Twelve Websites

I'm building one website per month for a year.

I like to make websites. I've made a lot of them in the past.

It takes a long time for me to make a website as a side project. Depending on the reason for making it, I often spend most of that time thinking, implementing something, changing my mind, and repeating the process. Sometimes I start with an interface in mind, but often the reason for creating the site evolves as it takes shape, so I shift what the interface is and refocus. Despite how long this takes, I like it because it means I get to spend a lot of time engaged in the experience of making. The process is, after all, the whole point. The end product is often not that impressive or interesting.

I'd like to force a different way of approaching this. I want to see what happens when I am bounded by a timeframe; just one month to turn something that could be a website into a website. I have a very constrained amount of time to dedicate to this project, probably somewhere around 2-6 hours a week. That will require that what I make is simple in concept, design, and implementation.

Of course this means what I make each month will be the product of less than 25 hours worth of effort. I don't want to make a shitty versions of what could be bigger websites, I want to make websites can be complete in less than 25 hours worth of effort. That means SIMPLE.

To be honest I have no idea what simple really means in this context. The point of this project is to figure that out. What is simplicity in design, implementation, and process?

January 1, 2021

May: Simplest.page

A website that creates small websites from emails.

April: Proto-Hyperfov

A website for browsing between websites visually.

March: Maybe One Dimension

A website for plain HTML + CSS conversations.

February: Classic Interfaces

A website for snapshots of interfaces from pre-2000's operating systems.

January: PhraseRanker

A website for collecting phrases we're tired of hearing.