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My New Website is My Web Manifesto

June 4th, 2022

I’ve been making stuff on the web for over 20 years. I’m a better designer for it, and it helps me work closely with engineers.

This past weekend I launched the new design for my own website. It demonstrates my attitudes to the web, design, and personal expression online.

Here's what I wanted it to be:

At home on the web

With this project I’ve refreshed my memory and tried new things, like Jekyll, grid, flexbox, and CSS animations.

Jekyll let me make my website all the things a website should be:

I also plan to add progressive loading images, better link unfurling, and to further improve accessibility.

Designed for the medium

Human, and a bit odd

I’ve found, after reviewing lots of designers’ portfolios for hiring, we often come across as cold and practical. I think our pals in engineering are better at owning their passions and quirks. So, finally, I want my site to be more than a portfolio, to feel human, and a bit odd.

I’ve tried to make my personality show through, and I erred on the side of showing more than is comfortable. As Neil Gaiman said:

The moment that you feel that, just possibly, you’re walking down the street naked, exposing too much of your heart and your mind and what exists on the inside, showing too much of yourself. That’s the moment you may be starting to get it right.

In closing

I hope you’ll agree I did what I set out to do.

All the code is available in the GitHub repo, and I’m still working on it, so if you spot anything janky please let me know. See About and CV for social links, or email me.

My thanks to lots of friends for proofreading and troubleshooting, and thank you for reading!