I am thrilled today to be able to share you my new online home: justinablakeney.com and my process in the designing of the new site. I have long since wanted to create a ‘portal’ site–a place to access everything about my work under one roof–but I wanted it to be jungalicious, to stand out from the gazillion of portfolio and portal sites out there–and (perhaps most importantly) I wanted it to feel like home. I spent many months soul searching and many days looking through blogs, books and Pinterest for inspiration.
I was very inspired by Saul Steinberg. I love how his work is always playful–but also really stylish. There is also a timelessness to his drawings that I wanted for my site as well. I knew from the beginning that I wanted the site to have a more muted color palette, and a line-drawing feel so that the illustrations wouldn’t visually overpower the content–I spent a whole weekend sketching. You can see the progression in these sketches:
And from here, I pretty much designed the interior pages keeping things as simple as possible and handed it over to my amazing developers, who built this thing for me — and for you geeks out there–the best part is that they built this for me with a CMS so I can swap things out without having to code anything at all. Sweet relief. It feels great to finally have everything under one roof.
I leave for Portland and the Bay Area at the crack of tomorrow with Dabito. We will be shooting four homes in the next four days for the new book. (Follow along behind the scenes here). It’s the first time I’m leaving Ida for more than a day and I’m a bit nervous…Wish me luck– and I hope you enjoy hanging out in my new house.