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A Redesign is a Comin'

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UPDATE

I just flipped the switch and moved every­thing over so it should all be done. Let me know if you find any­thing that looks weird, espe­cially those of you on a PC. Enjoy.

Yup… again. I’m start­ing to grow out of this cur­rent design. I need some­thing more flex­i­ble with more real estate for the posts and for side wid­gets. Bet­ter typog­ra­phy and usabil­ity as well.

You’ll notice that I’ve also begun to pre­pare the most recent posts to work with the new design. I’m set­ting some visual stan­dards. A slight change in how I write out the head­lines. Pre­vi­ously I use to cap­i­tal­ize all the words in a title includ­ing “a”, “the”, “of”, “is”, “on” and so on. Now I’m using a form of Title Cas­ing where the first and last words in the title are cap­i­tal­ized as well as any word four or more let­ters. I’m also set­ting an image height of 700px for con­sis­tency. You’ll see what I mean when I launch the new design.

It’s pretty much done, I’m just mak­ing some final tweaks and I’ll prob­a­bly flip the switch tomor­row evening. I hope you guys dig it.        

46 Comments on "A Redesign is a Comin'"

  • Joey says

    Such a tease…

    Look­ing for­ward to it, though.

  • Dan says

    Very sneaky giv­ing us a lit­tle pre­view just to entice us. Well, it worked for me!

  • Glenn says

    Man, can’t wait! Come on Anto­nio let’s see it ;)

  • Kara says

    I’m look­ing for­ward to see­ing it!!

  • Nikolay says

    Look­ing good from the tiny thingy there!
    Good luck with the change Antonio.

  • It’s nice to have friends in high places
    What­ever that means… ;)

  • johno says

    Look­ing for­ward to the redesign. Any chance of a pri­vate viewing?

  • josh says

    can’t wait to see it. Oddly enough i had a bit of insom­nia last night and went back through your posts for as long long time, i think i maxed out at 95 pages or so before i needed to sleep or pass out, one of the 2.

    Noticed the posts as it pro­gressed when you would men­tion a new design, but mind it kind of erie how it men­tions change, but since it changes your entire blog, just a weird obser­va­tion. along with a sleepy ramble.

    but back to the point, i’m sure it’ll look great look for­ward to the switch flip­ping. i’ve been try­ing to start my own blog on things that visual inter­est me but am hav­ing a lot of trou­ble com­ing up with a name i want grow out of too fast.

  • tease — very excit­ing — can’t wait

    Will there be some pro­mo­tional badges soon? I would love to buy one with the logo printed on…

  • Antonio says

    Sarah, do you mean a pin?

  • d. says

    Hi Anto­nio, I luu­uuv your blog. i’ve been check­ing out Mar­ber, Word­Press, etc, and I still won­der how you do it. Any handy tuto­ri­als you may know?

  • Hello Anto­nio — yeh a pin/button badge?

    I’d be inter­ested for sure.

  • Kaitlin says

    I’m all a-twitter with anticipation.

  • Any thoughts to give the old theme up for oth­ers to use?

  • josh says

    looks good, excited as well to see how it fills up as you ad more, if it’s always 2 up at a time and then they shift down and over as they go or how it will works. Def­i­nitely like the big­ger images, and the wider design since i run a huge res­o­lu­tion it’s nice to take up some more of that space.

    Gets me in the mood to work on mine if i can just get the name of it

  • michael says

    hey nice job!

  • Antonio says

    Damn you guys are quick! I’m port­ing over all the wid­gets and plu­g­ins so bare with me for a few min­utes. Also surf around and see if you find any­thing out of wack. I already see that the com­ments look funky. I’ll fix that. You’ll notice a lit­tle but­ton at the top right labels Open Nav­i­ga­tion. Check that out.

  • Anto­nio nice to see it in action. Well done mate :)
    Are you think­ing of inte­grat­ing a drop-down / accor­dion for the links at the bottom?

  • Antonio says

    David, thanks. No I’m going to keep it opened.

  • Joey says

    Lookin’ good, Anto­nio! Though I have to say the extra let­ter spac­ing in the menu is kind of irritating.

  • Antonio says

    Joey thanks. The let­terspac­ing on the nav is set to .1em which is not much at all. I spaced them out a tiny bit just to make it more legible.

  • Angelo says

    I’m not a big fan of the huge num­bers to the right and the long list of links below, but except for those two annoy­ances, it’s a ter­rific clean design :)

  • Bebsy says

    Your site has been a grower with me ini­tially not too sure but then after a week or so it becomes like a com­fo­rat­bel pair of slippers.

  • Nicola says

    Sorry Anto­nio, i pre­fer the old one.

  • Antonio says

    @Angelo
    I had the same issue so I’ve made adjust­ments to both.

    @Bebsy
    Glad you enjoy the site and thanks for reading.

    @Nicola
    No prob­lem. We all have our likes and dis­likes. I hope it doesn’t keep you from vis­it­ing the site.

  • Mo. says

    I came to get inspired as usu­ally and saw that the inter­face changed. I was pretty excited as it looks great. Love the drop down menu. But when I started my researched I couldn’t fig­ure out how to find the pieces i loved. Too many things hap­pen­ing. don’t know where to look. I’ll have to go some­where else until I fig­ure it out. Sorry. Thought you should know…

  • Antonio says

    Mo thanks. All the con­tent is all there, noth­ing is miss­ing. You can eas­ily use the search tool or find arti­cles through the archive, cat­e­gories and tags. What exactly are you look­ing for?

  • Mo. says

    I’m look­ing for some of the card design you had. Such as Sub­stance. I’m start­ing to fig­ure it out a bit but I liked the fact the you could some sev­eral design at once. It would enable one to com­pare things. I have to say though the lay­out is beau­ti­ful. I might just need more time to get used to it. Per­haps less scrolling?

  • Nicola says

    I’ll keep vis­it­ing this site Anto­nio, con­tents are unbelievable!

  • Glenn says

    Great job Anto­nio! Looks like I’m going to have to crank things up a notch at FFF. Everyone’s bring­ing out a reskin at the moment. Look­ing for­ward to see­ing Emil’s attempt at TypeNeu!

    Well done mate.

  • Angelo says

    Looks like even Grafik­cache is get­ting an update

  • Bob says

    Hey Anto­nio,

    Good stuff!
    Seems like every­one is re-designing!

    Bob

  • James says

    really nice. it’s good to keep things fresh. thanks for tak­ing the time.

  • Ryan says

    hmm, I think I may pre­fer the pre­vi­ous design to this… will have a bet­ter look about…

  • Antonio says

    Thanks every­one.

  • MP says

    The new lay­out is start­ing to grow on me. I really dig the drop down nav­i­ga­tion bar on your home page. Any chance of you adding a colophon, like on your old ver­sion? It was a nice touch, and a good resource.

    –MP

  • Antonio says

    MP, the colophon is in the drop down.

  • MP says

    Bril­liant! So I went over to view the Hem­ing­way Tem­plate, I have to say I think you’re putting the lay­out to bet­ter use than the down­load site. :) Good form.

    –MP

  • Re-design looks excel­lent! Well done. Love the use of white­space and greys mixed with slab-like black. You clearly know quite a bit about good, swiss design :)

  • Matthew says

    Nice design ele­ments, but I’m not sure about the hier­ar­chy. Hav­ing two posts side-by-side with equal weight is a depar­ture from what we see on the web, and it’s a bit disorienting.

    I also don’t under­stand the two sep­a­rate nav­i­ga­tion sec­tions (top and bottom).

    Great typog­ra­phy, although I think that the big num­bers to the right of com­ments are unnec­es­sary and distracting.

    Thanks for cre­at­ing such a won­der­ful resource, by the way.

  • James says

    every­ones a critic! lets face it’s way bet­ter, in look and con­tent than most design blogs, no need to pick holes in the details.

  • Aaron says

    Anto­nio, the new design is def­i­nitely neater. I just wish you had a “next” and “pre­vi­ous” but­ton back on. Makes brows­ing so much eas­ier than going through the archives section

  • Antonio says

    Aaron, there is a next and pre­vi­ous but it’s on the sin­gle post page, not the home­page. You’ll find it to the left of the arti­cle under About This Entry. I’m try­ing to fig­ure out how to get it on the home­page as well.

  • I like it very much.

  • Alexey says

    Thanks, redesign very well, but I lacked “next” and “pre­vi­ous” nav­i­ga­tion on the home­page. And links are not vis­i­ble. Maybe another color or bold.

  • sr says

    dis­like it, it was bet­ter when you could see more than 2 posts at a time before.. and there are menus all over the place, still cant digest this..