Develop(her): My Portfolio Design

While I’m on this roll of clarity making my portfolio site, I thought I would write it down. I’m always emailing myself ideas or creating word documents with my ideas, and that means that I can easily lose track of my thoughts and ideas. So here goes.

For whatever reason I want my portfolio to be loosely “mermaid” themed. I had the desire to actually create an underwater sequence in Photoshop with myself as a mermaid. But just completing that on task was keeping me from getting anything accomplished. So I’ll just keep that on a wishlist.


This is the color palette I’ve been following. The orangey-pink is the closest I have to something mermaidy, since it’s like a playful version of coral.


Seriously just changing the font for the portfolio site has done wonders for everything! It just looks so much more professional with a well selected font. I decided to go with a popular sans-serif font, Montserrat. For other projects I’ve used Raleway and Open Sans (client’s choice).

font-family: ‘Montserrat’, sans-serif;


Since I decided that I couldn’t let myself hold up my portfolio venture just because I hadn’t created my perfect “mermaid” picture, I just added a stock photo that I really enjoyed. Originally it was truly a placeholder, and I was going to stage and take a photo related to a programmer’s life (the standard Macbook flat lay with coffee, etc). But now that I’ve used this stock photo, well, I’ve kind of fallen in love with it. I can’t say enough about it. I love it. I have railroad tracks nearby, so we’ll see if I can recreate this photo sooner than later!


I want a cool logo so hard. But it’s another one of those things that’s tripping me up. It’s way more important for me to just create something! I can always create a new thing later.

Perfect is the enemy of done.

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