Druid11 Dec 2016
So lately I have been thinking about changing my image online.
This is mainly because the current image is very similar to your average techy joe, I wanted to differentiate myself from the crowd. I also wanted my new brand to be a bit more fun and enthusiastic to better suit the side of my brand in the game dev community.
- Similar enough that all my hard SEO work on “Jono Shields” wasn’t wasted.
- Fun and silly, but still clever. No sophistication required though.
- Covers regular tech and game dev.
- A clean aesthetic that is easily identifiable.
This idea was actually taken from a friend (Nat) whose current role is Battle Mage at a fantastic VR Studio called Conical. Drawing inspiration from the fantasy realm, the role of battle mage insinuates a mastering of both the magical and physical aspects of battling. To be a technical artist/generalist you have to have mastery of both the practical sword (artistic utensil) and magical enchantments (source code).
I figure that I am basically a Druid, I write powerful spells to achieve things that human abilities on their own can not. I have libraries dedicated to the spells I write, they are open and other wizards can use them and learn from them. I also carry with me my Tome (laptop) that allows me quick access to my spells.
With this in mind I started drawing a self portrait of myself in an adventure time style. I went with this aesthetic because it was clean and easy to reproduce and at I was heavily inspired by the character of Magic Man in the cartoon.
And my interpretation of Jono…
Next I had to learn how to use Inkscape so that I could vector my magnificent art piece so that it could be super lovely and clean.
Then I fleshed out a website using a template I borrowed from Launchaco. Added some bright colours, a fun wizard quote and played with the layout a bit. I also made a couple of web service calls to grab my twitter follower count and public github repo count for some interesting up to date numbers.
And here is the current state of druidjono.com.
- I want to make some more art to use as profile pics and such.
- Add meta tags to all the things.
- Figure out a strategy to merge this with my current brand and social media accounts.