The other site Wednesday December 20, 2006, 3 comments

“Why is your professional site so much the same as it was three years ago?” I was recently asked.

To which I answered “Because it was good then, and it’s still good.”

And it is. I am very happy with it. But it’s not the same site. Sure, it looks the same, but its a LOT different. Not just design, but major changes in content, layout, and notably purpose.

The purpose of my professional site is obviously to further my professional life, but its also a reflection of my professional personality online. As such, it is a lot different (and a a lot prettier!) than Rain is. But Rain looks the way it does because that works well for the sort of content it’s meant for. Rain is a place to empty my mind, a dust-bin for thought.

The other site has some enviable attributes that I notice for their absence here. Hanging quotes, a non-standard typeface (if you’re using a Mac, that is). Whitespace. Actual typography, for crying out loud! The more things I list, the worse I feel about the way Rain looks.

There’s a redesign of this site in the works, but I refuse to feel obligated to it. And I refuse to do a super-trendy “undesign” thing to it. Undesign. You know, when people dump their style sheets and redesign their sites in the production environment. I did that with this iteration of the site ages ago. It was fun, but I don’t need to do it again.

This time I’ll do it in one fell swoop this time, and I’ll think through more carefully what I need in terms of design and what’s simply fluff. I bet it won’t feature fancy archive systems or automated color selection techniques that could be construed as the web design equivalent of wanking on guitar.Think Wayne’s World. No Stairway!

But all that’s an aside. If you’re adventurous and want to look at my professional site, it’s linked to in the sidebar of this site.

If you’re lazy like me, it’s here.


Comments

jules Thursday December 21, 2006


(omg, you worked for golden triange, i worked for sentex… meet you behind the gym after school).

-jules

Adrian Thursday December 21, 2006


ROTF Jules, you make me laugh!

chris Thursday December 21, 2006


GET A JOB! YA BUM!
~c

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