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Minimalist Portfolio - Landing Page

beyondtheinferno profile image Raagul N ・2 min read

So, ideation and brainstorming phase was done, requirements for the site were ready. Next step would be designing right?

Well...

I decided to go straight to development with the idea I had without trying it out in a designing tool like Figma first. It's almost never a good move, but in my case it helped me discover mix-blend-mode and background-blend-mode in CSS.

The main attraction in the landing page

The idea from the start was to have an SVG text element of my name with a clipPath & gentle gradient at the center of the page. Social media icons below the text and a dark mode toggle at the top right corner. But because of the discovery of blend mode and some cool examples like this and this, I decided to remove the gradient and put in small circles in a packed layout that would be masked by the clip path.

Changes I ended up making -

  1. Made the circle radius to vary between 1 to 7 randomly to increase the effect on blend mode
  2. Used mix-blend-mode screen and knew I would be using multiply for the dark mode

Without blend mode
Without blend mode

With blend mode
With blend mode

The icons

Development of icons section was pretty straighforward, a responsive SVG image to depict the social media / website it stood for, and a hover state to help users know that it was an interactible element with action.

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Icons with the hover state
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Dark mode

Even before researching, from a user's perspective, I already knew all the necessities to create a good dark mode toggle by using them in other websites -

  1. Should respect OS' color scheme
  2. User should be able to toggle the mode
  3. User should not have to re-assign his preference after quitting the website and re-opening it the next time (local storage)

I had started implementation using Theme Context when I discovered use-dark-mode. They had all my requirements in a single hook, so why re-invent the wheel?

Preview

Light mode
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Dark mode
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With that, my portfolio was a wrap.

Wait, that's it? Find out in the next post :)

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