Iâ€™ve introduced a slightly new look to this site with a new theme, one Iâ€™ve been experimenting with for the past few months on my tech blog as well as on a copy of this blog I run on my desktop PC with Wampserver 2.
The new theme is Thesis, one of the new breed of WordPress premium themes that offer you a great deal more than simply a collection of PHP and CSS files (I wrote about Thesis when I first acquired it).
While the new look is arguably mostly about what I like, I did do a little bit of ad hoc testing by asking a handful of people what they thought of this new look versus the old look.
Luckily, it seems that everyone likes the new look. (You wonâ€™t see it if you read this blog via an RSS or email subscription; if youâ€™d like to see it, head on over.)
One of the reasons why Iâ€™ve made the change/refresh is that I felt the old look was getting a bit stale after 14 months of use. Plus the sidebars had far too much distracting bling, even to my eye.
I wanted something fresher, with more white space and with a clear visual focus on the primary content â€“ the posts â€“ in a theme that I could comfortably manage without having to dive in to the templates to edit PHP code, or grapple with CSS, every time I wanted to change an appearance setting.
And I wanted all that without having to do a completely new design.
About two weeks ago, I twittered that I was looking for a designer who might be willing to do some design work in exchange for an equivalent amount of my time. This was all to do with this refresh idea where I thought I wanted someone to redesign the header image you see at the top of the page.
Quite a few people responded to that tweet, among them Panos Kontopoulos in Athens. Panos was terrific, involving his design colleagues in quickly suggesting some new ideas for the blog.
While I didnâ€™t use any of them directly, they did influence my thinking to go ahead and complete this design refresh.
So, the refresh is here. Iâ€™m still working through some content changes which I hope to complete in the next few days.
If you have an opinion, Iâ€™d love to know what you think.