Behind the Scenes
The first time I designed and built my own website it was a long drawn out, indecisive process. I had just received my design certificate and with no portfolio I was ready to venture out in the the world of freelance design. Not having a strong portfolio I wanted to show everything I could do without my site becoming too cluttered or chaotic. I’d struggle to produce anything I was fully happy with and/or I’d change my mind every two weeks. In the end I went through about 4 different designs before finally being happy enough with one to go live. I was thrilled when my site started to take off and be featured on many of the top design blogs around the web.
Although my original site served me well, it was built 5 years ago in a world where iPads were not even a thing yet. A lot has changed since then and it was time to regroup and produce something more current that better represented the work I was doing today.
To avoid the challenges I had with the first site I set some simple rules;
- Focus on the Work! – Unlike my last site I wanted this site to be a very simple palette to display my work on. The work needed to be the focal point.
- Break the Mold – I felt since grid based responsive sites became all the rage many sites started looking the same. It was important to me to develop an original way to show my work.
- About the Details – Subtlety is the key to this whole site. A supporting player in the design but the details keep it interesting enough to keep your attention.
- Make it personal – this is one thing I wanted to carry over from my first site. I wanted to try and connect with the visitor to the site by not spewing a lot of the same generic bullshit you see in many portfolio sites.