I’m in the process of redesigning this site and it’s interesting to see how much the site has already changed. Each site of mine starts from layout sketches in my notebook before I begin designing the graphics or coding. This is often the easiest but also the most important step in designing a site. With the sites goals in mind there are a number of good layout options to choose from. I haven’t had to use a computer yet and the site has already been through a number of revisions.
For the new design I want to keep the main focus of the site on the blog but I also want to include some examples of my work somewhere on the homepage. You may not know this but this site is still my portfolio. Even though I don’t do a good job updating it or showing it off I want to get some good jobs this summer so I guess I need to more obviously let people know that I’m a web designer too.
The early layout sketches have evolved into a better design that I hope will meet my goals for the site. I’ll post some of my sketches later when I talk about how to make the notebook sketches come alive using some simple CSS and web standards.