Very, very simply. You can see a small history of my previous personal sites and an even smaller history of some professional sites. The common denominator is simplicity; I like a page to load quickly and be pleasant to look at with a focus on content. I’m of the opinion if you have to gussy something up, there’s not much there so I stick to white backgrounds and black font so that when people print out the page, they can actually read the text. I’ve won and been nominated for several design awards (including SXSW Web Awards in 2003 & 2006) and also had write ups done on why my design works. For more of my design, please visit my portfolio. Where do I get inspiration? Everywhere possible. From magazines, to walking down the street to just sitting on the lawn. I like to walk the world wide eyed and pay attention. This helps me to stay creative.
I’ve been using Dreamhost for the past four years and they are web hosting rock stars. For $10/per month I have e-mail, autoresponders, mailing lists, form mails, lots of storage, web hosting and a good support network. I recommend them.
I use a macbook Pro and Apple Cinema23″ Flat Panel Display. I love them and would marry them would it be legally possible. Other hardware I use includes my Canon i9900 Printer, Canon LiDE 80 Scanner and a Wacom Intuos Tablet (all of which I highly recommend).
My software stash includes Adobe Creative Suite Premium (which has Photoshop, Illustrator, Indesign & Acrobat) for graphics, Dreamweaver (although I mostly hand-code on TextEdit), and Transmit to FTP it to the web (I recommend Cute FTP for Windows).
The site has run on several web services since 1995 from self-coding to Blogger to MovableType. In August 2008, AlextheGirl.com was converted to WordPress 2.6