Not So Long Ago
DerekProspero.com has been through many iterations since it first launched in 1998. Here is a look into a previous version, before the age of mobile devices.
Unlike modern "responsive layouts," my previous site was a rigid, hand-coded HTML design subject to many of the freedoms (and ultimately. limitations) of fixed-width presentations. Although considered obsolete in the modern, multi-device age of content display, these fixed layouts allowed for uncompromising structure, unburdened by the demands of mobile scaling.
Another luxury of the pre-touchscreen age was the proliferation of rollover states on links and images. Since all interaction was performed with a cursor, these hover on/off transitions added an engagement factor that has largely disappeared with the advent of direct touch interaction (see examples below).
The visual goal was to create a night time aesthetic, reflected in the dark navy overtone. The muted palette was completely absent of true black, eliciting a soft, hazy feel. These satin hues provided strong contrast against the bright neon hover states of links and images.
To underscore my illustration capabilities, each page header featured custom-created icons and graphics to compliment the section.