Design of Doom: Mk. 5 Jan. 2009 to March 2014

Just when I promised myself no more drastic changes, I made more drastic changes. I moved the whole site to a CMS for easier maintenance. I keep trying to tell myself that while updating hundreds of static pages to fit in better with the rest of the site. Rock on.

Mk. 5. January 2009 to March 2014.

Mk. 5. January 2009 to March 2014.

Yeah, okay, so after four years, I got sick of hand coding the site. What did I do? I threw out all my time-honored cool-but-sucky design aesthetics for some basic, cookie-cutter web jambaloo.

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I don’t have much to say about this design. On the one hand, it did a lot of things that took me aeons to do from scratch. On the other, I dunno, it was just kinda there. It lost all the homemade, disheveled¬† character from the hand-coded site. For the sake of Frank’s sanity, I swapped my beloved off-white text on black background for standard black text on white. Sheesh. Every time I looked at it, I thought, “how can I get this back to white on black?”

As CMSes became more powerful and flexible, I started designing/skinning sites for friends. I generally did a better job for them than for my own stuff. Quickly, I got burned out trying to redesign this site, so Mk. 5 remained years past its usefulness.

Move on to Mk. 5b, or go back to the Designs of Doom index.

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