When I first hand-coded my portfolio page it was only the second webpage I made start to finish. The difference that a little more experience working on various website projects is huge. The revamped page with animation and a little more style is a step closer to my original vision (or at least one of the visions) of what a website about myself and my work would be. The revamp is not a total do over, it is mostly about the home page and adding this WordPress based blog. This is mostly because of time: I want to get a nicer home page up sooner than later and I want to get back to the other projects I am working on. In the future I’d like to make some of the image galleries nicer and get rid of the worst chunks of clunky code inherited from the old version, among other things.
Significantly, over the past little while I have found that my attitude toward web design has changed. I find that my worries about learning web design is not that I can’t do things but rather concerns over how much time it will take to learn and do. Moving from “I can’t/avoid” to “urrg, that is going to take hours” is a step up though – to accept that it will take time is part of the learning. Sometimes there are surprises. For instance, learning some code for animations was not that difficult, with a little online reference help of course – figuring out the positioning was more difficult than making them move. Making my WordPress blog header and navigation look and behave close to the html site was an awful mess (at the moment it is very close). Personally I find there are a lot of ups and down with working on web – more than other kinds of creative/design work. In many ways it’s like a game with a lot of complex rules. The exactness of coding language is often very frustrating when things are not working but boy does it feel good when something challenging is figured out.