New Theme: My Profession
More than half a year after I launched this domain (and sadly, made only nine posts), this is the first re-design. I decided to resurrect one of the many themes I started and failed to complete during the one year I had a severe bout of design block and over-perfectionism. The previous design never really seemed “finished” to me, and this design achieved in being able to fill in the gaps from the last that were apparent to me and perhaps some other visitors. Aptly called “My Profession”, this theme is inspired by what is currently my biggest focus: growing as a designer in this ever-changing and increasingly competitive industry.
Being an interior designer by profession, I scattered the appropriate design elements of graph paper, architectural lineweights, colour swatches, furniture photos, fabric snippets, Post-It™ notes, and Copic™ markers. All design elements are strategically scattered to show the puzzle-like process in portraying an idea in a slightly more universalised type of organisation that it becomes understood beyond the bounds of the creative industry. Otherwise understood by all industries: from chaotic to systematic, from general to specific.
Structural Upgrades & Changes
- Portfolio Update: The portfolio has been updated with new work, and the overall structure of way the work is displayed has changed. I have also taken down some old work, due to the inability to re-hash the portfolio samples to adhere to the new portfolio structure. A lot of my older work is scattered in various computers, and I have yet to compile and collate them accordingly. It is very unlikely that they’ll be taken down permanently; if I find them, they will be re-displayed. Also, there are still a large handful of much newer work that is waiting to be displayed on the portfolio page. I just have wait for permission from the clients.
- Re-written “About” Section – Now, with A Photo: I re-wrote the “About” section a little bit, and now it finally sports a profile picture. Mind you, it’s a pretty old photo, and those who read this and have been out with me know that it’s evident through the fact that I no longer part my hair in the middle.
- Re-categorised Archives: The previous incarnation of this domain allowed the visitor to scan the jotter archives by post title, month, and category. The option to view by topic is now available and a tag cloud has been added.
- Lurker Candy: For those who aren’t inclined to leaving a comment, I added an “emo vote” on the bottom of each post. The function to email various posts or submit it to various social networking websites has also been made available.
This list should expand as I iron out the finer details of this design over the course of the week.
So far, this design appears decent on a Mac environment, through the Safari 4.0.4, Firefox 3.6.2, Google Chrome, and Flock 2.5.5 browsers. It has not yet been tested on a Windows environment, and I highly doubt I’ll be giving Internet Explorer 6 the time of day for this design. Expect some live tweaking over the next several days. There are a handful of apparent missing elements in the design and the back-end structure, such as the overall validation of the website’s code, moving this design over to the Tumblr, changing the favicon, adding a list of social networking websites I am currently a member, and customising a sidebar of sorts for the jotter.
Of course, visitor input is always appreciated, so if any of you happen upon any errors or have some suggestions on how to improve this website and/or design, kindly notify me and I’ll attend to them as soon as I can. Enjoy the domain’s new costume!