Dusk started out as a way for me to wrap my head around the latest techniques for building websites. It is primarily a portfolio site but it is also much more, a little back story first.
So why didn’t I just work on my own projects in the evenings and weekends then? That would of been a good way to stay up-to-date with the latest techniques of web development and this could of worked. I tried a few times but there was one major road block, California is 9 hours behind Sweden/Norway. This meant more often than not I was staying up until 10pm on conference calls, a downside of working from home in a foreign country I guess. And those Americans sure do like conference calls too, some weeks would see 4 conference calls scheduled, each on a different night and each lasting at least 1 hour. Who feels like being creative and trying out new development techniques after that? I sure as hell didn’t. By the time the weekends rolled around all I wanted to do was leave the house and go hiking, which I did. This was great for my photography but not so great for my web development skills. There were other things also, like moving countries three separate times and everything that comes with that, having a child, trying to learn foreign languages… plus plenty more.
I’m working on it.
Dusk is about me getting up to speed and trying out these new techniques and ideas. I have already picked up on using SASS (CSS preprocessing), using CSS3 features and structuring my markup using HTML5 elements. After living under a rock these past 6 years I am super excited to finally have the desire to learn again. So much so that I have started doing online courses to learn more about design also. While they cannot compete with a bachelor degree in design, it’s something for while I’m living in Norway. I have also started work on version 2 of this site. It’s a work in progress!