My name is Simon and I graduated NYU Tandon with a BS in CS in May 2021.
The langauge that I'm most skillful in is C++, although I am familiar with Python and JS.
I first thought about using Wordpress or SquareSpace but ultimately decided not to and built this website from scratch. I wanted this website to function as a "digital pamphlet" - I wouldn't know who got my pamphlet, where they got it or when they got it. I did not know whether these hosting services collected these information and to what extent they tracked the visitors to their site. In addition to the tracking angle, building this site and deciding which font to use, what color palette to use, designing it and implementing it using HTML and CSS was pretty fun.
I put design philosophy in quotes because to me, design philosophy is something that is set out as a guideline for other people to follow. But I was designing this website with certain design goals in mind, so I guess that design philosophy is a semi-correct term. I wanted this design to be simple (both visually and functionally), have dark mode, and reflect what I thought to be "good design". To get more into simplicity, I wanted to find the right balance between too little and too much. It's easy to get too focused on simplicity and make things simple on the surface while not being functionally simple. The inverse can be true as well. It's easy to get too focused on providing too much information as much as possible that the user will become inundated with information (Pied Piper's UI is a good example). I think I achieved the right balance here. Besides, it's not like I have that much information to display anyways, so I was lucky in that regard.