A Mini-Design Update

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You may or may not have noticed, but I rolled out a few design changes shortly after I upgraded to WordPress 2.2 yesterday morning.

  • I changed the color scheme a bit. Went from a dark blue background with white text to a white background with black text. It’s not a major change, but I’m hoping it’ll help with readability. More significant changes will probably be coming in the next week or so. (I’m still trying to wrap up a few projects I’ve been working on for a while, so depending on how quickly those are finished will determine how soon I get to play again with the site design.)
  • I reworked how Comments and Pings/Trackbacks are displayed on individual post items. Previously, trackbacks were displayed inline with regular comments. Now, they’re not. They used to be included in <div>s, now they’re in an <ol>. (These are subtle changes, I know, but I’m trying to improve the semantics in the markup for the site.)

The way I’m versioning the site is sort of weird – and pretty arbitrary – to be honest with you. I’m calling this Version 14.1.0 because of some improvements I made in the code structure for my site template and some CSS changes that I made. But the reality is, I have no idea what version the site is at currently. Hopefully I can do a better job at explaining some more of the changes I make in the near future.

(Thanks, Matt, for the nudge to do this.)

12 thoughts on “A Mini-Design Update

  1. Looks good. The dark on white body copy is easier for me to read. This text in the comment box though, is really light. I’ll email you a screenshot. I think it’s just the way *nix is rendering it.

  2. No, looks good. You’re very good at design, no mistake. You know what I think is the coolest part about your design? That it’s a blog about stuff. And the word “stuff” is everywhere. I’d put it more places, but that’s just me. I’d be like “Leave a Comment and stuff”. ;)

  3. w00t. Just pushed some additional changes live. Comments and trackback/pings only display if they exist (and if they’re allowed on an entry). (I should probably put a writeup on the site on how all of this was accomplished, seeing as the existing walkthroughs I’ve seen online are fairly incomplete.)

    I also updated some of the verbiage based on your suggestion. Thanks again for your input/feedback.

  4. Looks good. The dark on white body copy is easier for me to read. This text in the comment box though, is really light. I’ll email you a screenshot. I think it’s just the way *nix is rendering it.

  5. No, you’re right… It’s currently a shade of gray (#888888 to be exact) and that can be a little light depending on the type of monitor a user might have. I’m fixing it now!

  6. No, looks good. You’re very good at design, no mistake. You know what I think is the coolest part about your design? That it’s a blog about stuff. And the word “stuff” is everywhere. I’d put it more places, but that’s just me. I’d be like “Leave a Comment and stuff”. ;)

  7. w00t. Just pushed some additional changes live. Comments and trackback/pings only display if they exist (and if they’re allowed on an entry). (I should probably put a writeup on the site on how all of this was accomplished, seeing as the existing walkthroughs I’ve seen online are fairly incomplete.)

    I also updated some of the verbiage based on your suggestion. Thanks again for your input/feedback.

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