I just switched Nobody’s Business over to version 1.1 of our theme. Basically, we were getting a bit tired of the traditional orange, and trying to find other colors that go with it was straining my limited design skills. So Rogier asked the artist who creates our banners — Len Peralta — to redo them in blue. I then used the banners to clip out new background images for the headers in the sidebars. I also made the comments stand out a little more on each post, and cleaned up a few things here and there.
So what do you think?
To me, the site now looks a bit too whimsical. I think the design should be a little more staid, with the cartoons providing a whimsical counterpoint. Maybe I should change the sidebar headers to something more plain. Also, the titles for the posts look too big for the rest of the page. And I think I could probably get away with making the main text slightly smaller.
We’ve been kicking around a few more substantial design changes. I’d like to get rid of the block banner image and replace it with more of a header area, filled with information and links. We’re also thinking of abanding the traditional blog format for more of a news magazine look, which would allow us to show excerpts of the latest stories above the fold (so to speak).
Mark is a computer programmer, website builder, photographer, and sometimes journalist in Chicago, where he also writes the long-running Windypundit blog.