Joe Bailey Photography

In order to use many of the new Web Technologies you first need a platform to test them on. This is my photography website. I am very passionate about photography and like to keep my website as close to the cutting edge as possible.

Re-creating my Portfolio with React

I’ve just finished recreating my portfolio using React. There aren’t very many visual changes apart from changing the hover effects a little. The site features a lot of repetitive content, such as portfolio items. React is good for this because I can create a component for the item which minimizes the amount of coding required. Having components also saves time in the long run because if I want to update a component I’ll only have to do it once rather than multiple times. As part of the process, I tried to make the code more readable, by including comments in each file, and separating out the Sass so it’s more manageable.

After attending several interviews, there was a common question that came up: What technologies did I use for a particular project? As a result of this, I have included icons beneath each project in my portfolio indicating the different technologies that I used. I have also brought back the GitHub contributions image.

Weather app

 

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My friend made a weather app so that they could learn APIs. I decided to fork it and take it a step further by experimenting with CSS Houdini, Variable Fonts, CSS Variables, and new browser APIs such as the Speech Synthesis API.

Features

Future Ideas

  • Turn notifications on and off and have icon reflect that.
  • Send notifications every 30 minutes even if app is not opened.
  • Use more bleeding edge APIs (Suggestions welcome).

A new Portfolio with Vue.js

To mark the beginning of my second year at University I thought that I would try learning a new skill, namely Vue.js. I usually struggle to learn something if I don’t see any real practical application for it, but this time I figured I could turn my photography portfolio into a dynamic Vue.js enhanced page.

I started with creating a component for the portfolio elements on the homepage. I created a data set that contained all the information for the component. Vue then iterated over each one and created them. I then did the same for the images, once you’d clicked through to a specific component.

Next, I had to implement Vue Router, in order to get dynamic URLs. This was very tricky and took me a while to figure out that I needed to place the Portfolio page within a subfolder to apply .htaccess rules to it. Everything works now and it’s even a better way of showing all the images at once compared to the old method of just having the images pop up in a Lightbox. This would have never been possible without Vue as it would have taken too much time to hard code each image (there are 100s).

The next steps are to do a bit more styling and arrange the photos so that portraits and landscapes aren’t all next to each other breaking the flow of the page. I’m also going to take this as an opportunity to go through my portfolio and slim them down to around 25 of my best photos. The code is quite messy too so I might put each component in its own Vue file. In the far future, I’m thinking about possibly using Vue Native to turn the portfolio into an app.

Overall, it’s been a great experience learning Vue and it’s one step closer to a full-time developer role after I graduate.

Cookie Consent

Over the past couple of months, I’ve added some Analytics software to my site such as Google Analytics and Facebook Pixel. As my website serves customers in the EU, the Cookie Law applies. I have used JavaScript to ensure that cookies are not fired until the user has explicitly accepted them on the website. A button and banner are shown at the bottom of the screen for new users.

Disabled Peoples Voice

I got in touch with this client through Solent Creatives. They needed a website and shop to showcase their charitable work. They sell cards to raise money for charity and the site has a lot of info about them, and their events.

They had already hired a graphic designer and he gave me a PSD of each page. I then developed a custom theme for the site making sure it was pixel perfect.

I then conducted thorough cross-browser testing before showing the website to the client who was very happy with it.

Re-doing my portfolio

I built my web design portfolio site over the Christmas of 2018 and decided it needed a bit of a refresh during the summer.

I got in touch with the @_tashhockey, the person behind Honest Feedback, to give my website a bit of a review. She made some really good points and brought to light the fact that I was trying to make my website too much. It was my personal space to show off my work, it was for clients, and for future employers.

It took me a few months, but I decided I was going to focus on making my website a portfolio to show future employers. Something else is in the works to show clients.

I took out a lot of the content which had the added benefit of making the page load a lot quicker, and took a lot less time to scroll through. It now features my best websites and that’s it.

On mobile I made the portfolios scroll horizontally which means that the user doesn’t have to scroll past loads and loads of content.

I’m really happy with the design of the website so I only made some minor tweaks to colours to make things more legible. Redoing my portfolio provided me with a chance to brush up on my JavaScript and jQuery skills too.