7Words was a great project to work on. It was a submission for one of my University modules - one which I mistook for the actual coursework - so I speant quite a bit of time working on it, only to find it wasn't really getting marked. Oops :P Deftones have been one of my favorite bands for quite some time, something about Chino's lyrics just speak to me.
When developing 7Words, I took some influence from their website at the time (circa 2010) and what sort of themes I would employ if I was actually going to make a fan site for them. The dark and grungy look is quite common among the genre and was especially true of deftones.com and other fan sites of that time.
I was hoping to make use of a web-based version of the deftones font for use on headings, but browser support at that was was lacking - that and my coursework was more than likely going to be marked and tested using Internet Explorer, meant I had to be very careful what I presented. I didn't make use of any frameworks, the HTML and CSS were built by myself from the ground up. I only knew I wanted a 3 column layout and enough modern features to keep is seeming fresh, but that would also gracefully degrade in older browsers.