Moving forward ~ summer 2018

I opted to start again from scratch, but maintain what I had learned from the previous version(view it here). At this point, I had more experience and entered this version with an organizational strategy.

wireframe of wayfinding

I used Figma and Sketch for digital prototyping in the past and since this was just a personal site, I figured it wouldn’t be necessary. In hindsight, I wish I did make a prototype because it would have been helpful to fully visualize the site as a system before I jumped in. Thankfully, Adobe Brackets has a preview feature for html documents, a feature that I now use religiously.

Because I decided that I was going to be organized and plan out my code, the first thing I needed to completely figure out was brand consistency. I wanted to be consistent with my color schemes as well as icons to maintain a cohesive look.

When it came to making visuals for the site, I looked into what graphics were important to me, for example my heritage.

Growing up, it was not always clear what role I was meant to assume in society especially with my skin color and gender. Therefore, when I thought about what image I wanted to present through my portfolio, my culture came instantly to mind. As an Asian American, I found myself struggling and continuing to struggle with , thus I found it appropriate to recreate the “chinese takeout box look” in my name to essentially reclaim my Asian American heritage.

Though I really liked the previous logo, as I moved onward with my site, I realized I could pay homage to my roots through layout and implication rather than a blatant visual.


As I mentioned before, identity has always played a critical, yet a conflicting role in my life.

Designer or engineer? or painting? Asian or american?

As I grow older, I have decided that whatever varying context in which I find myself, it’s alright to operate as none of them or even all of them.

Therefore, the reason I decided to brand as SAHO is twofold:

  1. was a more affordable and available url than any other dumb alternative I thought of.
  2. It allows me a sheer shroud of anonymity that I can operate behind and embrace all facets of my identity.

Moving on and once I developed my brand identity, I could move forward with layout and whatever ambitious JS effects I had planned.

Naturally I started with a normal HTML page framework with a sidebar, header and footer. My task was just to figure out all of those building blocks before I got carried away with layout.

Hard coded in Brackets using html and css as well as Jquery, fancybox, and custom JavaScript, I settled on this final site that you may feel free to peruse here. Perhaps I’ll revisit this sometime in the future, but for now it serves its purpose and solves it’s previous problems.

final site

Also, concurrently while I’m developing this site, I was personally also taking on quite the variety of design jobs, front-end developer included. With this on my mind, I figured developing professionally could be nothing but good and additional experience. However after this summer, I know one thing for certain: I have no intention of ever becoming a web developer.

What I did learn is that I enjoy prototyping and watching the iterative process progress over time. While this was a rather painful experience for me, needing me to deal with identity and organization, I learned about myself and what aspects of design excite me.

Thus moving forward, if you ask me to make a website for you, I’ll likely try my best to help but in the hacky, DIY way that I made my own site. Is that what you really want?

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