A Hoarder’s Diary is a collection of items from my workspace and archive.
The idea for creating longform, single page projects first came to me from my mentor Randall Packer in 2014, who has a Wordpress project built around the idea of the longform, and it was a visual spectable of layered animations.
With the single page project sites, I was able to do the following:
1. Build an archive section.
I wanted an archive section that functions differently from the main site. Something funky and playful, that reflects the amateur spirit of my older experiments. Some of my older work had helped to inform my current understanding of design, and how to combine the artistic and functional aspects of my practice. This is important to me, and I wanted the archive section to still be able to live someplace online.
2. Make time for play.
This is also a space for me to upload mini projects that I do for fun. As a full-time designer, it is my job to ensure the things I create meet certain expected standards. I’ve cultivated a sense of perfectionism that I carry over to my personal projects. This space is a reminder for me to still continue to experiment and play with ideas and conceptualisation.
3. Connect the dots.
Don’t throw any of yourself away. Don’t worry about a grand scheme or unified vision for your work. Don’t worry about unity—what unifies your work is the fact that you made it.
—Austin Kleon, Steal Like An Artist
I love the idea of creating various different pages, that somehow still belong together. It also describes all of the things I’ve ever made. I like to illustrate, design, and fiddle around with web pages, and all of these creations are very different. This is where I can connect the dots.