I know few people read these things so I will keep it brief, and if I do begin to bore you please do take the time to drop your thoughts in the comments. Thanks for visiting!
The basic concept for this design is something I tend to express in frustration every time I come across a website and am forced to bump the text size up or wait for all of the imagery to load up so that I can enjoy the content. The web is all about content and the goals of users is (in the majority of cases) to view that content or submit some form of content. Anything that complicates that process is just… unnecessary. I feel I’ve accomplished my goal of putting the content front and center.
I decided to be a little risky and am using Palatino as the king of the font family, it’s a relatively websafe font in my opinion, along with a few other fonts that are just beginning to see a little more use on the web. Palatino Linotype, the Windows equivalent ships default on Windows XP and Vista, and Mac’s have been shipping Palatino for quite some time. So if you unfortunately fall short here you’ll still get to enjoy the site in Georgia, or if you’re font-challenged, the default serif font of your operating system – shame on you.
The rest of the layout is based on a two column grid, split vertically using the golden ratio, better known as the number phi.
The menu may seem rather empty now, but I’m revamping the portfolio page (you can view the old one here) in the meantime and in the spirit of Getting Real, I’m launching the new blog regardless, personal projects just have a tendency to sit on the back burner forever. So I apologize for any glitches in Internet Explorer, the majority will get fixed shortly. But rather than add hacks to completely get everything perfect for IE6, there will be a few differences as it still fails to understand most CSS pseudo-selectors; so IE users will miss out on a few stylings here or there.
This site was made on a Mac, using Coda, Photoshop, and plenty of hand sketching and documenting. The blog uses the latest WordPress release as its base. The WordPress installation is extended with plug-ins for Recent Posts, Recent Comments, Similar Posts, and an improved admin interface thanks to the Tiger Admin Panel. I’m currently hosting through Media Temple.
Code highlighting is courtesy of Google’s Code Prettifier, and other miscellaneous scripts are made easier to write thanks to jQuery. The tabs in the footer are powered by Klaus Hartl’s jQuery Tabs script, which saved me a boat load of trouble since it does everything one could ask from a tab script and more.