Clemens Krack

The Hardest Client

04, 2010

I'm not a designer.
I tried designing years ago and still do it every now and then, i still love to sketch and have a street-art background. But i understand designers fairly well, i try to solve their problems with the limitations HTML and CSS pose to us almost every day. And i understand the hardest job a designer, well anyone, can have - working for oneself.
I just did it and i think i am finished.

A designer knows he has achieved perfection not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.

— Antoine de Saint Exupéry

I certainly have not achieved perfection, but it is the first iteration i still like after looking at it throughout a week. Maybe because it is so minimal.

Let's look at the process i went through. Instead of trying and trying in Photoshop i decided to create a mockup in HTML5 and CSS straight away. I kept changing little things and experimented with the typography and the grid until i got what you can see.

The website is also based on my own little CMS. In the past i relied upon Wordpress and Textpattern, both to try them out and because i did not want to waste time developing my own website. However, i thought it was about time i started using my own system more often - afterall it will help me making the interface a little better, i suppose.

Another thing you might notice is the language. I am German and my past websites have been German too. Part of my experience of learning english however, was spent delving through english resources about webdevelopment - it was not only rare to find German resources about the topic at that time, but also a good reason to learn english.
The other reason is that i have english speaking customers and they should have a chance reading what i write, too.

Time to serve yourself a cup of coffee (i prefer espresso in form of a latte macchiato) or tea, depending on the time of the day and your liking, and take a look at my work.