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New site design

Current design

Time for a change?

As mentioned in my last post, for some time now I’ve had a new design in mind for this site. It’s current state has been around since around September ’08, so I’m itching for a change. The current design was devised in an attempt to create a stylish, professional looking frame for displaying my work. I was looking to better my career at the time and was determined to have a fully functional online portfolio in a finished state (for the first time since my university project, Design by BlueCow). The gradients were intended to draw the eye toward the content, whilst the grey colour scheme was to allow the coloured images of my work speak the loudest, helping the information hierarchy – and a bit of colour on a grey canvas always looks good and grabs attention.

I was, and am still, quite happy with the way it looks. However I’ve moved on a little since then and feel a change in my personal site is needed to reflect this. I’m determined that at some point in 2010, will undertake a transformation to this:

Future design

Coming to screen near you at some point in 2010

This design has been in the making since July ’09 and has been put on the back-burner for a while, but I’m set on making it happen. Though I’m also re-thinking¬† as well at the moment to make it more user-centric, hopefully to allow my potential clients to get to the information they need, faster. So it might take a while… stay tuned for developments. In the meantime, leave some comments and let me know what you think of the new look! Feedback would be a real help :)

Oh, and Rome: Total War has now got an official release date of February 5th, so I’ll be able to post some of the bits I’ve worked on for that at some point – which will be nice.

I’m off to enjoy the rest of my weekend and finish eating my Domino’s pizza…

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