And I'm back
Maybe I care more about my projects than myself. Finally, after two years I'm getting a personal/professional website back online. One of the reasons it got delayed it was because I insisted on using Artise to build it, and well, Artise wasn't released until a month ago.
But it was time to have a space on the web again. I do everything on the web, and all my projects are related to the web. Would you buy fishes from a fisherman who doesn't eat fish?
While I will be using this space to talk about how much I hate or love some interfaces, among other stuff too, why not, this entry will be dedicated to the history of my own websites.
The first ArtPulse site
Woha! You interested now? The first ArtPulse website was launched on *RandomMonth* 2006. That's right. I was trying to find my own style, and I was obviously failing, but it was fair enough. Hey, at least I tried doing other than boxes and plain colors!
The site was meant to get me hired, not make friends, so the site had sections like "Portfolio", "How Do I Work" and such. But was mainly a playground on which I could experiment and learn more on web design. You are your worst customer, because you are never going to like the results. You also go fat and bald as you grow older kids! True story! Wait, me? No, I'm not there yet, I look awesome (I couldn't even start writing that without laughing).
The pizza era
I figured I was being too boring talking about design all the time, so on beginnings of 2007 I decided to talk about something else. Something random. That's when all this happened. Not just on my site: my resume had a pizza front page too. You have never sent a resume with a great pizza shot on the front? Do it! Everyone loves pizza. Not everyone loves you...!
While my portfolio wasn't the largest, it was presented neatly. Evidence on the ground, with police lights, spotlights and everything else too. Yes, it was Flash. There was a time HTML5 wasn't out there, you know?
And of course, a fine artwork of a picture of me, without revealing myself, because... I'm misterious... and I looked bad on that picture, but I liked everything else on it so I worked around it.
The seamless ArtPulse site
Oh, good times. Whenever I broke free from the bars and blocks. I decided stuff maybe shouldn't be boxed, and be free like in a magazine. It's still hard for me to define that nowadays, specially because I keep working on my experimental Object Orientated Design (OOD, yeah I'm trying to make it a thing), and if you are free and flowing, where do you belong to?
Ah, too much design theory that I made up. But it doesn't matter now, because this is the seamless world, were everything is free. I started out with a rather unusual version of the 2.0 cloud, which I really hate, but not this one. Of course, this is not something you can make on CSS so it builds up on it's own. It needs a human behind, that's why you don't see that on "2.0" sites.
The "How Do I" section was there on all versions, just that this was the first time it was barely acceptable, enough for a human being to see it without bleeding internally. So... here it is!
By then my portfolio had not grown that much more. So they became known to me as "Dusty Records"! The jobs I got back then did not let me get creative enough to be proud and expose them on my site. So I kind of got stuck with the few sites I made, mostly own projects.
Oh, and the About Me section got updated too. It looks more... seamless!
There should be text below that, but it was not on the Photoshop file, so... you don't get to read it. Too bad!
The missing website
Oh yes, there is a hidden bonus track in this story before we move on. There was a site I designed on 2008, but never finished building. It was a fully flash site, with music playing on the background and a beautiful music visualization on the background and interface. It was working pretty well, but I decided that Flash was not the answer. Look at that, three years ago I was already smarter than Adobe!
The site was pretty dark, and the music with the visualization did most of the work, so there was no much coloring "by default". That was added later on, dynamically. While the idea was great, I threw it away. I started to believe HTML was the way, and not Flash. More limited, yes, but official.
The last commercial ArtPulse site
On 2009 my style was more refined. This was the best site of all, and also the last of the "commercial" series. I mean this because my site is not about getting hired anymore, but sharing my thoughts, my experience, and why not introducing myself to the world too. Things change. And change for good.
The under construction, "vapor" mode.
Vaporware is software that is announced to certain release date, and gets delayed over and over. It's a term we use (Google "Duke Nukem Forever vaporware" for more information and best examples). So my site was on vapor stage. During all 2010 and 2011 until now, October, a under construction sign with a Mighty Mouse drawn on it was on the front page saying I was working on it, or rather, I had intentions to turn that site into more.
The design now looks a bit outdated to what I'm working on right now, but it's okay. I worked on it a little, and built the Articles support, and here we are! Whenever I feel like it, I will upgrade this design. Again, I care more about my projects. I care about Pixelsize. But you should never forget to take care of yourself once in a while. Because after all, the one thing you are stuck with forever in life, it's you.