I’m not a huge fan of responsive design, y’know the kind: when websites wibble-and-wobble around and change their look-and-feel, shape and content depending on how big your browser window happens to be. My lack of fandom probably accounts for my (up-til-now) complete lack of understanding of the technical side of it all. I just never bothered. But people apparently like it and I was given (professional) cause (and arguably “light” direction) to figure it all out. So, in other words, if you’re wondering why suddenly this site is using a nearly-identical, but now moderately-responsive template… it’s because I needed to learn. It’s because I needed a guinea pig. And you’re reading it. What do you think: nailed it? Or needs work? What do you expect from a website that responds to your viewing window?
Once more it is June. Again. And again I embark upon that epic effort of daily blogging, take three, wherein I call upon myself for a kind of rambling focus, picking from a list of daily topics, and with neither planning nor advance writing, strive to pepper this blog with the free-thought, free-writing wonder that is another one of Those 30 Posts in June. Today, that post just happens to be:
June 11th // Something You Are Doing
There is something about the spring and summertime that leaves me in the mood for fine-tuning design.
Perhaps it is the stereotypical feeling of post-winter renewal, or maybe it’s just because I’m in the groove with cleaning, yard work, and kicking up the training regimen, but whatever the cause, the result has –over the last number of years– turned into a parallel effort online.
A bit of padding here, a new feature space there, a bit of an adjustment on the font down this line, and perhaps getting rid of this gradient to make room for something a little cleaner on the edge… uh, there… no… right there.
That’s what I’m doing. And I write it here not only because it fulfils today’s topic of “Something I am Doing” but because over the next couple weeks you’ll probably notice little nudging adjustments if you’re a regular visitor to this site or one of my other ones.
On this site? A change to some of the feature spaces, adding more imagery in the sidebar and footer, and killing a bunch of the long, long list of links. (If you were linked there… sorry. You should update your blog more often and I’ll consider adding you back in.) I’ve also nudged some of the padding on the fonts and cleaned up the post-cards, as well as giving a bunch of the images a bit more breathing room.
On my gallery? If you haven’t stopped by there lately, I’m happy to invite you back. I’m still working on that one, but in the last couple weeks I’ve really moved away from the built-in Gallery3 templates and given it a simpler, cleaner, and (I think) more unified look. I’d like to do something about the buttons and other UI, but that’s a bigger project and… yeah, still working on it.
In the meantime: enjoy and watch. If you’re interested in that sort of thing let me know and maybe I’ll be inspired to write a longer post on my design inspirations. But for now… it just is something I’m doing.