The In Search of Mountains Website is an incredibly important project of mine. You might call it my digital playground because I am never quite done with it, and to some extent always changing minor things. It has gone through countless iterations, all branching from a simple wordpress theme I created during the semester I took Senior Design at Purdue. The intention of this site is not actually to show off my computer graphics ability, but rather to be a ministry to all who may stumble, or follow it. I very much hope that through my blog posts I can encourage people and share the stories God has given me to share in a way that glorifies Him.
As far as being a portfolio piece, this website is the most up to date on a regular basis. I have poured all of my design and development knowledge and ability into it’s infrastructure, and it is constantly being updated as I learn new things. The whole idea behind the idea of the site is to be simple, but yet be effective at telling a story. There are plenty of blogs out there that look very nice and have lot’s of color, but then there are also blogs that are simple and practically just text that focus on the story the blog is trying to tell. My goal was to merge story with a graphical user interface that is easy on the eyes. I wanted the user to not be distracted by the layout and graphics, but for them to a compliment to the story, and assist the user in going beyond each post once they are done reading.
You may also notice that every post has an image attached to it which has a ratio of 5:1. I came to the conclusion after trying to fit awkward squares and rectangles into text throughout posts, that it would actually encourage the reader to read the post if you give them a 5:1 snapshot of what used to be a full image. They are then drawn into the post because they want to fill in the gaps of the picture, and what better way to do that than by reading the post associated with it?