Lately, I find myself interested in learning more about UX/UI design. Scrolling through my older blog posts, it’s no surprise that I pride myself on the design of this site; granted, I’m using a self-hosted WordPress installation with ComicPress running ComicEasel to achieve what I needed. I also taught myself some CSS, HTML, and how to use a web browser’s inspect tool to get the site to look how I wanted. Looking at it now, I’m proud of my progress on the site so far.

As recently as a few years ago, I noticed a rising interest in the field of UX/UI design. Every other ad on social media was for a UX/UI design certification. I didn’t think too much of it at the time; and as someone who already has a Bachelor’s in an art/design field, I didn’t consider pursuing it formally. At the time, building this site was more of a hobby than anything.

The work I’ve put into this site has me wondering about a career in UX/UI. Maybe I can use what I’ve learned to help create some interesting websites for any interested clients. It might be fun to work as part of a group towards towards creating some compelling and effective UX designs.

Reflecting on old UX design decisions

A before and after look at MagePunkArchives.com early on VS today

Later in the site’s development, I decided to use a single column layout instead of using a side-bar as in the initial layout for the site. I like the thought of my illustrations being a driving force behind the user experience on my site. As such, I thought a single column layout would be the best way to achieve this.

Though it initially began as primarily a webcomic site, I later decided I could also present the other content here in a kind of storybook fashion. The idea was that the content of the site, this “archive” was being presented on this “scroll”. There needed to be a certain harmony between text and image to compel readers into scrolling down the site. I hadn’t yet realized that I was already thinking about my site’s UX before I actually knew UX was a thing.

As of current, I’m content with the site’s layout. I can easily upload my comic, make a post, or add various other types of content to any of the other pages here. With that in mind, I want to take things to the next level and learn more about UX/UI design on a professional level. I think it might be fun to blog about what I learn here and apply it towards improving this site further.