…Or so I hope.

It wasn’t long ago that I put up a new layout. Just under two months ago, in fact. I thought that one had some staying power. It was light on dark, my preferred color scheme, and had a bit of “shine” factor. While I was really thrilled with the way it came out on jennvargas.com there was something about its implementation here that just always bothered me. It just didn’t seem to work.

After redesigning a a bunch of sites over break, I decided it was time to take a stab at coming up with something better for this one. Unlike my typical workflow for redesigning a site (come up with one element that I like, design the site around it, code it, and stick it up all in the same day), I decided to take a slower approach. This time, I posted the mockup on flickr to get some feedback and see if I was headed in the right direction before I went and coded it all. It would have been a huge waste of time if I didn’t like it 5 minutes after it was finished (like the last design).

So a few days after I posted it on flickr, I set to coding it. As always, I went with a live update. Why? a: because my traffic isn’t all that heavy that someone is likely to visit and be disturbed by my mid-coding state and b: I like live updates. They push me to get things done faster and to actually finish what I started. It’s almost done now. I still have a few minor things to tweak and I stumble upon more little bugs or elements that I don’t like as I go through the site page by page, but all in all I’m pretty pleased with the outcome. It’s a departure from my usual greyscale with some pink or a variation of that and it’s definitely the “cleanest” of my recent layouts.

What do you think? A major point of contention is the font size – how are you finding it? I tried to pick a happy medium that appeased both the younger and…”wiser” age groups. Please let me know if you find any bugs or things that just don’t look right! I hope you like it!