I have started work on a redesign of this blog, this post is to refine my thoughts and elicit your opinions on what is good, memorable or just damn ugly about this blog.
The current design was a rushed proof of concept, it is untidy and a few things annoy me, particularly the typography.
The colour palate, the excessive use of orange and the orange star have be commented on a number of times. So I intend to keep these features, they may be memorable for the wrong reasons, but they uniquely identify this blog.
There will be subtle changes, even the addition of another colour. However, the dominance of orange will remain.
The orange star has gone from being a design element to my logo by accident or bad design, so it will remain, might even get a tshirt with it on for SXSW (yes more shameless self promotion).
Fluid Elastic design
This is easily the most controversial part of the design. I get more comments on this than any all the other design elements combined. The most common that my font size is too big.
After spending the last couple of months using a laptop with a 15 inch screen at 1600 by 1200 and refusing to change the resolution just to browse web sites, I appreciated this feature and expect that most of the increasing number of visitors using high resolution laptops do to.
I will make a number of changes:
- Not to change the font size when visitors have settings different from default.
- Let visitors set their own preferred font size for the site.
- When visitor’s have their browser set to a letter box format (the browser window is much wider than high). The font size will be relative to browser height.
I have already done most of the work on the typographic stylesheet, you will see far more consistent vertical height of all typographical elements and this will carry over to other elements of the design and graphical elements.
I will move to a three column layout, to produce a consistent navigation and look across the site. Currently different page type: home page, post and archives all have slightly different navigation and a different look and feel.
The current blog relies on a modified Kubrick theme. I have a few issues, regarding the semantics and SEO assumption made by the creators of Kubrick and while the Kubrick theme is good, Sandbox is better for what I need. Though it will be modified to suit my needs.
The use of Flash for scalable vector images will probably increase, however this will require the use of iframe shims to resolve the issue of layering Flash and HTML with Mac and *nix Flash plugins.
There will be unobtrusive advertising, not because I need or want to make money with this blog, it was the result of reading Brian Clark of Copyblogger’s what’s in it for you.
Work to do