Back In Black

I was tired of the old look. What do you think?

[Note: I had experimented with another visual theme, but nobody liked it, and I soon reverted. So this post might make little sense now.]

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  1. Radical! And hard to read!

    Posted July 8, 2007 at 12:41 am | Permalink
  2. Malcolm says

    Is it hard to read? That’s not good.

    Posted July 8, 2007 at 1:27 am | Permalink
  3. “Radical! And hard to read!” (Mr. Mangan puts it exactly). But also ghastly and the font is too small.

    Sorry, but you did ask!

    Posted July 8, 2007 at 3:58 am | Permalink
  4. Malcolm says

    Well, that does it. I’ll look for something else. Thanks to you both.

    Posted July 8, 2007 at 11:13 am | Permalink
  5. Kevin Kim says

    From a design point of view, I’d suggest keeping the text as black on a white background, i.e., leave the main column untouched. Because you’ve got wide margins on either side of the main column, you might think about putting some sort of background images in the margins. Also– the red text in your banner doesn’t provide enough contrast with the dark-toned banner image. The original white is simpler and better.

    If you do decide to spruce up your margins, I’d suggest staying away from harsh, geometric designs, which can distract from text. Actual photo images might be cool, but flowing, subtly shaded abstract images might also work. In either case, the images shouldn’t clash with the banner.

    Of course… this advice is worth as much as you paid for it.


    Posted July 8, 2007 at 9:58 pm | Permalink
  6. Malcolm says

    Hi Kevin,

    Thanks for your suggestions; I don’t know if you actually saw the black theme I had up for a while yesterday. I rather liked it, but it didn’t go over well with the audience.

    I like the low contrast of the title; it has a sultry look that I went for on purpose. I would love to change the area outside the page – some WordPress themes have textile-looking patterns that I think are rather elegant – but the probblem is that this theme is entirely image-based, and what makes it hard is the border around the page, where the shadow blends into the tiled outside color. My skill at image-tweaking is modest; I have Paint Shop Pro, and an open-source progeam called GIMP, but I am far from adept. Finding a spiffy predesigned theme would be nice; I have much greater skill (I do write C++ code for a living, after all) at hacking the PHP code as needed to modify the layout. But I might just leave things as they are, for now at least.

    Posted July 8, 2007 at 11:31 pm | Permalink