Maniacal Rage, Version 22
Hi! I redesigned. Remember when people used to redesign their blogs every few months? Back before the plethora of amazing premium Tumblr themes with one-click installs and the urge to make your site just a single white page with black text and some huge photos? I remember. I used to redesign this site every few months—22 times in past 8 years—and that doesn’t count the 10 or so designs I did between 1999 and 2005 before I started keeping archived screenshots. It got out of hand. I don’t know how I managed that without insanity or injury. Then again I have severe medial epicondylitis and I feel crazy most days, so maybe I didn’t manage well after all.
But here we are again! I had a few goals with this design:
- Reduce the size of photos so they’re still big and nice but they don’t cannibalize the rest of the content. The past two designs made the photos bigger and bigger and a paragraph of text next to one looked ridiculous. Besides, if you really want to see my photos huge, you can always click over to Flickr.
- Get away from Helvetica. I spend all day developing and designing iOS apps which means I see Helvetica 23.5 hours a day. I dream in Helvetica. I wanted a little break. Granted, I chose two fonts that are heavily overused (Proxima Nova and FF Tisa Web Pro), but I really enjoy them so that’s where we’re at.
- Never open Photoshop, only use a single image for that smiling photo of me up top. And make that image mask scalable (thanks, SVG). Any other imagery is done with web fonts.
- Start and finish the project in 48 hours or less. It ended up being 51 hours from start to finish, but I’m okay with that.
Every few months I tend to find something about my design blocking me from posting (the most recent two designs it was the photo issue), but that’s probably just a lazy excuse. Over the past few days, I’ve become excited about blogging again (as well as another infamous project I’m resurrecting soon). Time to get back on the horse.