I’ve been living with my previous website for almost four years. It wasn’t bad, but from time to time you just have to shake things up a bit – hit the reset button. And for me, it was about freakin time.
The thing that was bugging me about my previous site, was the cold harshness of the 100% white background against my often dark and moody black and white imagery. Don’t get me wrong, I’ll jump on the contrast bandwagon anytime, but testing my site on all those new off the shelf computers with their lets-toast-your-eyes factory settings, simply was too much. I couldn’t take it anymore.
Welcome to the dark site
(Sorry, couldn’t help myself – pun involuntary intended.)
This time I’ve opted for softer contrasts. A dark, but definitely not black background to pull you in, with a lighter grey type – soft enough to save your eyes, yet light enough not to smell like blood to the WCAG warriors. Personally, I’ve never been big on reading white on black, but with the current contrast levels and the fact that a photographer’s site is more about imagery than long running text, I believe this hits a happy balance.
Moreover, I’ve also replaced the overused Proxima Nova as the primary typeface with my old favorite Futura. Heck, while I was at it, I gave my logo a few new coats of paint. Out with the cheesy graphic of my initials shaped like a camera, and in with a clean, completely type based logo. Futura in, Gill Sans out for the logo. It’s a change for sure – but not a complete departure. Futura and Gill Sans, while quite different, are both 1920s fonts full of that lovely modernistic aura I’ve learned to enjoy so much over the years.
I hope you like the new look. Any comments, please let me know.