Over a Year of Sporadicity
A couple months ago, as an early birthday present to myself (and a partial whim), I registered one of the most professional domain names I have ever owned. I was in the middle of one of the longest design blocks I ever had since tinkering with websites, which in hindsight could have been the most significant block to date. Unsurprisingly, it took me several months to get this domain started.
Domain Launch Design: Paradise
The first design for this website is called “Paradise”. The complete name of the theme is actually “Indonesian Paradise”, but the folder it’s stored in is just the latter word. For previous domains, it would be a personal standard operation procedure to have layouts completely prepared and ready for uploading by the time the domain propogated into the server. The previous domain was registered with very slight inspirations swimming around, with nothing really established. This is the first domain whereby I had literally nothing in mind for the concept of the website’s first design or general aesthetic identity. I was consumed in work and various other obligations, and in the back of my mind, I feared that my online purchase would be in vain.
It was through working on an entirely different project when a single stock image would trigger the design process of the first design. The image was that of a landscape with fog resting in the middle of the the hills, trees, and the body of water featured in it, and the colours gave it the typical quality of a fantasy painting. It was almost as though what was missing from the image were grazing unicorns, and perhaps a princess or a life-sized fairy with multi-coloured wings. I wanted to emulate that scenery into a context that familiar to me, and after flipping through a mental rolodex of landscapes I have seen throughout my years, I narrowed it down to the two places I have stayed for a significant portion of my life. Things started to come together to form a surreal-like design that had elements of my chosen subjects of Indonesia and Singapore — an “Indo-porean” layout, if you will. It was well into the start of the design process where I remembered one of the posters made for the Indonesian film “Laskar Pelangi” (Translation: “Rainbow Army”). That direction made me tweak the layout to make it exclusively Indonesian-related. No hard feelings, Singapore.
The elements featured in this layout are particularised to the island of Bali. I was going to expound to graphically represent the religious diversity of the country by including Borobudur, Istiqlal Mosque, and Jakarta Cathedral, but decided against it in the name of keeping the design simpler. Perhaps I will do a design that gravitates to that particular direction in the future.
An additional thing to note would be the quote on the footer area, which is credited to German author and poet Christian Morgenstern.
So, I Guess I’m Back!
There will be a lot of live tweaking, and beta testing over the next few days. All the images are huge and still need to be compressed. The Tumblr design is still not implemented yet. This design has been tested on a Mac environment, using Opera 9.64, Firefox 3.5.2, and Safari 4.0.3; it has not yet been tested on a Windows environment or on Internet Explorer 6 to 8 or Google Chrome. However, if you happen upon any errors or notice anything that should be brought to my attention, let me know and I will get them squared away as soon as possible.