Northstar.nu is a collective of all fan tributes I make, and serves as my online home away from
the craziness that is real life. Bought in January 2019 (replacing domains I bought in 2008 and 2017), this domain is generously hosted by Lysianthus at Leprd Space.
The north star, perhaps better known as "polaris," has come to mean the star to which the earth always faces. I have heard it used idiomatically to refer to that one person to whom your heart is anchored; labeling someone as your north star is metaphorically referring to him or her as your soulmate. Clearly, the
monoshipper romantic in me chose a domain name that is a very apt image for the kinds of lovers that appeal to me the most: one true loves, with whom no one else will do.
Northstar.nu is a fanworks-oriented domain, where I produce and house small online projects that have something to do with fandom consumption: reading fics, collecting doujinshi, and creating and joining fanlistings. (I'm a big animation and animanga fan, so you'll see a lot of those here.) Since I consider myself a shipper, you will find that most of my projects are romantic in nature.
I've been making personal websites as a secret pastime (off and on) since 1999. I find it soothing to create something beautiful and functional, using a skill that no one in real life will ever believe I have. (Dissociation is key to sanity, sometimes.) This domain, then, also exists to prove that—apparently—webdesign as a hobby is cheaper than therapy. xD
Because I am not an artist by profession, I cannot really say there is a theory or method to my design; I just go with what I think looks pretty. I tend to be partial to minimalist, asymmetrical layouts that emphasize whitespace and the merging of the foreground to the background. Occasionally, I would go for balanced, clean lines and a polished look. The art style I am always drawn to is the impressionistic style—I love the look of rough sketches and watercolors, and this will be rather obvious in all sites in this domain.
I respect the copyright of original images and merchandise, so I only use fanart for all my designs, and only when permission is given by their respective artists. Current layout is version tw of the site, and features a Natalie Portman fanart by Mario Teodosio (IG & FB), augmented by royalty-free textures and stock photos from Pixabay.
I offer the following services for free, in case you wish to avail of them:
The design and contents of this site are not to be duplicated nor redistributed.
Below are all my online projects lovingly produced and housed in this domain. Sites are sorted according to type.
Here are other personal sites and collectives I admire. Pay them a visit, too!