I want to set up a guest log and have it as a collections page (structured like the page you’re currently viewing), so people can leave me messages.
- I’ve previously toyed with the idea of using Webmentions, inspired by Kicks Condor, but I’m leaning towards linking it with an open channel on Are.na instead, and using Are.na’s API to pull and display the responses, which I remember Ian McDonald did in the past. I think that might be nice since inputting messages through Are.na is accessible and secure.
- My plan is to schedule a daily deploy with Netlify, so the log will update every 24 hours. Maybe that feels antiquated, but I don’t know, I like the slowness of it.
The ability to add little notes in tiles on the home page, e.g. “site is always in progress” or “dear visitor...”. From a technical POV this is pretty simple (I’m basically already doing it for collections) but I need to figure out typographically / graphically how they’ll work with other types of tiles on the home page.
Time-based style changes
I recently watched a lecture by Dan Michaelson of Linked by Air, where he talks about the role of temporality in the work of the studio and the idea of making websites responsive to the current time. I also find myself wanting the “styles” I created for the home page to be more immediately discoverable. Perhaps I could have the default style change based on time/season, e.g.:
- “night” showing at night in EST or the visitor’s location
- “hudson” showing at around sunset in NYC
- “bloom” showing in spring
Basic tagging scheme for collections
I really like the way my friend Patrick creates little sites which record and categorize things in his life, such as his listening log, and I realized I’d want a similar ability in my own collections to categorize each item, such as by recording a book’s genre and my reading progress for books on the shelf.
An “everything” index page
A way of browsing the full archive of writing, collections, and links that I’ve published without any pagination (although I’m generally fond of the way pagination works on my home page)
Deep linking to collection items
Right now you can only link to an overall collection page, but in the future I want to use URL queries to allow linking to specific items within a collection.
I have an idea for a home screen animation when you click on an article/collection link, where the home tiles on screen disappear 1-by-1 to reveal the new page. I’m not sure if there’s a good way to technically implement this though, because I would rather not hijack my anchor tags or have fake ones instead of providing the real link.
Vertical lightbox for collections
The “lightbox” on collection pages scrolls horizontally right now, which I think works great for images/video, but it does look a little odd with text items, as this page demonstrates. I want to add the ability to set the scroll-direction for a page, so text-only pages can have a more comfortable vertical scroll.
Link blocks for collection pages
I want to carry over the same styling I’m using for links on the home page to let me add link tiles in my collections (example use case: a “websites I’ve made” collection linking to each one)
Intentionally empty blocks in home page
To create some breathing room and visual rhythm as you navigate.
Cleaning up font file and typesetting
I noticed, for example, that by default my main sans (more info in colophon) doesn’t have a character for “ö”, and I don’t think it would be a huge deal to draw it myself in Glyphs.