I’m Here.

So this is it. This is what it feels like to be finished; well, maybe not finished finished, but done with the design, and I’ve got at least one article written.

So what do I do now? Have you ever worked so hard on something, and then when you’re done, all that you want to do is do it all over again? Well, with this site, that’s not hypothetical. I’ve built this thing and rebuilt it literally four separate times.

I spent a lot of time considering what back-end I was going to build this site on. At first I built it on Etomite, because it was pretty flexible, and you can easily continue to develop your site after it goes live. After I was done, I got to thinking that WordPress might be better, because my focus is writing, not developing. After I started to rebuild on WordPress, I realized that the site structure I had in mind could not be accomodated by WordPress without a lot of hacking, which would make all of my upgrades a total pain. So I started looking into Moveable Type, because I’ve been curious about it for quite some time, and I’m a sucker for attractive advertising. After playing with MT a bit, I was impressed, especially with their templating system. After I rebuilt my whole site all over again, I realized that I didn’t like their templating system as much as I thought I did, and I became increasingly frustrated with the whole site-rebuilding thing. So I scrapped the third revision and set the site aside for a bit, while I got some other business taken care of and gave my next attempt plenty of consideration and planning.

My final site is built on MODx. MODx is touted (note to self and to world: this word really should be spelled “tauted”, so that it’s not mispronounced and confused with flatulence) as a fork of Etomite…but not by them (actually, they acknowledge the label, but they seem to contest it in semi-silence). The history is longer than I care to get into, but the bottom line is that they have a better product, a better team, and a better future. MODx is a developers’ CMS; you can make it into anything you want it to be, or you can take it for what it is and start creating web pages. As for my focus being writing and not developing: Well, once the site is developed I can just start writing, right? Then again, who am I kidding? I’m a developer; as long as there’s something to fiddle with, I’m going to fiddle with it.

And so here we are. Tilted Symmetry has been my pet project for more than a year now. It was invented when I began to teach some graphic artist friends various tricks and techniques. Two key things occured.

  1. I remembered how much I love to teach. I used to teach Art and English at a K-12 college prepatory school. It was one of the most trying and challenging experiences of my life, and I enjoyed connecting with other people and giving them new knowledge and abilities that they didn’t have before.
  2. I learned that no matter how many clowns are out there showing the world how to honk their horns, the world can always use another bozo.

At one point, I was talking to someone about the value of imbalance in the midst of balance, and I called it “tilted symmetry”. It was one of those phrases that arose through the course of natural conversation, and I found it profound enough to add a “.com” to the end of it (okay, so I add a “.com” to the end of every slightly profound catch phrase that happens upon the ol’ knoggin; that’s hardly the point, and I’m hurt that you brought it up). I ended up liking it a lot, so I created some branding for it, and then off I went building a web site for it four times over (weeeee).

Tilted Symmetry exists for two main reasons:

  1. To provide beginner and semi-professional graphic designers and web developers with tips and pointers for their studies and work.
  2. To provide me with a new creative outlet for my writing, photography, illustration, and anything else that suits my fancy.

I hope that you enjoy, and are able to take advantage of, the resources and knowledge that are made available on this new site. If you have any suggestions, critiques, or anything else to offer me, please feel free to leave a comment on any of my articles or journal entries.

And so with that, here goes nothing…


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