A. M. Douglas

Q: Why do you have a Brutalist Website?
A: There are a few reasons. One reason is that I care about performance on the web; this naturally influenced me to keep my personal website simple, though not without structure, so as to transmit as little data as possible to anyone visiting it. I am very tired, as I am sure many regular users are, of websites which bombard you with fixed/sticky navigation bars, modal popups, adverts and autoplaying videos and all of those other hateful things that cause me to blacklist a website in the back of my mind. I also do not want to convey any sort of brand image or crap like that. While branding is a popular thing to do these days, I prefer to portray myself as a stagehand — ​appearing without colourful costume or character, but quietly responsible for arranging the stage for my clients. It​ i​s true​ that, by k​eeping my own website bare in terms of styling, I also avoid time-consuming decisions about which colours to use​ and what image to create​, ​but that honestly wasn't my motivation. ​​​Ultimately, simplicity and efficiency are at the heart of everything I do. When I write code, I use the most robust, most efficient and simplest way to do something, so that my solution is neat and fast and so that bugs are less likely to arise and are easily detected and addressed when they do.​

Q: Who designed the website?
A: Me​, Adam Douglas. I originally designed it as an old fashioned newspaper because I wanted to use CSS3 Columns for something; nowadays my website has a grid-driven design because I have a strange fascination with grids.
Q: Who coded the website?
A: Me​, Adam Douglas.​​​​ The back-end is my fork of the Ghost CMS implementing additional features like contact us, payments (via Stripe) and search. ​The front-end is HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript and (for posts) AMPHTML.
Q: With what kind of editor?
A: Caret​. I generally use Sublime Text, but I made my website in my recreational time and I keep a Chromebook for off-the-clock activity — which usually still involves programming. Caret is a pleasant substitute for Sublime Text on Chrome OS.