The Akkermans!

Website, Digital Calling Card

The Akkermans website as viewed on a laptop and an iPad to show the different gradient orientations. Poster image showing the gradient and A mark used on The Akkermans website.

There is a toggle button for a “friend mode” which swaps content and constantly fluctuates between different gradient combinations.

A compilation of screen captures showing the different friend mode color gradient options.

Sure, we each have our own portfolio websites, but this day and age you need to snatch up a good web domain when you find one. In our case, there were none more important than Since I focus on web design and development my wife gave me free rein to design and build something I believe fits our personalities and combines our individual brands. For one, her colors are orange and blue, while mine are orange and green. After eliminating the duplicate orange, I created a background gradient that spanned from her blue to my green. This also helps convey a chill, relaxed vibe that we try to channel in our daily lives. For a more conceptual detail, the gradient will change its orientation to match the orientation of the profile images. When viewed on large screens it extends from the upper-left to the lower-right, but when the profiles are stacked, the gradient changes to a linear top-to-bottom direction.

To add an additional challenge, I tried to write all the scripts for this website using pure JavaScript. I have been so reliant on jQuery lately that I wanted to make sure I could figure out how to translate my idea back to JavaScript without needing to compromise my design. It also helped reduce the number of items to load during the page rendering since I wouldn’t need the jQuery library in addition to the custom script.


Website, Digital Calling Card


Abril Fatface, Open Sans, Social Media Icons


JavaScript, Color Mixing, Spousal Compromise



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An information graphic showing how the gradient orientation changes to match the profile image orientation.