If you’re reading this post, you’re viewing my long-awaited and long-delayed website redesign. Yes, it’s taken the web equivalent of the universe’s age to complete, but I’ve learned a tremendous amount about web design and development since my last site overhaul, and I’m excited to share it with you.
I finished my previous complete redesign in mid-2009 at a time when 11 point type was the norm and you needed Flash replacement hacks to use your preferred type family. I barely knew jQuery, didn’t know WordPress, and still used Flash to achieve alpha opacity transitions for images. Responsive web design wasn’t a part of my arsenal, and I had never coded an email template.
It’s remarkable to see how dramatically web design has changed over the past three years. Large typography, responsive designs, no need for Flash! It’s stunning to see these design and technology advancements; it’s thrilling to be a part of it. Below you’ll find what’s changed with this new design.
The site is built on WordPress using the Starkers theme as a starting point. I use Less to write my styles (which is something I should have done a long time ago! It’s amazing.), and thanks to CodeKit I can compile it without having to fuss around with Terminal. I’ve also introduced responsive web design for an experience tailored to whatever device you browse with. Typekit serves up CamingoDos Web, and Symbolset serves up the font icons that you see throughout.
I’ve significantly reduced my portfolio, launching with only three projects and removing photography altogether. I originally fretted only having three projects at launch, but I’ve been told on every interview I’ve ever been on to only show your best work, so that’s my best work at the moment. I might reintroduce some of my photography in blog posts, but I don’t have any plans to make it a centerpiece of my portfolios as with the last site version.
My last site had a short-lived blog, but I’ve committed myself to writing more actively. I’ve developed a lot of thoughts over the past three years, and I’d love to hear your feedback on them. Look out for more active and thoughtful blog posts.
That’s about it. Welcome to my new site.