It’s been 7 years since I last redesigned Mike Industries, and it feels like even longer. The old design still holds up considering the largely desktop audience it was designed for, but since it’s May 1st Reboot Day, and I’ve had some time on my hands since leaving Twitter, I thought I’d release a shiny new version today.
Say hello to Mike Industries, Version 3.
What is wrong with the old Version 2, you ask? Well:
- It’s not responsive.
- It ingests and displays all of my Tweets and saved Tumblr links, which seems like overkill now.
- Because of all the peripheral stuff being displayed, WordPress isn’t able to assemble the page very quickly and browsers are also slow to render it.
- It doesn’t take advantage of any of the great HTML, CSS, and related advancements that have developed in the last few years.
- It was just time for a change, and I felt like getting back into pixels and code again.
While I’ve spent the last few months putting this together, it only occupied a day or two of time per week. Lots of fits and starts, including periods of frustration and reflection where I’ve asked myself “Why am I not just moving everything to Medium?”