The Overall Story
As I said in the introductory post, since its inception almost two decades ago, MIH has had roughly the same site structures: A introductory section of the site, self-introduction (“Me”), recollection of my past with my friends/family (“Cast” and “Story”), some photographs, a history of prior versions, and (in earlier versions) a guestbook:
When I was making the mockup of the site menu, I naturally included all these elements too:
Well, designing the menu was easy, but when I progressed into generating the mockups of the self-intro section and the friends section (“Cast”), I soon realized something felt wrong.
This is how it looked like in MIH vs-3811:
Yes, my current typography and design skill was presenting the same, decade-old content modernly pleasant, and I was producing the “printed publication” touch as I desired. However, when I read the (essentially identical) text with the new design, I couldn’t hear harmony (as with MIH vs-3811). It sounded fragmented, as though I was playing on a Steinway D a prima vista — each single character or sentence was correct on its own, but together they didn’t pace with the new look-and-feel.
Have I grown so old, that my taste for a good design would no longer hold the content I made a decade ago? Am I finally at a point where it’s no longer meaningful to simply introduce me myself in categorized chapters or divided sections?
For sure, I knew this was coming. In 2012, I made Allodynia without these categories; instead, I merely piled up pieces of content, most of the time without context:
As old content categorization didn’t make sense anymore, I decided to:
Instead of making separate Me, Cast, Story, Album sections, I’m going with Allodynia’s non-categorization approach of just throwing different pieces of content into one uncategorized heap of rubble, while each piece is a cross-section of what would’ve been in Me, Cast, Story, or Album.
But this also means I need to rewrite all the content. When would I ever have time to finish this website…?