Introducing Vincent Knobil | MUSIC
I’m proud to announce that my brand-spanking-new music-centric site is now online!
Until now, my music was sprinkled all over the Web.
I tried to make things a little easier on you by creating a My Music page on this blog, but it didn’t really change the fact that you had to surf to various sites to hear some of it.
The Geekette got on my case about this sad state of affairs (and rightly so).
So a few months ago, I began to reflect on how I might remedy the situation.
A lot of music sites are entirely Flash-based, and I didn’t want that, for many reasons (resource hog, horrible programming environment, etc.)
Other music sites amount to simple lists of download links, and I thought I could do better than that.
So in the end (after 2 or 3 months of tinkering in my spare time), I came up with a music-portfolio site, not unlike many art portfolios on line.
The user interface is, how should I put it, somewhat unconventional. However, it does have the following merits:
- The entire site is on a single page! (though that may change over time). Load the page once, and you’re done.
- The UI is, well, unconventional. I’m an artist after all, not a corporation hawking plastic doodads or a Web 2.0 outfit trying to sell, well, whatever it is that they sell…
And the UI is fun:
- Try clicking on the big links on the right side of the page and watch what happens, in the foreground, and in the background.
- Reload the page for different color/shape combinations.
As for the graphic design, well, you know by now that I like skewed.
I also decided right off the bat that I didn’t care to make the site compatible with the millions of corporate PCs still running Internet Explorer 6 (which arrogantly ignores Web-standards).
This was quite liberating. Design-wise, it meant I could go nuts with transparent PNG images, and that’s just what I did.
So there you have it, in a nutshell.
Relax, open your mind, and take some time to explore my new site‘s nooks and crannies.
And if you like it (or if you hate it), tell everyone you know about it!
UPDATE: Of course, as soon as it went online, I realized that I had missed a slew of bugs under Internet Explorer 7 & 8, and spent a whole day of panic fixing them (I thought IE8 handled CSS Opacity. It doesn’t). Creating a site, even the techy part, can be a pleasurable experience. Internet Explorer systematically ruins the fun. It’s like a fat, rude, obnoxious, selfish, foul-smelling asshole who crashes a groovy party, and starts burping and farting and making toilet jokes. Fuck you Microsoft.Tweet