I recently undertook the challenge of re-branding myself and redesigning my website. This was not a challenge I undertook lightly. I built many websites over the course of the last two years, for a wide variety of clients. I saw many pitfalls I wanted to avoid, and knew what my “style” was going to be. My website over the years has never been something I’ve been really proud to call my own. I feel like the new version of my site is finally something that represents who I am, and the work I am capable of accomplishing.
My goals for my new site were to move away from the dark colors, that had always been ubiquitous to my sites. I knew I wanted to create art directed blog posts, and I wanted the main portion of my site to highlight who I am, and the work that I’m doing. I also wanted to be able to use my website and blog as a place to experiment, and use bleeding edge techniques.
I started the process thinking I wanted to try a new CMS and began experimenting with Kirby I had a site built out and ready to begin populating with content. But something about the the whole thing seemed like I was putting my site in a box, and saying “Stay within this box, or else!” I gave up on that, and decided I would like to try using WordPress again, after all its first and foremost a blogging platform. I tried a very rought version of the site and realzied that without adding a good deal of pageweight, I was never going to get the fine level of control I wanted over each post.
I’m hoping the next year brings many new things, and lots of great experiences to share!