5… 4… 3… 2… 1… Launch. My new site is up and running, and a journey to get it here was long and thorny, but it’s here at last. This is a little story about that.
In the beginning there was
Oh yeah and the thought: “Man you’ve been doing this for a quite a while, made a dozens of sites for others, and you deserve one that is about you!?”. Ok so I want a site, but who is it made for, what to present. The answer came much later from a colleague; it should be just about me, as a designer, person and individual.
It started with an empty sheet of paper, sketching and wireframing, outlining what will become this site. It then continued with an empty Photoshop canvas that I filled with basic layouts, experimenting with colors, logos, fonts and couple of “final” designs.
At this time I was already thinking of implementations and CMS I’ll use, how could I make a theme, features I want, modules I might need…. and in the middle of design I started…
Some people do just design, other just code… I do both. Although I was never so interested to learn programming in-depth I love experimenting, messing with and modifying others code. For this occasion I first decided that I would go with WordPress which I grown familiar with after making couple of themes for mySkin Blog that I also maintain. WordPress simple yet powerful, provided with beautiful streamlined interface, simple understandable code but at the time I started coding it was not easy displaying custom posts the way I wanted, at least I didn’t know how.
I decided to leave it before I spend too much time coding something that might not work at all and I turned to Drupal. I’ve experimented with Drupal 6 and though it was an ugly duckling I knew it was an unbiased CMS a framework that was open to whatever designer had in mind. Learning curve IS steep, but well worth it… at the end I didn’t create Facebook, but I’m mostly pleased of what I’ve achieved.
Two way street
Design is a process, it’s not one way… you make things, implement, go back, re-design… until it’s quite all right. But there is no end to that story it’s never perfect, and there is always room for improvement… so this is merely a beginning of the road.
Hope you’ll enjoy the site and find it useful.