Welp, here it is. I’ve been talking about a new design of this blog for what seems like a year. It’s about time I actually ship something. So I did… all in one night.
It’s based off of the base theme I’ve been creating for many months, Happy. While I’m overall pretty pleased with the direction the Happy theme is going, I’ve delayed redesigning this site because I keep tinkering with the base theme. Well, forget that. It was beyond time to replace my previous, very outdated theme.
This color scheme is definitely outside of my very small comfort zone. But I’ve liked DarkSlateGray ever since I saw it on the 147 Colors website, and this color scheme is just a lighter version of that. So we’ll see how it stands the test of time.
For typography, the body font is Adobe’s Source Sans Pro. It’s the same font that ships with the Happy theme (though I may remove having any embedded font in that theme), and I’ve like it for a long time.
The headlines are Trocchi, which I didn’t discover until I saw Rafal Tomal’s Typespiration site. I’ve always liked slab fonts, but they feel too harsh sometimes, and this one seems just right with its little round bits. And I’m sure that summation tells any real typography dorks just how little I know about it. But when I saw the demo on Typespiration paired Trocchi with Source Sans Pro, I was sold.
I certainly look forward to any design feedback y’all may have. I’m not a designer. So this is me – out there – on a limb.
The section for work will obviously be a simple portfolio. A relatively boring but necessary thing for someone that advertises themselves as a consultant.
For the toolset section, I plan to host reviews, or something like that, for the development tools, plugins, and services that I use in my workflow. Hopefully it will be a good opportunity to share with people what I use to make websites, and also offer a way to monetize this space a little bit. So, when I mention one of my tools in a blog post, I can link to one of the items in the toolset, which will give a thorough description of the item, and a disclosed affiliate link. That way, affiliate links I use are honest, and people gain some insight about what I’m linking in my blog posts. Hopefully it’s a win, win.
The about section is also going to get a makeover. I at least put a picture on that page to try to be a bit more personal.
Plenty to do
In addition to lots of content review, I’ve got plenty else that still needs work around here.
For one, all my feature images were designed around a 580px max width. So I’ll need to go back my more popular articles to make them not look so bad with the new wider layout. I also need to give some love to single post styling, especially for image and heading margins, and list styles. They are all still the Happy base styles, which are intentionally light.
I also need to create a custom page template for the homepage. The sidebar is pointless on the homepage, and I want to feature feeds from my portfolio and toolset in some way. But I wanted to go ahead and get version 1 out of the way. And I’d rather fill out that content first anyway before putting it on the homepage.
I’m aiming to make December a big month for my personal projects, and this is step one. So keep an eye out, because I’m not done with announcements yet!
View all posts in this series
- Let’s create a WordPress theme - July 25, 2012
- New theme sketches - July 26, 2012
- Working copy of Happy theme on Github - August 3, 2012
- Mac and web based tools for WordPress theme development - September 13, 2012
- New design! - December 11, 2012