A minimalistic Next.js application

When it came to designing my portfolio, I wanted to make it represent my aspirations for simplicity and purpose. That is why there are no cluttered submenus, no useless footers, and no unnecessary information.

This site is primarily used as my portfolio, though it can also host random JS projects (check out my Tetris Game).


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Things learned

I love how minimalistic the final design is. It's not as extreme as some of my previous designs, but it strikes a perfect balance between looking formal, being useful and being a pleasure to look at.

Still, after I finished the development, I learned the lesson that trying to make a solution overly generic to meet a hypothetical future need is often a waste of effort and results in added complication.

This is because the needs change often, and the complicated generic solution can quickly become not generic enough, or the opposite - not needed at all as a different feature is in need.

This leads me to today, where I design the systems to be the simplest they can be to solve the current problem. Since the system it simple, it's small and agile. There is less code, thus fewer places for bugs to be in. Similarly, since it's small it's easier to extend or modify it once needs change.

One practical example of this is the fact that the portfolio was designed with full localization support, yet I did not indent to translate it to any other language. Localization middleware infected every component, and all for no good reason. Thus, I did the refactoring where I got rid of localization support. If the day would come when it would be needed, then I would created a new localization solution as best fitting the requirements of the day. Until then, I can enjoy some more simplicity.