It was a much needed facelift. I liked the functionality of my previous blog home page and I liked the way it was implemented (mostly using JQuery plugins), but the design felt too cluttered and was just … well… ugly. Mostly it felt like too much of a “blog home page” and what I really wanted was a “me” home page – separate from my blog. Within a week or two after posting the previous redesign I had grown to hate it. In the meantime I stumbled upon a couple of flavors.me home pages and immediately loved the big type, huge background images and simplistic design. I was inspired.
I found some big beautiful landscape images on Flickr that were licensed Creative Commons that were perfect for the background images I envisioned. There are currently four different backgrounds displayed randomly. As the seasons change I’m sure I’ll find new ones to swap in and out.
Additionally, I had much fun learning new CSS techniques for rounded corners, full-page background images, and dabbling in HTML 5.
Note: Since building my home page I’ve discovered another site, about.me, that offers a similar service as flavors.me. Both services seem very similar, starting free with different levels of extras offered for paid upgrades. TheNextWeb.com has a good article comparing and contrasting the features of flavors.me and about.me. Both seem great – but I prefer to roll my own.
Almost forgot… you can see my new home page here: http://danhounshell.com/