Iterative Design

A lot of my day-to-day production work involves coding up designs into living HTML, CSS and JavaScript. Portland Cafés, my little side project with David, is different.

We initially focused on a working web app; it must function to be of any use. I began with Bootstrap, which was an easy way to throw together some markup and styles. As the site grows it becomes apparent that Bootsrap doesn’t solve our UI problems. Its design doesn’t fit the site’s content, too. But, there’s tests to write, performance to improve, and features to polish.

It’s an exercise in patience. I was finally able to roll out a new menu design last week, which improves navigation particularly for mobile visitors. Baby steps. It’s a new kind of challenge, but a rewarding one.