My name is Thomas Dunlap, and I'm a designer and HCDE masters student living in Seattle, WA. I Had 10 Dollars started as a joke I made on Twitter about the domain ihadtendollars.com being the most descriptive name for most of the sites I'd make. As soon as I posted the tweet, I registered ihadtendollars.com despite the fact that I had no idea what I'd do with it. It sat gathering dust for over a year before I figured out that I wanted to use it to show off side projects that my friends and other awesome people were making.
I love weird art projects and single serving sites. I also love niche communities and projects designed to scratch their creator's own peculiar itch. I'm not exactly sure what this site will be yet, but I know I want it to be a place where a small in joke can have a home next to a relatively big project that could make a go at being a full time gig for a crafty developer.
I think it might be helpful to see what it looks like when someone is testing an hypothesis, or just making an excuse to learn a new tool. Some of these projects will be done by incredibly talented people working at huge companies while others will be done by hobbyists who are just getting started, and I think there might be something positive about putting their work side by side too. If nothing else, the web is a delightful place full of whimsy, and I'd like to shine a light on that.