After creating a few projects for others, I decided it was time to create a website for myself. I was unknowingly going through a bit of an identity crisis at the time. I hadn’t figured out the difference between a web designer and a web developer. I guess I always assumed that both jobs were done by the same person.
I also had thought about the possibility of freelancing at this point, so I purchased the domain derricowebdesign.com (which now just redirects to this blog). I then created my fourth project, a landing page/personal business site: D’Errico Web Design:
I had a lot of fun building the site, and it was my first experience with jQuery animations, and a PHP mail form. It was also another opportunity to practice my HTML/CSS skills. While it was good development practice, I was not happy with the design process. Looking back at the design, it looks dated (even though it is only 6 months old at this point). My loving, and very supportive wife even commented that it had a dated look to it. She, of course, was right. I was beginning to learn that design wasn’t one of my strong suits. I have of course, in the meantime, learned some design basics, mainly by really studying how most web pages are put together.
I had almost forgotten about this project until I started working on this blog post. I am glad I got the opportunity to take a look back at the progress I’ve made in the last six months.