VISUALGUI

Visualgui 2018: Iteration 6

If you are reading this on an RSS reader, go ahead and type visualgui.com on your browser. I made further changes to the site in the past weeks. The logo is now blown up and rotated on the homepage. I just wanted something dynamic and impactful. I am also considering bringing back the masking effect on the logo. I just don’t know what to promote yet.

For the body text, I am switching from Halyard, designed by Joshua Darden, to Minion 3, designed by Robert Slimbach. I am so old school that I prefer serif type for reading over sans. I knew that a sans serif body copy wouldn’t last too long. In addition, I have been wanting to use Minion 3 since it has been updated and expanded. I still dig Halyard, especially for display. I am going for the extra big and bold on the title of each blog. The bigger the screen, the bigger the headline. It is quite extreme, but I love it. It’s my damn blog after all.

I must admit that I am quite narcissistic when it comes to my blog. I look at it more than I look myself in the mirror. It is getting compulsive. The more I look, the more I want to change. I have gone through small iterations throughout the year rather than a big change once a year because I keep wanting to experiment.

This blog has become such an integral part of my life both personal and professional. It gives me the space not just to write, but to practice my web design skills. I work with PHP, HTML, CSS, and, of course, fonts almost everyday.

Blogging and blog design might have die for most people, but for me, it is still a fantastic space to put all of my life and my passion into one place. I do not trust Medium, which shut down the ability to have a custom domain, with my content. Although Alex Jones and his Infowars empire deserved to be kicked off social media platforms for spreading hates, I do not trust social media with my content either. Just without a few weeks, the only place on the Internet Jones has left is his own website.

I am now investing more and more on my site rather than elsewhere. It is my own thing. I don’t know who reads what I write anymore, but that doesn’t stop me. My goal is still to make money off blogging one day. For almost 20 years, I have not figured out how because I have no business skill whatsoever, but I still want to think about it. Maybe one day when I no longer have a full-time job. For now, I just keep working on that goal.