Makeover

December 19th 2018

Today I gave this website a bit of a makeover. That’s something I feel inclined to do every now and then. Last time I did it I wasn’t hugely impressed with what I ended up with, and ended up with quote/unquote fancy features like parallax scrolling and randomised headers on the homepage. And I didn’t really like how the posts pages were presented either, but I stuck with it for a bit.

I changed it all tonight though. I decided to undo all of that fancy bollocks and stripped everything back to as minimalist as possible. Here’s what I ended up with:

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Black text. White background. It doesn’t get much more minimalist than that. Also, I like how you can now see more blog posts on the homepage, rather than having to scroll and scroll to get more to load.

The one little bit of creativity I did put into this new design is the logo. I’d be lying if I said I made that myself, but to be more accurate, I assembled the logo based on multiple assets I shamelessly stole from other people. I’ve been trying to learn how to use Photoshop and InDesign, so it seemed like a simple task to try my hand at, because other people had already done most of the work for me.

This blog has never had a logo before, but this new design seemed to be an adequate time to introduce one. It’s kind of self-aggrandising considering the name of the blog is my initials, so it kind of looks like I’m giving myself a logo, but I promise I’m not. Well, I’m not intentionally doing that anyway.

The design is an idea I once had for a tattoo that I once wanted. The mountains represent the Dr Seuss quote “Kid, you’ll move mountains” from the poem “Oh The Places You’ll Go”

The waves represent one of the most important realisations I ever had. I could say some fake-deep shit about how the circle represents the cyclical nature of humanity, but in reality the circle is just to contain the other stuff.

Oh also there’s two cyan slashes in there because why not. I’m thinking of bringing back the randomised headers, just so that the colour of those two lines changes every time you load the page. So watch this space and prepare to be amazed… or severely underwhelmed. One of the two.

Overall I think it looks pretty good. I think it’ll definitely take me longer to get bored of this design than it did the last one.

Until tomorrow, strip that down, girl.

Jacn

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