After a month of pushing pixels around in Photoshop, playing with colour combinations in Illustrator, and arranging layout grids in Dreamweaver I am proud to announce the launch of the new theme design for my website.
This may come as a surprise to you as I have not even hinted at a re-design in the last month. I have gone for the opposite approach to most bloggers and decided to keep it under covers until I was completely satisfied with the end result. That’s not saying there will be no tweaks in the days ahead, as I’m sure to stumble upon a few bugs. However, I have extensively tested this theme in Internet Explorer 6, Internet Explorer 7, Firefox, and Safari and, touch wood, it is looking pretty solid.
With this theme design I have introduced widgets to the mix. I have three columns, spanned across this site, that all support widgets. With my last theme design I opted for a more manual approach, editing the sidebar.php file everytime I needed to make a change to my menus. As my confidence has grown in styling widgets I have decided to now update my menu items via the wordpress backend, quickly and efficiently. Widgets rock!
The luscious green grass can still be seen across the site header images, with splashes of colour, illustrations and creative outbursts dotted around it. I have opted for less of the colour green in the content and menu areas, and replaced it with a dash of red. I have also enhanced the typography across the site, using san serif fonts, including Tahoma, Helvetica and Verdana. I have also heavily concentrated on the navigation around this site in the new design. I hope that is noticeable, and look forward to seeing the results via my Google Analytics.
The reasoning behind this new theme design is something I wish to elaborate on. However, I will keep that for another post and end this one here. Please, please, please don’t lurk. Browse around the site and leave a comment below telling me what you think of this design. I can take criticism as long as it is constructive…