I'm rebuilding my long-suffering website, which has spent many years living on various content management platforms (Squarespace, Format, and most recently Cargo). I'm now building it myself, in the spirit of the IndieWeb movement.
Many different things combined to bring about this rebuild:
- I read a lot about data ownership and wanted to retain control of my online presence;
- I joined a fantastic online community, Merveilles, the members of which inspired me with their own web projects and fiercely independent spirit;
- Two designers I respect, Frank Chimero and Jonnie Hallmann, are both publicly documenting the redesigns of their websites, which inspired me to finally start on this;
- After art school, I'm back in the tech world, and want to use my website not merely as a photography portfolio, but as a place to experiment with ways of expression, which requires control on how the website is actually built.
My initial hope was to finish a rebuild before the end of 2019, but now I see that this will be a much longer iterative process, with possibly no end in sight.
The creative studio that Tingyi and I are running is steadily growing and transforming. While it started as a commercial photography venture, it's changing into more of a vehicle for all of our activities, from photography to art psychotherapy workshops to book publishing to software development projects. If you would like to work with us, please shoot us an email!
I've teamed up with the wonderful designer Mathieu Mayer to run We Build Your MVP, a small product team-for-hire sort of thing. If you or your company has an idea that needs some firepower to get off the ground, please talk to us!
I'm in the middle of rethinking and reworking the processes involved in doing my work. I'm approaching this rethink with attention paid to sustainability, future-proofing, and ownership of data and systems, so it is focusing a lot on free and open source software and systems. This is a long-term project, and something I'm very interested in.