To know where you’re going you have to know where you’ve been. Yeah, that’s a pretty mangled version of the actual quote but I wanted to use the time to capture some previous web designs. They used to exist on a separate page of the site before I took that down.
All of the screenshots are clickable and will load a larger image in a new window.
1. Alicia Crank For City Council: Alicia was running for office in Mountain View, California and needed a website to update potential voters. The site is no longer live.
2. Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. – Beta Zeta Chapter: A local chapter of Zeta Phi Beta located in Washington, DC. I currently maintain this site.
3. Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. – Electrifying Eastern Region: A previous design for the organizing body of the Eastern Region states (NC, VA, DC, WV) of Zeta Phi Beta. The site is no longer live.
I’m still working on this redesign. Designing/Redesigning something for yourself is SO much harder than working for someone else. I have some sketches and functional specs written in my sketch book. I’ve been writing things down for months but I just haven’t been able to make my ideas more tangible. Some of it’s lack of time needed for my own project, some of it’s because I’m a perfectionist and can be very hard on myself. Then there’s a sprinkling of not giving myself a timeline and sticking to it. I was going through my Google Reader account and I noticed an article called Redesigning Your Own Site by Lea Alcantara. I put it into my shared folder in the beginning of August. I don’t remember reading it before, but boy does it hit close to home. I’ve followed Lea over at Lealea Design for a few years and I really like her tidbits, especially her write up on Self-Branding. Her article made me realize that when it comes to personal projects I have to STICK to using the same procedure that I’d use for freelance or even projects at my full-time job. Sometimes I would do it and sometimes I’d think “oh it’s just for me. I can wing this.” NOT! *giggle* So, this weekend I promise to myself that I’ll start putting these wireframes into Fireworks and start fleshing out some design possibilities. I may even post images while in progress. This is going to be fun.
I’ve been thinking about doing a redesign for…well almost as soon as I finished the current design. LOL This one won’t be for purely aesthetic purposes though. I’ve decided that this site doesn’t fully reflect my creative outlets so I’m looking to add my artwork and photography in the new design. Along with that I’ll be registering my name as an additional domain for this site. I have lots of plans underway and I’ve seen so much inspiration recently. Wish me luck.