Redesign

I’ve been quietly working up a redesign for this blog at random moments a few minutes at a time. I was due to make a change — the last iteration lasted more than eight months.

You’ll find the usual bells and whistles and links down low, past a few recent posts.

Differences and details:

  • Bluer. Cleaner. Typographical. Light on images.
  • An emphasis on words, not “content.”
  • “In Other News” is now served by my Google Reader linkblog.
  • “Elsewhere” is delicious.
  • Inspiration included Daring Fireball, and the iA theme Zac Echola has been using, plus the theme Daniel Sato switched to not too long ago.
  • Also crucial: Compose to a vertical rhythm.
  • Built in WordPress 2.3+ on top of Sandbox 1.0, with the markup adjusted in quite a few places to serve my needs and cater to my obsessions regarding lists and divs.

I made a conscious effort to make this look a little more like a blog and a little less like a news site. And it was fun. You’ll find more posts on the homepage, which makes me happier about posting more often. We’ll see how that works out.

There are, as usual, a few unfinished bits, such as the navigation that points to about and work pages. I’ll get to that.

Is the type too small? Is anything out of place in IE6? Why are you using IE6? Stop doing that, right now.

6 Replies to “Redesign”

  1. Wow, this is a radical departure from the three-column designs that have been proliferating everywhere. I’m not so wild about the three-column model. But one column, hm … Seems overly minimalistic?

    Glad to see more than one post on the front.

    Don’t like scrolling to the bottom to check out the goodies.

  2. @Mindy – Thanks for the input!

    I’ll add some, er, minimalistic nav back to the top of the page.

    Alternately, I could rig up something tumbleloggish to throw deliciouness, shared gReader items, etc. into the main flow of the page as posts…

    That might be the direction I take this in.

  3. I love the iA Theme so much. It’s has a nice feel to it, I think.

    @Mindy McAdams – Personally, I like one column pages. They’re easier to read. I normally don’t go to blogs looking for design.

    I prefer emphasis on content and ideas. Navigation should be as easy as search.

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