chapter 16 blog
I'm sure you guys have been wondering for awhile where the portfolio site has ended up, why the links to it vanished, and when it's going to be back. I finally have some annoyingly vague answers for anyone who is actually wondering that.
Setting up the new portfolio site has been something that has been problematic, to say the least. The main issue I was having with it is that I wanted it to do too many things. I wanted it to have the clean, concise feel of a business site while also having the casual feel of a more relaxed commission site. I wanted it to show off all the different sorts of things I do while promoting only my best work. I wanted it to be visually appealing, focused, versatile, and serve as an easy to navigate master source of all my work while still being something I could link to potential employers.
None of that is practical.
I finally came up with a solution, and it's flawed, but that's no less than I would expect from a compromise of so many different ideas. The result is as close as I could get to a nice middle ground for all the things I wanted it to do. That's made it a little bit more cluttered than would be ideal, but it has lots of variety, all the information I could want, and the only things omitted are things that I would want employers to know that could be included in my cover letter.
The layout is done, I'm pleased with the aesthetic quality, and despite the clutter (which I've deemed a necessary evil for the time being) I've gotten mostly positive feedback from my testers. The layout is finished and ready to go.
Now I just need to fill in all that information. Between the gargantuan size of the site and the slow-loading nature of my netbook, this is proving to be a much larger undertaking than I have anticipated. I assure you that I'm going to be sticking with it though, and you can expect some word on how it's going shortly.
Until then, all the best, and thank you for sticking this out with me.