Intentionally minimal. Intentionally simple.

Published on October 14, 2018

I've been doing a lot of thinking lately about the current state of Web design and development. Generally, I don't like what I see. From a design standpoint, sites tend to look the same. From a development standpoint, sites are being developed with technology stacks that are unwieldy, unreliable, and vulnerable. Many sites are slow, peppered with popups, auto-playing videos, prompts asking for permission that aren't necessary, cookie and privacy legal mumbo jumbo.

And I'm not alone in thinking this way. Check out this post by designer, illustrator, and author Frank Chimero. Or this post by front-end web developer Charlie Owen (and the conversation about it over on Hacker News).

But it gets better. Check out "This is a web page" by Justin Jackson, and its Hacker News conversation. Or this somewhat NSFW one. Or the more recent "Conservative Web Development" by Drew DeVault.

So if you were wondering my site looks like this, how and why it loads so quickly, and why it wasn't built using the latest and greatest Javascript framework, now you know.