Design Challenges

I have to admit, I'm really enjoying all the failures I'm having designing this site. Lol. I tell my students all the time that you learn more from failure than you do from success, but I mean, come on. Who likes to fail? Not this overachiever my friends, that's for sure. The interesting thing about designing for templated systems is that the constraints creep UP on you. They actually force you to be more critical about your design choices, don't they?

For example... I just started out with a banner graphic and made it look cool. In my head i think it went something like: color dipping is big right now, look how much I like it on Pinterest! and then this came out:


But then once it was on the page with everything else, it just didn't work at all. I like the color and I like the color blocking. As usual though, my scale and proportion are a litte off. And also, what does it really communicate besides my name? So then I tried the triangles as a background on the page itself. NOPE. Too distracting. In general, most of what I'm drawn to about my ideas for this design are too distracting. 

The question is, how can you add color, texture and pattern to a very modular site without looking all blocky and weird? Also, what am I trying to communicate about myself? I bet a bullet point would know...

  • Pop culture hound. It's a big thing for me. I am super interested in mainstream media (critical, but interested) and popular internet culture fo sho.
  • Into people. I'm social, my work is social, my pedagogy is social.
  • I'm an educator who spends a lot of energy and time designing for community experience. 
  • I love a the technology. On.The.Reals.
  • Serious crafter. Hence my pinterest obsession. I love fabric and beads and cooking. I do. It's true.

Does my banner communicate those things? Nope. Sigh. It's just cool. But cool is fleeting and cool is not my goal. Le SIGH. Back to the drawing board. and by drawing board, I clearly mean artboard.