZ. He writes and interviews designers for profiles on BrainFuel.

Andrew Smith
Andrew Smith is both an enigma and a mystery. Actually, scratch that. He really isn’t. He’s a Hyper-dimensional mushroom with superpowers.

Ben Wood
Ben is an interactive web designer and developer. Ben has been developing web sites since 1996. He grew up in Kalispell, Montana. Ben originally named this blog and created the first version of it with Movable Type and then Blogger.com.

Jeff Schinella
Jeff is an an interactive designer living in the Phoenix area. Originally from New York, Jeff now lives and in Phoenix, AZ.

Brian Shaler
A web developer, mostly Flash. Based in Phoenix, Arizona.

Milestones:

January 25, 2001: This site launches with the name “cool sites.”

April 15, 2002: We registered brainfuel.tv domain name and moved to WordPress, away from Moveable Type.

July 15, 2005: BrainFuel joins the 9rules network (reference) and launches a new “green theme.”

October 21, 2009: We relaunched a new design and a new monthly feature… interviews with designers.