May1Reboot is based on the simple idea of collectively relaunching websites at the same time — and in doing so — rallying each other and sticking to that one deadline. Turns out, without strict discipline it’s easy to get lost in details.
At least for me, deciding upon the look and feel of web pages is a process that ends up more time consuming than playing Civilization: Just one more turn, um, tweak here and there … OMG, did a whole afternoon just pass right now?
Counting the days until relaunch day, I came to the realization how important it is to stick to achievable goals and to always remind yourself: Good (UI/UX) design should also have a purpose.
Mobile first design
So, here it is: My incomplete list of changes that readers can hopefully benefit from.
- Define a set of styles for mobile devices first and then adjust for bigger screens
- Do less network requests, e.g. only load custom fonts if absolutely necessary
- Try to use modern CSS features, e.g. flexbox, and SVGs instead of icon fonts
- Aim for consistent look by introducing a predictable color palette
In case you consider joining in the celebration next year, most the mentioned improvements are a good starting point for any website.
The path is the goal
The groundwork is done, and there is a lot more to come.
Somehow, the fact of having missed the original deadline slightly (by 2 weeks) motivates me already to update this site on a regular basis, and provide content in a more predictable fashion.
Last, but not least, of course: Expect a continous flow of little design improvements …