About? The site history instead of the about!
It’s quite amusing: although this site was launched in 2014, its story has started a long time ago. I came up with the very first version in 2010. Well, it wasn’t a real website. Back then it was just a simple HTML page with an image in the header. I’ve had so many versions of my personal website that I lost its count. Each year, between 2010 and 2014, I had been announcing that I plan to release my website. However, due to my perfectionism I had been failing every time. I had been caring for compatibility with Internet Explorer, perfect code, 100% test coverage, pixel-hunting and other unimportant things. The key point I had been missing is that a website isn’t about the design, but about the content.
The first version is dated on the 11th of January 2010. The site’s headline was “Kyrylo Silin: internet and life.”, with a full stop in the end. I really had no idea why I wanted a website. The next version has appeared during the same year and it was even more simple. I don’t have a graphical evidence, though.
On the 8th of August in 2011 I to created a new version. This time the headline was “Kyrylo Silin: not merely super”, with the full stop, again. The screenshot below demonstrates one of the variants of the design. I remember that I had been working during the hot summer nights and been experimenting with the layout a lot.
What’s interesting is that the 2011 version was way more funky. This is the introduction page that precedes the index page.
The greeting has already had some strange flavour of surrealism, and when you fill out the password form, you unlock “different versions” of the website. To be honest, I can’t explain what I meant anymore. All I can tell you is thank goodness you don’t understand Russian.
One notable thing about that form is how the transition of the password confirmation is done.
This version hasn’t lost its funkiness. A glance at the photos is enough to tell that it still has its strange charm. The headline says “Only Black and White”, without the full stop. Today’s website is based on the ideas from 2012.
I started working on the 2013 version in December. I had decided to release the website on the 31th of December as a New Year’s present to myself. I failed. This version is more mature and doesn’t have any weird content except the black pyramid. The prototype page is available online.
So the next milestone was my birthday, the 25th of February, which already was 2014. I was very intent. I had been working hard to implement my project and…
I failed. Again. I wasn’t satisfied with the quality of the 2013 version, so I redesigned it from the top to the bottom. This time I polished everything I could. I must mention that I have had two versions of this design. The timeline has received a lot of my attention and efforts. For the bigger resolutions you can right-click on an image and open it in a new tab.
So when I started programming it, I realised that it’s too complex for a personal website. I couldn’t be bothered implementing everything I designed.
2014 and later on
Welcome, you’re viewing the modern version. I decided to take the layout of the 2014 version and simplify everything inside. The modern version takes a lot of ideas from all its predecessors. The path that I walked has been very long and painful.
All of old. Nothing else ever. Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.
– Samuel Beckett
The real about
In this section I probably need to explain what “Only Black and White” actually means and why the site’s logo is that cube. The headline refers to my character and how I perceive this world. It seems like I can see only the black and the white tones. However, the cube with the rainbow inside shows that it’s not quite true. Between the black and the white you can observe a lot of interesting information and feelings. The combination of colours, vertices and edges form an arrow, which refers to the constant self-development.