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New design, new software

New design, new software

I guess the title of the post is pretty self-explanatory really; has recently had a redesign. A few days before Easter I trawled the web for inspiration and came up with a very random mix of ideas that I wanted to incorporate into my new design and came up with a very rough brief. I wanted round corners, clearer options for subscribing, a cleaner page with less columns and a greater concentration on the main content, lots of icons and a better font, as well as a huge long list of other requests. Working with the designer was very enjoyable although I may be slightly biased as the designer also happens to be my boyfriend, Chris! It was amazing to see my rough list of ideas transformed in a great new blog design. I’m over the moon with the results – it’s everything I was hoping for and more.

Those of you who read the blog via RSS, please take a visit to the new site and let me know what you think. Oh, and in case you’re wondering, the penguin at the header of the page is due to my fascination and slight obsession with all things penguin. šŸ˜€

The redesign coincided with the release of WordPress 2.5 so I have also upgraded to that and I have to say I’m so far very impressed. I’m sure it will take a bit of getting used to as the navigation has changed considerably, but it seems to make more logical sense now and I’m noticing more features (I’m not sure if they’re new or I just hadn’t noticed them before but the ability to edit the permalink is a nice little feature as is the ability to set a certain date and time to publish a post, which could be particularly useful at work with certain events to promote).

All in all, it’s great to have a nice new design on the blog and a new admin screen too (I just wish I could find more time to blog about all these “to blog” ideas I have in my head every day!). Thanks ever so much Chris for all your help. šŸ™‚

  • Matt Wilcox
    Posted at 14:51h, 04 April Reply

    Very nice indeed Joey, I like it a lot!

    Only one tweak that I personally would consider – the main font. Myriad Pro is a very thin weight even at ‘normal’, and it gives me eye-strain used as main body text. It’s great for headers though (it’s the Karova font, though we use it in semi-bold and at a custom letter space).

  • Jo Alcock
    Posted at 14:58h, 04 April Reply

    Thanks Matt – it’s very me isn’t it? šŸ˜€

    I’ll have to have a proper look at the font on our other machine, I don’t actually get to see it in Myriad Pro very much due to my machines not having it. I did purposely choose Myriad Pro but I take your comments on board and I’ll have a look to see if maybe a different font would be better for the main body.

  • Jennie
    Posted at 12:31h, 14 April Reply

    Shiny, pretty…and a penguin!!!
    What more could a gal want!!! šŸ˜€

  • Jo Alcock
    Posted at 12:37h, 14 April Reply

    Thanks Jennie. šŸ™‚

    It is nice to have a girly design, so much better than my boring bookshelf design which I had previously.

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