As with many things I have done, the now-completed revision of www.brumm.com took more time than I anticipated it would when I began it.
Though I don’t really “like” writing html code, this revision wasn’t the least favorite “upgrade” I’ve managed, probably ’cause I’ve avoided writing html for long enough it wasn’t really drudge work, and also because there were many new things to learn about how today’s internet “works.”
html5 and css3 were only a dream once.
Since 1996, I have seen the capabilities of design and content of web documents evolve from, well, the bacteria age to the dinosaur age. Things work so well now, it’s become difficult making pages complex enough to slow down browsers or bring them to a halt, as I used to manage to do with a snide grin, even when it was my own browser. It is now possible to create what I wanted to do back in 1996. I just had to wait. And get older while I waited.
By the year 1998 I knew html code well enough I remembered it and just wrote what I wanted from scratch. Today, with css3, I don’t do that…well, let’s say I still understand it and know where to go to review the rules so I can write it by hand, which I still do. (Is there really any other way?)
All the modernization has happened as browsers have become standardized enough that there is a lot less angst about designers regarding how a web page looks in a different browser than the one they are using. This nice end result has happened despite Microsoft’s historical arrogance at making things work the way they want them to.
For me, not selling anything, I never worried about other browsers too much anyway. I understand I’m likely the one most entertained by my work.
The “price” for this increased standardization is steep, though I suppose to be expected. As standards evolved, as commerce took over what we once called “the web,” as it became more a more complex to create web documents, a big chunk of creativity in web design has simply vanished.
I don’t generally pay attention to this, but since I was writing code, I spent a lot more time looking around the Internet than I usually would do.
What I decided is the standardization of style is similar enough almost all web pages, if they were old paper print medium, could come out of the same magazine.
Much of the blame for that lies in the complexity, and the success of programs such as this blog are on, WordPress, which make creating content and web pages easier than doing it from scratch.
I couldn’t figure out why they were awesome. I didn’t see much jingle. Oh well.
The previous iteration of my web site in 2011 included a bit of poking fun at the business model that still hadn’t complete taken over.
This version I’m trying to pay some homage to my earlier past designs and to those of people I admired who wrote html in those early, heady days.
Yes, it’s nice we don’t have to trudge through 6 feet of digital snow in minus 40 degree temperatures anymore to get a gif program to make those beautiful jerky 256-colors animations, but I think I’d enjoy the end result of modernization a bit more if the modern generation had turned out a little less corporatized/brainwashed and a little more artsy/fartsy.
I suppose I may just have missed the places where artsy/fartsy is still the motif.
Gizmodo, I see, gives reasons other than mine for nostalgia of the early days, a bit tongue in cheek:
Brumm.com, in the unlikely case you don’t know, since you are there, begins here: