Free homepage design

Last week, Tommy visited me in Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh. After exploring the city a bit, he asked me to help him set up his academic homepage. Here is what he’s got.

Yutian Nie | PhD Candidate at Northwestern University

On the basis of his positive feedback, I am offering free personal homepage design under the following conditions.

  1. You must provide strong reasons that you need a homepage. For instance, if you were a PhD candidate and you need a homepage to display your academic experience. Or you are a designer or an artist, and you need a personal portfolio to exhibit your work.
  2. You must show interests in learning basic html syntax that would help you maintain your homepage if you have no previous experience with web development. You are advised to go through any of the recommended resources, which are Boot Up with Chrome, an article that I’ve written before, W3Schools HTML Tutorial and Code Academy’s HTML Fundamentals.
  3. The homepage should be backend free, which means it is purely written in html, css and javascript. No content management, no visitor counter and no user login.
  4. You must already have a domain name and a hosting server. Also you can purchase them if you don’t. Kindly note that often scholars or students in universities could apply for their professional subdomain and web hosting space in school.
  5. The subtext of ‘homepage’ is that it must be ONE-page. However, you are absolutely free to put any links on your homepage. You can also reuse my design throughout your website, but no further assistance will be provided.
  6. You appreciate clean and neat design and the philosophy of minimalism.
  7. Your homepage, once deployed, should always keep a footer that expresses your feeling towards my design. For instance, you can write things like ‘this is the most terrible design I’ve ever seen.’ Besides, you should put a link to my homepage in the footer as well.
  8. The estimated happiness of setting up your homepage must be non-negative.

If you have any question concerning your eligibility, please feel free to ask. The fine print of my service is as follows.

  1. Responsive web design that will automagically resize and render the optimal layout for various platforms such as desktop, mobile phone and tablet.
  2. A unique, fully customized and minimalistic design that best fits your content.
  3. Assistance to help you deploy the homepage to your server.

Legacy of Frank Lloyd Wright

Finally, I got a chance to visit Fallingwater, a house designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1935. I had long dreamed of this trip. And Wright didn’t let me down. As he is always right.

Fallingwater & Falling Water by Pan Liu

With narrow rooms inside, this house is organically designed so that people are ‘forced’ to come outside, to connect with the nature. On the other hand, we’ve seen rocks inside the living room and a corridor in the house, as an extension of the outside. This intertwined theme, the combination of nature and design, can be seen in every single dimension of this house.

Horizontal Rhythm Inside Out by Pan Liu

Another thing to notice is that Wright kept a uniformly horizontal rhythm in his design. The lines formed by shelves, tables, beds, etc. are aligned in such a paranoiac way. Even the stairs were designed without handrails so that the rhythm can be continued and extended.

Unfortunately, we only had the regular tour because the in-depth tour tickets were sold out when I was purchasing online. However, it gives me a good reason to see this place again. Maybe the brunch tour or the probably-overpriced sunset tour next time.