It’s been several months since I coded, so I was very intimidated about starting back up this week. I had started a Front-End Development track last year on the Team Treehouse platform, so I decided to pick up where I left off. I had to revisit a lot of old material that I had forgotten, and writing my first lines was a slow process!
I spent most of this week re-familiarizing myself with the fundamentals, then learning about gradients. I assumed that my mood would be the driving force in picking a song for the week, but rather it was the lessons that inspired my decision—learning about gradients made me want to create something that felt summery and soft. I thought about artists that evoked a sense of whimsy and remembered an old favorite—Au Revoir Simone. I picked the song Anywhere You Looked because it has a soft yet upbeat tone. It feels nostalgic and accepting of whatever was or may have been.
After deciding on the song, I started sketching out different ideas and eventually landed on a grid-like design with a gradient background. I wanted the type to look a little poetic and played with different stylistic approaches to the serif font. The sections are like pieces of a story coming together—like when we reflect and make sense of the past.
Click image below to watch video snapshot of site design.
It took a long time to get the gradient how I had imagined, but I am really happy with how it turned out. This design feels different from what I usually create, and I am glad this #100DaysofCode challenge has started with learning and trying new things. I hope this continues to be the case.
I look forward to next week’s challenge as I take on new coding lessons and a new song! If you have any thoughts or questions, I’d love to hear from you! And if you’re doing a coding challenge yourself, I’d love to connect and share support!
Here are a few resources I found especially helpful this week.
2021 Coding Challenge
The only way to get better at something is through practice. Learn more about my goals for coding in 2021 and how I plan to achieve them.