It's the beginning of a new year full of opportunities, challenges & experiences waiting for us. To kick things off, I'm excited to be launching my new website.
I often tell my clients that a website is never finished. If it's finished, it is in need of a redesign. A website is constantly evolving, just like the company or organisation behind it is always in motion. This is one of the main reasons I try to employ more and more agile development techniques in the work I do. But sometimes, you just have to realise that you've gone down a dead end and need to take a few steps back. This is what happened with my own website.
My new website does not only look new, it has been engineered from the ground up with current technologies & best practices.
In some ways, this new, redesigned website is similar to my old one. It is still built with the great Kirby CMS that I know and love and most of the content (especially my blog) is still available at the same spot where it was just a few days ago.
But in many ways, this is also a complete overhaul. I've completely rewritten the code powering this website (within the last 7 days, which is a new record for me), I've rewritten all the copy on the site to (hopefully) articulate myself more clearly. One of the big changes I've made is that I've scrapped the German version of my site and now offer all of my content in English only. Most people speak English anyways & this change allows me to update the content more easily and should lead to more concise communication throughout the site.
I've also slightly altered the structure of the site. The "Profile" section now includes some more information about me and what I do all day. The "Work" section has been split into my portfolio and new Skills & Process sections, which outline how I work with clients to create experiences and products that are innovative, long-lasting, honest & thorough down to the last detail.
The home page now also features a new video section, as well as a little experiment called "Mixtapes" that contains some new Spotify playlists for your enjoyment. More will be added in the future.
On a more personal note, I'd like to say that I'm really excited for this year. 2016 has been the most eventful and exciting year of my life (both in personal and professional matters) and I'm committed to making 2017 even more enlightening & interesting. If the first two weeks are a valid indicator, this year is shaping up to be pretty great. In May, I'll be going to Berlin for the annual TYPO Conference. I'm working on interesting projects with great people. And I'm studying at a fantastic university with inspiring people that challenge me in completely new ways.
Thanks for your support. Let's make 2017 a good one.
Some technical, nerdy details:
This website is built with the awesome Kirby CMS. Developed in Brackets with a newly developed S(CSS) structure, it's built based on designs made in Sketch. Its underlying grid is made with Flexbox, which works like magic. The SCSS is compiled using CodeKit, which also handles image optimisation. I use various Kirby plugins, like the Uniform plugin for my contact form and some others. I've switched from Google Analytics to Piwik Analytics for faster & more secure statistics.
My main focus was to built a site that is fast and future-proof. The flexible template, content & CSS structure means that I can extent the site at any point and just build on top of what is there right now.
The new portrait that I use throughout this website and my social media was taken by Thomas Schrott.