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03 31 2008
Please Enjoy

Changes on the Horizon

Design changes that is.

The problem for me is with the way things are set up now. I feel compelled to only write articles, and any time that I write something shorter and less important, it pushes the ones that are more important further down the page. So I need to do some reformatting to keep those important articles at the top, while allowing myself the freedom to post more often by not feeling the need to write a full article. The good news is, changing this means I’ll be posting more frequently.

Another issue is the body copy, Palatino doesn’t work well at small sizes, and though most people haven’t complained, I find myself annoyed by it at times lately. The last thing I want to do is be inhibiting the readability of the content; it’s the most important thing! So that will be another focus point for me, as well as making it easier to find and decide upon what content a user wants to read.

Lastly, the markup is a bit ugly, and hardly optimized for SEO, so that’s going to get an upgrade as well.

Self-Inflicted Deadline

By ‘self-inflicted’ I do mean it in the wound sense. Deadlines suck, but they do force a result. A problem most of us face when designing for ourselves are the countless iterations we go through, and before you know it, a redesign becomes a months long project just deciding on a particular look and feel. So I’m setting a deadline for myself, April 14th. This also happens to be the date of MinneWebCon, which I’ll be attending.

Two weeks to go; I’m going to need some Red Bull.

Ten

Responses

  1. Good luck! I can’t wait to see what you come up with.

  2. Another issue is the body copy, Palatino doesn’t work well at small sizes, and though most people haven’t complained, I find myself annoyed by it at times lately. The last thing I want to do is be inhibiting the readability of the content; it’s the most important thing!

    Very good idea, indeed! I often wondered why you’ve chosen a font which makes for a subpar screen reading experience.

  3. I look forward to see what you come up with, on the 14th. Good luck on the fixing up of the code and design. Sometimes, you just gotta do what you gotta do. I’d definitely like to see more content coming from you, especially since it’ll be easier, organizationally.

  4. Happy coding :)

  5. Do yourself a favor and stay away from Red Bull. However, good luck with the redesign!

  6. I don’t have any complaints about the legibility of Palatino, but I can see why it might be an issue depending on screen resolution. However, I have to say that Rockstar works much better than Red Bull, despite it’s radioactive color and taste. Your mileage may vary.

  7. I love what I’ve seen so far and I’m sure the final product will be even better. Good luck with coding and try not to swear too much.

    By the way, you’re all crazy. The order of energy drinks as established by the gods is quite clear. Full Throttle, Red Bull, Monster Chaos, Rockstar, Amp, Red Bull Sugar Free, all other Monsters.

  8. As a great admirer of this design - it was one that was very much in the back of my mind when I was doing root and branch hacking from the ground up to my recently installed theme - I reluctantly have to agree with you about Palatino (especially as someone who is short-sighted). I wanted to use it for my body copy, but in the end went with it for titles only, returning to an old favourite of sans serif Lucida Grande / Lucida Unicode for the majority of the text. It was rather a wrench, but I’m glad I did.

    I look forward to seeing what changes you introduce.

  9. @Everyone: Thanks for the well wishings. Also, Sugarfree Red Bull is my personal energy drink of choice. Never was much of the coffee type.

    @An Unreliable Witness: I agree, it’s a beautiful typeface, and the design that I’ve been working actually forgoes it entirely. In fact, with the exception of blockquotes, its completely sans-serif!

  10. Looking forward to seeing the new design. It will be hard to top this one. :)