I’ve been told it’s a good thing to have, so after going years without one, I finally have an online portfolio of my work.
My idea for the page all started with a venn diagram I’ve started drawing for people in conversation:
For a long time I just thought of myself as a “writer who draws,” somebody who communicates with “pictures and words together.” But I’ve slowly accepted that the other big piece of my life is The Web. The really interesting work, the work that I’m good at, it happens in the overlap of those three worlds.
After the venn diagram, I struggled to come up with some decent writing to describe what it is that I do:
Then, after that, I sketched out the design:
But I can only do so much on paper. The final form doesn’t really come into view until I start working with code and see the way the elements play out on the screen. Funny enough, most of what changes when I get to the code stage is the writing! I’m constantly cutting words, switching things around…
…I guess you could say a web page is like what Valery said of poems: “Never finished, only abandoned.”