New Design

Well, I’ve got a new design up, final­ly. Doesn’t look too much dif­fer­ent on the face. Most of the changes are behind the scenes, HTML5 and CSS3. If you’ve got the right brows­er, you might see some cool fonts and oth­er stuff. As usu­al, it ain’t com­plete, if I ever get around to it some oth­er cool­ness might appear.

Well, it fig­ures, some stuff isn’t work­ing cor­rect­ly that worked just fine on my devel­op­ment box. Switched back to the old design until I can fig­ure it out.

Well, I final­ly fig­ured out the bugs. @font-face should be work­ing now, I’m using Greyscale and Midi­et. The whole design is cod­ed in HTML5, and I was using every CSS3 bell and whis­tle just for prac­tice but end­ed up rip­ping most of them out. I plan on mak­ing a few more updates and to con­duct an audit of all my posts, to clean them up, but that process will take even longer than it did for me to come up with a new design.

Cobbler’s Children

Prob­a­bly the best rea­son to call for good web stan­dard prac­tices and a con­sis­tent and log­i­cal approach to build­ing web­sites is the ease with which such good plan­ning enables future-proof­ing and upgrad­ing how a site looks. In 2002, when I start­ed this thing, I was blind­ly mov­ing about using WYSIWYG, think­ing I knew what CSS was and how RSS worked. Now that I’ve got my head around that, and know how to build lean, seman­tic markup, acknowl­edge the pow­er that tags can have and under­stand first-hand the impor­tance of acces­si­bil­i­ty in expand­ing the web expe­ri­ence, I often want to go back and clean up all the dusty cor­ners of this site, mak­ing each post pass all of the var­i­ous tests that exist to test web­pages.

I’ve been, every once in a moment, when I have a moment, been work­ing on a redesign. HTML5 and CSS3, excel­lent typog­ra­phy and a new iter­a­tion of the min­i­mal design aes­thet­ic that’s become the norm here. I’ve been work­ing on it for months, but it is still only bare­ly start­ed. It takes more time to fig­ure out where I left off than it does to make changes and updates to the design. It’s the cobbler’s chil­dren.