The design of this site, although it may not appear as such, has probably over 200 combined hours of time wrapped up in it. It started as a mock up drawn in photoshop by my close friend Jin, and the rest was left to me. The goal was simple. I wanted to create something fairly minimal, while still having room for lots of extraneous content, and I wanted it to be very unlike anything other blog I had seen.
As I have been working on my new design, I have realized something: Doing web development sucks. Flat out, sucks. I have deep compassion for those of you who actually decided to do this for a living. As much of a perfectionist as I am, I could not do this job on a daily basis. I closed the doors of my web design business years ago for this reason, and this reason alone. If you thought dealing with your own tastes and perfectionist ways was difficult, try dealing with someone else’s. Most people who design sites, who are not professionals, design it to look nice in whatever browser they are using at the time, with whatever settings they have turned on or off, at the time (see MySpace). This is a perfect example of the old saying ignorance is bliss. If I could develop websites all day to work on a […]
I recently decided to redesign this blog. (At the time of this posting, you can obviously see that it is not finished yet as the design of this site has not changed.) I am a self-proclaimed PHP expert, I know CSS and HTML pretty well, and I dabble in Photoshop. One thing I lack though, is creative vision. I am by no means a designer. I know the code and the tools, but I am not artistic. Give me a mockup to work with, and I can code it, but beyond that I’m pretty useless. The initial re-design of the blog, which I spent about 30 man-hours on, came out looking very generic: Header, content, widget column. I really wanted something unique, and bold. Something not too overbearing but still very easy to use. I was unable to come up with anything myself. The first redesign was basically centered around […]
I recently read an article where the author was attempting to analyze the question, “What is Truth?” and then draw a comparison to truth in design, specifically web design. While I think art and design have nothing to do with truth, much less web design having anything to do with truth, I have decided to tackle a similar comparison. The difference is, I will draw conclusions which I hope will display just how different the two subjects are. “What is truth?” Pontius Pilate asked this question almost 2000 years ago. At the time, he had no inkling of the infamy which was to follow these words through the millennia. He asked the question as a jaded cynic—he had no interest in knowing the truth. In fact, his question is of a rhetorical nature, implying simply that there is no truth. And yet, in asking this question he hit the very crux of the […]