Finally had a chance to put the finishing touches on a new design for this site. I’ve been thinking about this new design for about four months, and working on the actual code on and off for the past two weeks. The last time I redesigned was in April of 2010—nearly a year and a half ago. For me, that’s a personal record (I’ve redesigned this site 20 times in the past 6 years alone).
The focus this time around was:
- Simplicity. I wanted to remove all the clutter from the sidebar (and the sidebar itself), the footer, et cetera. I narrowed down all important actions and stuck them in one place. The links I felt were most useful will stick with you as you scroll.
- Photos. I take a lot of pictures and the default 500px width Tumblr uses is not great for showing them off. Luckily, their high resolution functionality and some CSS allows me to make them huge now. Love it.
- New text styling. I based this off iA Writer, which I love to death (and am using to write this post). The way iA Writer displays text with Markdown is terrific, so I mimicked some of that here. Bold text is a good example. Quotes, lists, headers—they’re all designed to look more like text in Markdown format.
A completely new thing for me: I based this design on a theme. I purchased the HIGH RES Theme by JSTN and used that as a base to customize and design on. I’ve been coveting the HIGH RES theme for months now and it was a lot of fun to make it my own.