What a difference 25 years makes...
Back in 1995 I made fun of Windows '95 for its large colorful buttons. I referred to it as "Fisher Price's My First Operating System". Fast forward 25 years and similar buttons appear all over the current version of my website. Just look around the site today. Big colorful buttons everywhere from the main menu, to the sharing buttons on this page. How did I get here?
For a long while, the main purpose of the homepage of this site was to serve as a way for people to connect with me. A series of links to my various sites and social media presence. Provide people a way to contact me: my phone number, email address and links to messenger services. It's worked well, with some solid SEO, if you google my name, my homepage tends to be the first hit.
About 3 or 4 years ago I realized that although the site rendered fine on mobile, the smaller links were hard to hit, especially for people with motor problems. While I was pondering this, I was watching something on my AppleTV and as I looked at the interface it occurred to me that this is what I needed for the home page. I built the page and thought that was that.
Fast forward to this year when I decided to merge all of my sites into one site with a common theme. The homepage was well received and I wanted to see if I could extend the metaphor to across the site.
So in this year's redesign the main menu is contained in a popup with big button and also appear on most pages of the site. I like the look and we'll see how it goes.