Portfolio redesigns provide a particular challenge to designers as they require developing a personal brand. Rakesh started his redesign by writing the content of the entire site. “My goal was to communicate my design expertise to a potential client and encourage them to contact me to discuss their project. While at it, I wanted my site’s design itself to talk about my creativity and skills.” He continued the process with rough sketches and then Photoshop mockups to help him plan for writing the HTML and CSS from scratch, but he still wasn’t making typography or colour choices: “At that stage I didn’t worry about the colour schemes or even typography to some extent because trying them out in code would be easier.” It’s fascinating that Rakesh didn’t start with the typography, because it’s such a beautiful and pivotal element of the design, but it makes sense because the layout is so dependent on the thoughtfully-written copy. While Rakesh didn’t use any frameworks, he did use Sass to make it easier to quickly try out different colour schemes, type combinations and spacing.
“‘Think outside the grid’: this site is a perfect example of what can be achieved with modern CSS and beautiful typography” Stéphanie Walt er, UX and UI Designer