02 September 201051
New Portfolio and Brand New Blog
So after just over three years of building websites I finally have my own blog! I know I’m late to the party but I’m really excited about having a place where I can share my thoughts and ideas on all things design with you. I’ve also updated and seriously streamlined my portfolio.
When it comes to designing one’s personal site there are a lot of options. For once you can do what you want, take risks and try new things. The only problem is the lack of restrictions can easily (and did) make the whole process a nightmare! So many options makes choosing a direction almost impossible. I first eluded to the fact I wanted to redesign my personal site in a talk I gave back in 2008. It’s now heading towards the end of 2010 – that’s how long it’s taken me to make those decisions!
My first thoughts were to use the opportunity to create a site that was crazy and fun. I wanted to design a site that somehow reflected my personality. I produced a ton of rough photoshop comps to try and flesh out an aesthetic direction for my site. I had this idea that I could base my designs around the human anatomy and relate parts of the body to design… or something. To be honest I wasn’t really sure what I was doing! However, I did end up using a variation of this concept when I designed the Carsonified company website.
Below are a few of the rough Photoshop comps I first put together for the design of this site. They never came to anything but it’s fun looking back at them.
Keeping it simple
In the end I came a full circle and realised I just wanted a platform to speak from and a place to show people my work. I’ve really stripped things back for this design. Most of my work is normally heavily styled or illustrative, so I figured what I needed was a simple, clean design for my work and words to shine from.
For my portfolio I’ve really cut down on the amount of work I’m showing. I don’t think people need to see everything I’ve ever done in order to get a grasp of what I do. I’ve also kept it to one page. So you press ‘Portfolio’ and that’s it, it’s all there, no need for clicking back and forth through countless menus.
The funny thing is, everyone kept saying to me that your personal site is the perfect opportunity to go a bit crazy, do new things and express yourself. I think this is true in a lot of cases but for me it turned out to be the perfect place not to.