The sites gone though a fair few changes [you can still see the OG site back on Tumblr in all it’s naive glory [and Animal Crossing posts]], but this recent update is about as close as I’ve been able to get to the site’s original intent – expressing a love for the things I work on and the world I experiance.
In the spirit of constant improvement, this site’s refresh includes a totally new homepage and user flow as well as a much improved experiance on mobile [better optimised – I’m still not completely happy with the formatting of the header elements for mobile]. To be frank, the original site build was really aimed at power users – people with great rigs and even better internet connections, and the site’s intent communicated rich content over an optimised viewing experiance. None of these are deal breakers for me, but I felt that I wanted the site to be not only more welcoming to a large audience, I also wanted users to understand that this was a personal brand portal – rather than just a portfolio page or just a blog page.
Thanks to a couple of coding changes to the core structure of the site, YouTube’s always improving “auto-scale” import features, Google’s excellent Motion Stills App, mobile gif optimising sites that work on almost any device and some improvements to the way the site’s backend handles response layouts, I’ve been able to significantly update the site’s look, feel & general quality.
- 1. Full Width content for the homepage, and all video content in these pages [desktop’s only] exist on stream friendly YouTube, rather than as .webm videos hosted on the site direct. In the past, hosted video content either scaled poorly, or was simply too large for most connections to load the page in a respectable time. Now the background for some pages is entirely rendered by YouTube, so chances are if you see the background with a spinning background – give it a couple of seconds to load the background.
- 2. Concise Homepage. While I’d still prefer a site displays new content above the fold and with as few clicks as possible, I have to concede that the site isn’t just about content – and not all users come to the site for the same reason [/wave to prospective employers, friends abroad, co-workers & my Mom]. This new homepage gives a quick glimpse at a couple of key areas of interest without bombarding them with useless stuff to load on the homepage.
- 3. Just cleaner. The site’s just a lot less cluttered – uses full width better on all layouts. You’ll still be best served in desktop 1200px or wider, but those on tablets in landscape will get nearly the full experiance without any long load times, and mobile portrait users will get a decent, fast loading experiance for the most part.
Fundermentally, the biggest change in 2017 is less about creating massive posts with curated content and more about documenting a life well lived. I promised myself that once I was past the junior tier and junior salaries of my career as a producer, I’d start balancing my life better and experiancing more of the world, using the money I earn to enrich my life. While I’m tempted at all times by semi-pointless consumerism [and sometimes subcum, thanks Sony/Nintendo/Apple/Razer/Ted Baker/Tokyo/Every great coffee and cocktail bar ever/etc], I am traveling more, expanding my horizons often and generally becoming the person I want to be – rather than dreaming and hoping I’ll become someone interesting. And this site is a constant reminder to me about this goal.
Documenting this is important to me, because a lot of people I care about are in different parts of the world – and showing them this life is a key part of my way of communicating with them; and tracking who I am and what I’ve achieved [or not achived].
Thank you again for taking time to visit the site!