New Beginnings

One of my goals for 2011 was to release a number of creative projects throughout the year.

In the past, where I have fallen short is in the final push to ship. There's something about slogging through that last 5% that is so much less romantic than just starting something new. To help nudge me through this personal project purgatory, I've decided to give myself a deadline for each project. My first project of this year was this site, a proper web home. My deadline was January 31st (hey, that's today!).

Technical Aspects

In planning, this site seemed like a great place to experiment with some of the concepts of responsive design and Luke Wroblewski's idea of designing for mobile first. While I was introduced to the concept of a single adaptive design by Ethan Marcotte's A List Apart article, I was really attracted to the methods used in Yiibu's Rethinking the Mobile Web and Jeremy Keith's tweaking Huffduffer and sought to incorporate these ideas into the site.

To put this into practice, I created two separate stylesheets, one entitled basic.css that would be served to all browsers (both mobile & desktop).

<link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" href="css/basic.css" />

Next, I called a desktop version of the stylesheet using a media query:

<link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" href="css/desktop.css" media="only screen and (min-width: 700px)" />

It would be a done deal, but unfortunately, current versions of Internet Explorer are not able to understand media queries, so I called the desktop.css file again using IE specific tags:

<!--[if lt IE 9]>
    <link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" href="css/desktop.css" />
<![endif]-->

The Design

I'm hoping that this turns into a place where I can feel comfortable writing and sharing projects. Much like good book design, I wanted the design to step out of the way of the content. The typeface I chose is Adobe's Chaparral, served via Typekit with a bit of Helvetica thrown in the mix. I've found myself growing partial to slab serif faces (especially for reading) and Chaparral has long been one of my favorites(though the excellent, FF Tisa was a close contender).

Conclusion

I'm viewing this site as a living, evolving thing and hoping to use it as a playground for improvement. There's still a lot of content missing, but I think it's a solid start. If you have questions, advice, or corrections, please let me know.

Here's to new beginnings!