When I originally launched this site, I had a couple goals. One was just to have a portfolio site, period; another was to have it be a Drupal site; another was to have it be a responsive site. I accomplished all that stuff, and I'm still pretty proud of it, but I've kind of sort of dropped the ball on keeping it fresh, keeping it updated, keeping it evolving. This new site design is, in part, a reaction to that, and an acknowledgment of lessons learned.
One lesson learned being in large part that I'm interested less in having a straight-forward portfolio site, more in having a place where I can tell the story about all this stuff I do, put it in some kind of context, and continue to reevaluate it as my processes, life, and learning change. Which is why, yup, there's suddenly more words all over the place, leading you into the projects. Words which will probably change every time I look at any page or another.
Because so much of the stuff I like to work on in my own time and way tends to be in the margins, I wanted a site where I could work that stuff into the flow more easily and kind of let the rest of the site morph around it. I like the idea of the super finalized polished portfolio stuff commingling with the stack of half-baked sketchbook pages or Blender projects that didn't add up to much but which I learned a ton from. I do believe, as much as I have trouble reminding myself sometimes that I really do believe this, that it's all part of the same flow.
In a way, I guess this new design and structure borrows heavily from the notion of the essay. It's all attempt. Nothing is perfect. But continuing to try to get to perfect makes a difference.