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March 6, 2007

Sneak peek.

Sneak Peek 2.0

Nearly a year after I intended to redesign my personal site for Spring 2006 CSS Reboot, I’ve started up again. What happened last time? Life, work, etc.

What you see above (and here) is the latest incarnation of the design. For comparison purposes, here’s an early iteration of last year’s model. My standard high contrast avatar is now the site’s ‘logo’. Consistent branding being a concept hammered into my brain on a daily basis. The logo may or may not harbour an easter egg at some point (you’ll just have to wait and see). A slightly tracked Gill Sans Bold now pops as the headline face (at least for Mac users) and Lucida Sans remains for body copy and typographic incidentals. What the Windows user will see has yet to be decided, but it will probably be a heavier weight of Arial or some such utility-grade sans serif.

The predominant use of whitespace in the previous design has been replaced by darker framing elements. A simple “sheet of white paper on a surface” look.

So what makes me think that I can actually launch this design before the next CSS Reboot? This one was built directly in code, not Photoshop. Barring any IE6/7 snafu-shas during tweaking, it’ll happen.

Comments? Please.

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14 comments on “Sneak peek.”

  1. Posted by Sunny Sunny on Wednesday, March 7th, 2007.

    This design needs tons of chicklets on every post. How will anybody be able to find your site if you don’t have gigantic glowing chicklets?


  2. Posted by Grant Hutchinson Grant Hutchinson on Wednesday, March 7th, 2007.

    Chiclets? You mean like social bookmarking chiclets? Or a shiny pile of superfluous Web 2.0 pseudo sexiness?


  3. Posted by Sunny Sunny on Wednesday, March 7th, 2007.

    Nothing says classy like a full list of buttons for BlinkBits, BlinkList, Blogmarks, Buddymarks, CiteUlike, Connotea,, Digg it, Earthlink, FeedMarker, Flog this!, Feedmelinks, Furl, Give a Link, Gravee, igooi, Lilisto, Linkagogo, Linkroll, ma.gnolia,, My-Tuts, Netvouz, Newsvine, Onlywire, RawSugar, reddit, Scuttle!, Shadows, Simpy, Spurl, Taggly, tagtooga, TalkDigger, Wink, Yahoo MyWeb, Google, Diigo, Netscape, DZone , Squidoo, Looklater, RecommendzIt, Segnalo, StumbleUpon, Mr. Wong running down the side of your site. Oh sorry I think I’m having a work flashback.


  4. Posted by Grant Hutchinson Grant Hutchinson on Saturday, March 10th, 2007.

    My sympathies. Sounds like you need AddThis.


  5. Posted by Karen Harland Godel Karen Harland Godel on Monday, March 12th, 2007.

    Whitespace? You? What are the odds… I’m looking forward to the reveal.


  6. Posted by Grant Hutchinson Grant Hutchinson on Monday, March 12th, 2007.

    Frankly, I am too.


  7. Posted by Michael Michael on Wednesday, March 14th, 2007.

    I have to say I like the current design better. It’s grown on me. The new one doesn’t seem to have any character. It just looks so… PostScript c. 1986. (Sorry!)


  8. Posted by Dialog Dialog on Wednesday, March 14th, 2007.

    It looks like a Xerox. From the future.


  9. Posted by Grant Hutchinson Grant Hutchinson on Thursday, March 15th, 2007.

    Considering PostScript technology was very much treated like a ‘Xerox from the future’ back in the early ‘desktop puddling’ days … I’d have to agree with both those comments. To be honest Michael, the current design has grown on me too … and perhaps that’s the problem with it. I have become so used to it, I don’t feel compelled to do anything with it — or the site. The great thing about this CSS-based design is that I can easily modify and tweak chunks of it — gradually or all at once. The current state of the site and it’s structure doesn’t allow me to do that. And web design is all about iteration, feedback and improvement.


  10. Posted by Morgan Aldridge Morgan Aldridge on Tuesday, March 27th, 2007.

    Looks like it’ll be good, although this design has grown on me as well. I like to see more people working in grayscale and with high-contrast avatars!


  11. Posted by Arne Arne on Wednesday, April 4th, 2007.

    The old design has more character and somehow some “house” colors like the orange. Perhaps you can tweak the current style and make things slightly larger. Otherwise all is fine and clean IMO.


  12. Posted by Grant Hutchinson Grant Hutchinson on Thursday, April 19th, 2007.

    I may end up tweaking the colour palette to reflect the look of the current site a bit more, as the main reasons for this redesign were to get freshen things up and to restructure the atrocious template code. One thing I have been thinking about is offering ‘skin’ options, so you could pick which colour scheme you prefer. Now, to get this damn thing launched.


  13. Posted by Ollie Ollie on Wednesday, July 18th, 2007.

    Wow, it’s so much better.

    Don’t rush now — spend six months refining the background gradation endpoints.


  14. Posted by Grant Hutchinson Grant Hutchinson on Wednesday, July 18th, 2007.

    At the rate I’m going, it may take another six months to get this version launched anyway.


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