Play is having fun with design. Play gets the creative juices flowing, and helps to enrich even the most serious of projects.
For a number of years I have been teaching web design and development to online students, one-on-one. And for those who want it, I offer a crash course in Photoshop basics, including how to create a simple banner using layers. These samples were 15 or 20-minute improv sessions, put together on the fly. The results reflect imaginary businesses and such.
Leaf Site was pure play in Bootstrap, and a learning experience to see what could be done with the built-in columns and rows. This new portfolio site is based on some of what I figured out while developing that site.
Leaf Site is filled with my own leaf photography, paintings, and tree-inspired poetry.