In recent years, when I wanted to build a new site, I would design it first (naturally), and then prototype it in HTML, before manually porting it into a Drupal or Wordpress template. There's a lot of reasons and advantages for running a site on a CMS. There are tradeoffs though, and frequent maintenace and security updates must be applied.
So when I set out to build my new portfolio site, I decided that I didn't need the features of a full-blown CMS and wanted to try a new approach. After the usual process of analog sketches and then wireframing in Sketch, as well as graphical asset creation in Photoshop and Illustrator for the visual design phase, I did some research and discovered a new CSS framework called Materialize. This emerging framework is nowhere near as popular as Bootstrap or Foundation yet, but it is gaining traction and is based on the Material Design spec, which aligns well with much of my design philosophy. So, I decided to download it and give it a try. It was fun and easy to pickup. I realized that jQuery was integrated, which although it is a bit dated, is still very useful for my purposes. Materialize also leverages Web Font icons, which I was familiar with but hadn't actually worked with much before. Even though I love making my own icons, it was fun to learn a new, lightweight way to display icons (or glyphs, really). I then expanded the set with the Socicon web font. I found it enjoyable and easy to make my own styled social networking icons with it. I later discovered and leverged Entypo for the home page iconography as well, exported as PNGs via Sketch.
Finally, I hand-coded the site using Brackets editor from Adobe. I'm picky with my text-editors, but I like this quite a bit, after enabling a few add-on plugins. With that said, I have been eyeing Atom editor lately and may give that a try for a future project. I've been developing locally running a XAMPP server, and handling version control with Git + Github.
This concludes the geeky details portion of the site. If you're here because you're interested in having a talented and deeply experienced UX + UI Designer to add to your team, then I hope we get a chance to speak soon! Thanks again for stopping by.