Hey all, and welcome back to the portfolio of yours truly, Brandon Greene-Hooks. This is the first post following the winter hiatus, and I’m hoping everyone enjoyed their holiday season as much as I did. There’s a lot to go over in a short amount of time. So, without further ado, let’s get to it.
The first thing I want to talk about is the major overhaul of the site. Now, you all my only see an aesthetic change, but the entire portfolio website was changed, inside and out, up and down, and eight ways to Sunday. One page has been removed, and eight have been added. The major takeaways from this change are the fresh look for the new year, responsive elements, more content, consistent organization for the content, and some user friendly tidbits here and there. I’ll be going over these changes on a page-by-page basis, to get everyone up to speed.
The “External” page has been removed, and I added social icons to the bottoms of each page instead. The “External” page was a good idea at the time, but since the portfolio has grown substantially since that page was first added, I felt the change was necessary. Another site-wide change is that the ZeroFolio logo links to the home page; this is a common practice among most websites, and it’s one that I use often on other websites, so this seemed appropriate. The last site-wide change is mobile optimization; shrinking your browser window (or being on a mobile device) will change the size of and/or replace certain elements, to better the readability of the website on the go. Let’s move on to the pages.
The Home page is still the news feed, the Portfolio page is still the content, the About page still gives a bit of info about myself, and the Contact page still lets you get in touch with me; although, the contact page has a nifty feature that allows you to click a button to copy my email to your clipboard. It’s sort of a time-saver/security measure, since most people hate using forms to communicate (although, the form is still there for those who don’t mind it). Alright; time for the portfolio items.
2D Animation is still the home to only one project, Inverse; however, I added a video I made some time ago as a rendering test. 3D Modeling hasn’t had any new additions, but there likely will be one or two soon. Game Development has the largest change, showcasing three projects I’ve been conceptualizing for the longest time, and Geo, which is a topic I’ll get back to once I’m finished here. Meanwhile, Super Mario Bros. In First Person reached 30k downloads! Graphic Design has been split up into its four categories: Designs, Flyers, Logos, and Wallpapers. The Wallpapers category just received a new work, and there’s a Design currently pending completion. That’s all there is to the website changes, so I’m going to go finish off with Geo.
Geo was on Kickstarter for approximately 35 days, and unfortunately didn’t reach its funding. I’m here to let everyone know that, despite it’s campaign failure, Geo is still happening. It just won’t be funded by the public. Due to a crazy stream of recent events (that is, graduating, getting interviewed for a job, going on vacation, receiving the job offer during said vacation, and beginning work only a few days after returning home), I’ll be able to fund Geo in a few months. I won’t get anyone’s hopes up by giving a release date, but I do want to reiterate that this game will happen; just not as soon as I would have liked. That just means I’ll have more time to make it even better.
That’s all for now, everyone. Let’s make this new year one to remember!