The Great Design Experiment

As you may have noticed, my portfolio got a facelift! It’s been a long time coming. I created the actual design mockups last February, in the midst of a creative brainstorming quest at my neighborhood coffee shop (it helped that the internet was shaky and therefore I kept on task). I created a beta website, and began re-mobilizing the custom portfolio I had built in 2011.

I had several goals in my redesign.

  • Create a responsive design that not only adjusted to different sizes, but looked good in the process.
  • Refresh the homepage from “I’m a recent college graduate” to “I’m a working web professional.”
  • Re-design the custom post type I built for my portfolio pieces, re-imagining the purpose and the display.
  • Make an overall more aesthetically pleasing color palette and design.

I was very happy when I launched my site in September 2011 and had fantastic feedback. However, it was important to me to rejuvenate what was built to make the site work for 2013 standards.

I spent a lot of time researching web design professionals and their portfolios. I dug deep into the pages, looking at the overall concepts as well as the tools they used to build it. In the end, I stuck with WordPress and chose to adapt HTML5 Boilerplate and the 1140px Grid to make my site responsive. I spent a lot of time thinking about how the content would layout, what sort of white space I was interested in using, and how images would be displayed.

It’s been about three weeks since the new site went live. There are still a few kinks here and there, a few images that need to be re-adjusted. But I feel so much better when I share my website. It feels great to say, “Hey. I built this. I made this happen.” And isn’t that what it’s all about?

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