Minimum Viable Product
My site was hacked recently. Then it was hacked again. I escaped with no major damage, and I don't seem to be selling viagra anywhere that I can see. Still, there was a pattern emerging that I didn't like.
I normally start a redesign whenever a new technique or piece of technology makes it interesting – I did one when responsive design came in; I did another with SASS; one that was an aggregator of everything I had everywhere; one in Rails; one in my own PHP CMS – and I never finish them. No constraints, I think, no reason. This time was different, and, because I fully expected to get hacked again, I had to get something finished quickly. And that's just it: something, not everything.
So, what you're looking at now represents what is, for me, a minimum viable product. There are a few changes to my old site:
My portfolio will probably come back in the future. I was never too happy with it in its last incarnation, and I have a bit of thinking to do about how to represent UX in an online portfolio. For me, UX portfolios are best when they tell the story of a project, and pictures of websites and wireframes have never been a good way of doing that. For now, if you'd like to see my work, get in touch and I'll show you.
I have a new direction in mind for this space. In the past, I've used it for telling people how to do things my way; now I'm older, I'd like to use it to think about what my way should be. It's exploratory instead of didactic, and I hope that makes it easier to write here. In any case, everything I wrote is toast. We're moving on.
Previously, I'd write about UX. I'd also write about design, music, architecture, words, bikes, and pies. There was a pie of the week series at one point, I remember. I deleted pretty much everything either before or immediately after publication. I'm not going to do that anymore. There are enough pie-loving UXers working in buildings and listening to music to count as an audience. They are my people.
And so: onwards.