Mar 16

Changes

Posted by Matty

So, I haven ' t written anything lately. This isn ' t because I lost both my hands in a freak thresher accident, or because I refuse to believe that the Internet exists. The reasons are far more pedestrian. The kind folks that give me money in exchange for my services (a.k.a. work) have been keeping me pretty busy for the past several months. Now, I’ve got some breathing room and am going to tackle a project that I’ve been putting off for months (or years).

Change is in the air and you are all down wind. Starting tomorrow, I am going to be redesigning this website. Over the course of the next week to ten days, I am going to be working on the design every night for a few hours and your thoughts count.

My changes will be updated on this front page every night, and I will try write of the specific details as I get the design and the code together. Throughout the redesign, the site will continue to be usable, and the individual articles will still look the same. Only the front page will be “under construction”.

I will keep the comments open, and would like to hear what you like or hate. You read the site. Is there anything that you would like to see? Anything that bugs you? For me, the existing site is pretty rough. It was pretty cool in 2003, but we are ready for some changes ’round these parts.

General geekery on the inside

I’ll be brutally honest, the current design of our site hurts my eyes. At the time, I liked it, but now, I would like for it to be a fond memory that is only accessible from the wayback machine.

We’ve lived in this site for three years now, and I know more about how we use the site, and how some of our readers interact with it. I also know a bit more about site design in general.

Designing the site “live” appeals to many of my geek sensibilities. I like the idea that someone could add a comment, and help to refine the design, or suggest a feature that I never would’ve thought about. If you want something pretty to look at, make your voice heard!

So, here are some of the things that I am hoping to do:

  • Fully CSS-based design — no more tables
  • Compliant HTML that validates
  • Must look cool (whatever that is)
  • Meet as many usability standards as possible
  • Doesn’t hurt my eyes
  • There is much more to this list, but I need to have something to write about through the week.

4 Responses to “Changes”

  1. Nanc Says:

    Perhaps you should reassure these fine folks that during this period of growth/learning/demolition, the remainder of the site (previous content) will remain “as is.” At least until the migration step occurs. I mean, really. No need to scare off the geek-muggles in the group.

    I am excited to see how this will progress. And I promise to any readers out there that I will ‘crack the whip’ as need be to get this project done.

    Hear that Bonez? {{crack!}}

  2. chris Says:

    This geek-muggle says, “More Walter pictures!”.

    That’s all I got.

  3. Rachel Says:

    Can’t wait to see the changes unfold.
    Rachel (geek wanna-be)

  4. jen Says:

    i can’t wait to see what you come up with. ;)

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