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Brand New Redesign (21 posts)

  1. jdcfsu
    Member
    Posted 6 years ago #

    I upgraded to 2.5 and created a new design, based on my shower curtain. Please tell me what you think. I'm not sold on the sidebar, but I never am. Any suggestions, critiques, etc, are gladly welcome! Thanks.

    http://www.JustinCox.com/

  2. jdcfsu
    Member
    Posted 6 years ago #

    Anyone have any suggestions or comments?

  3. koen.h
    Member
    Posted 6 years ago #

    Hey Justin,
    underneath the about/portfolio/contact/facebook menu is some text ('Justin is all hopped up on DayQuil') that is partially hidden behind the white post background.

  4. jdcfsu
    Member
    Posted 6 years ago #

    What browser are you using so I can address that? I've checked using Firefox 3 and Safari 3 on Mac, and IE 6 on Windows and can't reproduce that look.

  5. johnston.gene@gmail.com
    Member
    Posted 6 years ago #

    jdcfsu,

    He's seeing it on Firefox 2.0.0.16 as am I.

    I highlighted the text to read it and it currently says:
    "Justin wants this cold to be gone. (Updated 1 hour, 20 minutes ago)"

    -GJ

  6. jdcfsu
    Member
    Posted 6 years ago #

    Odd that's it's not outputing correctly in Firefox 2 but it is in Firefox 3. I'll look into that.

  7. StrangeAttractor
    Member
    Posted 6 years ago #

    It's eye-catching, I'll give you that.

    But personally, that background hurts my eyes, and as a casual visitor to the site I wouldn't be compelled to read the actual entries.

  8. TVDinner
    Member
    Posted 6 years ago #

    the background would drive me nuts pretty quickly and I agree that I might not be a regular visitor to a site with a background like this. Also, can you make comments to your posts or it is just like a journal entry with no comments?

  9. jdcfsu
    Member
    Posted 6 years ago #

    The background is still too much even though it's toned down with the opacity on the post "bubbles?"

    As for the comments, I have allowed them in the past, but I kind of let the blog die over the last year or so and am trying to bring it back. I'll add the comments back in due time.

  10. TVDinner
    Member
    Posted 6 years ago #

    to me it is a little to much, but that is just me. I guess my question to you is that I am not sure what it accomplishes as far as your site. I assume you want people to read your words, thoughts, posts, etc. I am all for creativity and use it on my sites, but also understand that there has to be a balance in design that will be attractive to viewers and keep them wanting to come back time and time again...

  11. whooami
    Member
    Posted 6 years ago #

    way to hard to read, much less concentrate on reading, I have to agree.

  12. jdcfsu
    Member
    Posted 6 years ago #

    Hum, alright. Would increasing the opacity on the white bubbles and toning down the opacity on the colored bars improve readability?

    I really appreciate all of your comments and help here.

  13. whooami
    Member
    Posted 6 years ago #

    honestly .. probably not. im not sure why you are insistent on having stripes (bright, multicolored stripes) behind text. The folly in that ought to be obvious :) but hey, its your site -- if you can read it, so be it :)

    --

    you have to consider what blogs are for. The stripes are neat, Ill grant you that, but they dont work where you want to read. It's kinda like flash, used in some places it works nicely, others, not so much.

  14. Vast HTML
    Member
    Posted 6 years ago #

    i do have to agree with whooami here. if you insist on the stripes atleast take some of the trasparency out so the text can be read. but it is your blog really so do what you want.

  15. JonnyNS
    Member
    Posted 6 years ago #

    I don't really mind the background, I can see it fine. I think it looks great to be honest.

  16. jdcfsu
    Member
    Posted 6 years ago #

    I've muted the background to about a 45% opacity over white. Does this improve readability?

    I'm not sure if I'm sold on the sidebar implementation. I like the tag cloud but not necessarily the colors. Any suggestions?

  17. Vast HTML
    Member
    Posted 6 years ago #

    Much better :)

  18. soleman
    Member
    Posted 6 years ago #

    I like how unique it is... pretty loud and eye catching. Not for 70 year olds... but 20 somethings - right on.

  19. StrangeAttractor
    Member
    Posted 6 years ago #

    Personally, I'm just not crazy about the stripes, but it is definitely better at the lower opacity. Less distracting.

    I'm also not a fan of the translucent entries, or that you can see the background in between entries.

    If I were to generalize my problem with the design, it's that I don't like backgrounds to distract from the content. I feel that they should fade into, well, the background.

    But these are matters of personal taste. To paraphrase Rodney Dangerfield, "What an ugly hat! But - hey, it looks good on you!"
    ;)

    PS The sidebar seems ok to me, insofar as it's consistent with the look of the rest of the design.

  20. RoseCitySister
    Member
    Posted 6 years ago #

    It's definitely not my style, but more power to you. If it were a business site, then I'd have something negative to say, but it's a personal site, so again, more power to you! :)

  21. jdcfsu
    Member
    Posted 6 years ago #

    Thanks again everyone.

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