Like many designers, I’m hard-pressed to believe that the work I create is considered “good.” It isn’t until I take a look at my older work that I tell myself, “Don’t sweat it. No, you’re not a design genius—but you’ll still get better over time.” So, for the sake of sharing process—and to expose my old, embarrassing work—I’ve brought back my past portfolio websites. I’ve also re-launched all my old site versions for you to poke at.
Active in 2005–2007 | Visit live at v1.migreyes.com
I’m sorry you have to see this one, folks. This little relic harnesses the wondrous powers of Flash—and my amateur execution of it. It takes pretty much forever to get to the content; that being my old college projects. However, it does have a (useless and) neat widget to change the colors of the lame silhouette of myself. How’s that for interactive?
Active in 2007–2008 | Visit live at v2.migreyes.com
As it was nearing graduation for me, I quickly realized that my last website was a sorry excuse for a portfolio. I re-created my portfolio site in more of a blog format. The funny thing is, there wasn’t an actual CMS; just static pages. Triumphs include: figuring out how to manage a baseline grid for the web and having a navigation that made a bit more sense. Downfalls: incredibly corny copywriting. I’m sure this version got a couple more hits than the last.
Active in 2008–2009 | Visit live at v3.migreyes.com
This version was created on the train commutes to-and-from the city. I wanted all of my projects to be easily accessible no matter what page you were on. The problem was, the more work I added, the messier the navigation got. Again, everything was static HTML pages I would edit by hand. Erik Spiekermann actually commented on my use of Meta on this version, and also told me how my type was too small. The body copy column-length was also too long for comfortable reading. Lesson learned for the next one.
I realized that my project pages felt like last-minute screen shots flown into a template—I didn’t like that. This time, I wanted to make pages feel a little less blog-like and have a lot more personality. All pages are uniquely laid out on their own, and each project is shown in better context. I also refined the typography, with the help of Typekit. So, do you have old work out there? Share it in the comments!