Introducing www.nadiahle.nl! | Plans for Summer 2019 and the last half of 2019



Hello, it’s been a while… again.

So since mid July-August 2018, my portfolio website at www.nadiahle.ca was under construction; the decision came after a lengthly end-of-school-year reflection after I wrote my last final exam in August, actually. I slated to have it back up by December 2018/January 2019, but the Fall 2018 semester actually took a toll on me. After the first two weeks of September, next thing you know, I was working more than 24 hours a week as a part-time student while trying to keep up with two puny courses I was taking (I know, please don’t laugh or judge).

Then, I tried to have my website back up by Spring 2019.

That semester also took a toll on me, but this time, medical and compassionate grounds became the reason why. However, during finals season this April, I managed to pull it together and re-vamp my portfolio one by one. I like to think of the personal motto, “One day at a time”, during hard or challenging times.

I’ve always wanted to host a portfolio in which I can be proud to say I designed the entire website by myself. From the past five years using content management system websites with premade themes, such as WordPress and Squarespace, I think it was time for a change. Unfortunately, I’m no coding expert, but I did stumble across one website service that allows you to host your website and create it all from scratch, using drag and drop tools.

So as of this Summer 2019, I am extremely proud to present my newly made portfolio website at www.nadiahle.nl! The design inspiration came from countless hours of seeking inspiration from Pinterest, a typography design website called Typewolf, and various sites showcasing the design trend, known as “Brutalism”. Aspects of minimalism also played a role into my new website too. As for Brutalism, it is still a trend that many people are unfamiliar with, and will have to get used to. I’m hoping Brutalism still stick around in the years to come.

My old website had some serious lack of my own personal branding, so a change was long overdue. Squarespace was really the best, but I just felt like it lacked some serious, heavy customization.

One thing though, is the future of my blog. I love writing and sharing stories, but as of right now, I am uncertain as to where my blog might end up. Although it is possible to set up a content management system blog on Webflow, it will take some time to set up. Hopefully I am just overreacting and setting it up doesn’t take super long. In the meantime though, all blog posts will still remain on my Squarespace account at nadia-le.squarespace.com/blog.

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I am so happy and very much relieved for Summer 2019 so far. For the first time in my post-secondary career, I feel like I can enjoy a summer in which I have a steady, easy, and healthy balance between school, work, and other life commitments.

During the Spring 2019 semester, I actually had a change of heart and will now be doing a double minor in Interactive Arts + Technology (IAT) and Publishing, instead of the joint major in Communications and IAT that I had originally planned to do.

In the first week of June, I will be going on my first personal vacation since Summer 2015. I will be gone for nine days to Toronto and New York City.

Lastly, I am currently seeking Fall 2019 internship opportunities in either Toronto or Montréal. Because of the projects I have worked on this year, it would be neat to complete an internship in UX/UI design or in project management, and to expand my expertise to not just graphic design, social media, and writing.

I think that is it for now… see you in September 2019!

Cheers,
   

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