001 / Happy New Year!

I’m looking forward to 2022. Certainly things have changed. The new normal isn’t very normal at all but at least there still is a normal.

Plans for the year include being with my family, cooking more (the Milk Street subscription is helping with this), working on the house, learning more, and sharing more.

Some future posts for this site will include font creation, app creation, thoughts, ideas, and hopefully much more. Come back or send an email to robertfauver@gmail.com if you’d like to be regularly updated on what’s going on in my world.


Categorized as 2022

Design & UX Links Roundup for April 2021

Here’s some links I enjoyed in the past week or so

UX / Design / Etc. Links for 12/7/2020

Here’s some articles I read that I thought were helpful/interesting.

Daily Habit #1

I’ve recently changed the habit of creating the perfect to-do list first thing in the morning. Now I start my day with a book that I want to read.

Website Redesign Kickoff

I love it when people share their decision-making process for design, artwork, or anything really. Frank Chimero recently did a wonderful redesign of his website where he documentated the process of his work. I figure I could do the same but add my own twist.

My site has been redesigned around 6 or 7 times. Usually the process consistents of creating a worpress theme based upon _s. I’ve create around 3-4 themes this way and really only like one. Some of the restrictions of using a CMS for me is having to design pages that I don’t use, disabling settings for comments, plugins, and working with code that I didn’t create. The control I have while working with just CSS, HTML, and JavaScript is way more attractive than fiddling with PHP that someone else wrote.

Here’s some additional sources of inspiration for me.

  • I’ve always been a huge fan of the way Jason Santa Maria art directs his posts.
  • Grid Systems by Kimberley Elam is going to be sourced for the layout.
  • There are so many typography resources I really don’t know where to start. I think I’ll revisit the MyFonts Newsletter, Typewolf, and Hoefler&Co.
  • Maybe for colors I’ll checkout Pantone and Kuler, but my heart is saying to use a muted version of Solarized for a base light and base dark color scheme. That doesn’t really work well for art directing each page. Still figuring this out.
  • I need to figure out what coding libraries I’m going to use. Tailwind, Angular, React, Bootstrap, maybe none.
  • Other topics of interest for me are where could I use animation, what can I offer users my site, how can I help people, what’s the best way to send updates, should I have an intro page, do I need a style guide, do I need a component library?

Hopefully this gets me on more of a roll with publishing to my site. I’ve had it for 16 years. It’s time.