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Website Update and Redesign

Completed in fall 2013, my website was long over due for an update. The navigation was confusing and a lot of the design elements and graphics were hard for me to look at. My goal is to ultimately convert the website to WordPress and PHP, which I plan to start when I’m done my undergrad on April 21st.

I made many, many questionable decisions regarding the design prior to this recent update. The site slowly became like an old friend that I never really wanted to run into, so I avoided it almost entirely and have definitely learned to never do that again. Here are some of the best questionable decisions I made:

#1: My logo

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Really unsure what I was thinking with the unrealistic 3D text, but it reminds of

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And how about the colored, uneven )))? Was I trying to find wifi? One may never know

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Thus, a new logo was born

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#2: Hovers on the contact page

Still trying to find wifi

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Now, a little simpler:

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#3: Hovers on the home page

CMYK with 100% Y and halftones? yes really what have you done

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Again, simpler:

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#4: Profile (about me) page

Who would ever care that I’m 21 “yrs young” and a student? no one

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So I added an actual picture of myself and wrote a few short paragraphs. Of all the pages, this was definitely the hardest one to complete. I find it really difficult to write about myself and avoided it by describing myself with this terribly embarrassing Pantone graphics. Coincidentally, the about me page is usually the most visited page on any personal portfolio website. I think it’s improved a bit now, and I hope it gives a better image of who I am now as well as what my goals are.

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#5: Web design page

I had this graphic that linked to the first website I made with two of my peers two years ago. The project to create this website was how I learned web design, so it was my pride and joy. There were even little aliens that animated across the home screen before entering the site, a truly astounding use of jQuery. Better yet, a song that compiled all the Disney theme songs into one played on loop automatically on the About page (tbh I still like that song). Completely necessary, right? And I’m not sure if you can see, but the bullet points used in the unordered list in the screenshot below are ying-yangs. I guess we were channeling our inner ’90s selves. Thankfully this site has been taken off the Internet, but don’t worry, I still have the files for safe keeping.

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#5: Color scheme

Old:

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Basically the same as this:

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New:

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