Why my portfolio website sucks

My website really sucks, but that's ok. I make an effort to be critical and self-reflective on my work.

On an annual basis, I commit a month of time to trash and renew this website to better represent my growing values as a designer.

A stick figure man burning up in flames.
  • I spent alot of time thinking about how little control I have in my work. Alot of that was focused around the mediums I use.

    The 2020 homepage of my portfolio features a new tagline and a stronger focus on content.
  • 2019 popped my bubble of naive realism and projection bias. As a result, I want to create more meaningful and inclusive products.

    The 2019 homepage of Josh Kim UX was set on a white background. It was titled Inclusive UX Researcher and Designer with a yellow call to action and my ugly face on the right.
  • I didn’t sit down in front of my computer to muscle an update in one go. Instead, it was an iterative process.

    The 2018 homepage of Josh Kim UX was set on a grey card above a white background. It was titled My name is Josh Kim with a cheesy graphic of myself sitting in a suit. I cringe every time.
  • I am a UX Designer. I am not a graphic designer. I am not developer. Can I do work in both? Yes, but that’s not what I want to communicate.

    An illustrator artboard of various versions of my logo. It featured three blocky squares shaped to read out KIM along with two wireframe circles to mimic my Korean first name Young.
  • The doubt kicked in. Maybe my website really is bad. No, sweet and innocent younger me, it sucked and it always will.

    My 2016 portfolio featured a small picture of me in front of a Korean cathedral. The page was titled F/design which stands for Feather Design along with my supposed titles at the time: ux designer, graphic artist, and web developer.