After a handful of design iterations, I’ve finally settled on one.
How I’ve gotten to that finality is an entire journey. I’ve had plenty of factors considered, from UI to aesthetic, but mostly I’m trying to emulate two of my favorite freelancers right now: Jason Zook and Paul Jarvis. They have great-looking websites, and there’s plenty to take from both. The former, I like the use of typography; the latter, I’m completely enamored by its minimalism.
Here are their sites.
And here’s what I’ve come up with (for now).
An interesting aside: the two co-host a podcast called Invisible Office Hours, which “explores the intersection of creativity and commerce”. Being a listener for at least the past two seasons, I can definitely recommend it if you’re a creative working online.
My site—armanddc.com—will house a lot of the work I do with clients as well as content that I put out every week.
I’m planning on breaking down each element of the site on a separate post—if you’d like to get that, let me know in the comments!—but for now, what you need to know is the U.P.V., which I set to position myself as a creative freelancer who works with small to medium, mostly personal, brands.
I’ve envisioned the site to be a live C.V. of sorts, the URL which I will send clients should they ask for a C.V. or a resume. To that end, I think the site gets its job done.
If you’re thinking of starting your own website or blog, I suggest you do the same: wade through the best websites in your niche and try to emulate their best elements. For my purposes, I searched for the best freelance websites, but have been underwhelmed by the ones other people have chosen to highlight. So, I made my own list, which is now live at Flywheel’s “The Layout”. There, I have listed 17 of the best freelance websites I could find, and detail why I think they work.