Simplicity of Site Design
July 10, 2018
This website is very visually plain. This is, for the most part, on purpose. I will be the first to admit that I am not an artist or professional web designer (distinct from a professional web developer, which I am), so complex, fancy graphical pages are mostly out of my reach. However, I am also a proponent of minimalist websites, that is, sites that care at least as much about the size of their pages as they do about their content or presentation. This is the same kind of minimalism that drives, say, the Suckless.org project rather than the so-called "minimalism" of bloated sites that put visuals first. To that end, I attempt to make my personal sites (this site, and FOSSGN.com) small and quick to load, and as free of scripts as is practical.
I am also developing some tools to speed the process along on my terms, especially with regards to FOSSGN.com. Anyone who has visited that site can see that (as of July, 2018), it is currently mostly devoid of content. I have not officially launched the site yet, and it is currently only in the framework stage. I intend to make a simple tool to help me add articles to the site, and it will have an archive of old and/or hard to find FOSS games, as well as a BBS forum and some additional site pages. It will take some time to get this all online, but I intend to stick to the principle of small, simple web pages throughout the project.
Hopefully this post gives you some idea of why my websites look the way they do. I am fond of small websites, and I feel like sites like this can be much easier to look at and navigate than a super-responsive AngularJS site or the like. Here's to designing websites like it is 1996!