Update your bookmarks
23 July 2004
OK, so I lied.
When I told you at that WSG meeting that my new site would be up in a couple of days? A fib.
But now, it's live.
Personal sites always have the habit of running 500% over time because there's no budget – only sleep hours – and there's no feature limit – just your overactive imagination. And so it was with my portfolio site. I set out to make something different. Something that didn't have two columns, a header, and a footer. I feel like I've achieved that, but I'll only know once I open it to the world.
Portfolio sites in general are strange creatures. They sit outside the Internet, looking down at other sites and saying "I created you". Therefore, I felt I could take a little licence in the design of mine. As with all design portfolios it relies on its graphic content, so I let the pictures do the talking, relegating words to a small section. This also meant I could use strictly defined areas where the fluidity of text would normally predicate amorphous zones of elastic information. And I just love the compact sleekness of horizontal layouts, so here was my chance to have one.
It still, however, retains its usability and accessibility – strict Standards-compliant code, semantic mark-up, page zoomability – but that's not what it's about. I took my own advice.
I'll do a full technical write-up of the ins and outs in the next few days, but for the meantime, take a look around and change your bookmarks. (The weblog will now be accessible from http://www.themaninblue.com/writing/ and will be undergoing some changes in the next couple of weeks)
The portfolio site has been tested in Windows IE 5+, Firefox 0.8, Opera 7.5 and Safari. Support for Mac IE 5 is planned but not terribly urgent.
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