RapidWeaver is an amazing web development application for the Macintosh. But it's true potential emerges after adding the Stacks environment, creating a lego-like approach to website creation. Powerful, flexible, and extensible, Stacks turns RapidWeaver into a professional-grade web development tool. Sitting on top of Stacks is Foundry, a powerful, free-form framework for RapidWeaver that provides a set of tools ("stacks") to build attractive, responsive sites with drag-and-drop ease. The great thing about the RapidWeaver development community is that there is a robust effort to create new and innovative stacks. Working with these stacks, much like playing with legos, is simply downright fun.
RapidWeaver + Stacks + Foundry
Designing a website is part art and part science. While the value of a website is in its content, it still has to be interesting and informative. The goal of any presentation is to get the viewer’s attention and then to keep it. Building something is tied to the choice of tools used. As with any task, you have to learn how to use the tools at your disposal, first becoming an apprentice and then a craftsman. The creative aspect of building a website is taking those tools and then designing the look of the website. Design reflects creativity. It is what makes the work unique and is a confession of how one views the world.
What you see here is exactly how I envision designing a website. The website’s structure reflects how I think. The style used herein highlights my sense of what I think good design should look like. Hopefully, I did a satisfactory job in selecting the content, the history and the stories. My guiding principle has been to make this website visually interesting enough to get and keep the attention of my twin teenage boys. They live in a world of digital content and they play incredibly interesting video games. I have to compete with that. So, forgive me for incorporating an element or two of visual whimsy into this presentation about USS Elmore.
If you leave with an appreciation for the incredible job that the crew of USS Elmore did during WWII, then I have done my job. I hope you enjoy the voyage!