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Creek Running North
May 18, 2004
Sigh of relief
I'm finally close enough to finished with the Faultline redesign that I was ready to make it go live. Go take a look.
This weekend, with the help of my mom's partner Jim, I moved three tons of rock and sand into the backyard. They are now a patio, and a flagstone path to the building that will become my writing office.
The Faultline redesign was harder, and made my back hurt worse.
Posted by Chris Clarke at May 18, 2004 11:24 AM
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It looks nice. Is it also a MovableType site? Are you going to pay for the license?
I really like the new look, and I think it will load enough faster that I'll really enjoy exploring it at home in the evening (when I can justify spending a lot of time at non-work sites).Posted by: alice at May 18, 2004 12:14 PM
If I stay with MT, I probably will pay for the big honking license. Even at 700 bucks, it's not bad for what I'm forcing it to do. But they sure as hell need a communications director over there. Talk about completely fucking up an inherently controversial announcement.
Anyway, 2.6 seems to be working just fine for me, though it would be easier on my authors to have a more wordprocessinglike UI. Which is why I'm interested in WordPress.
My next task: find something that will take one of the three rss feeds for the site and email it out once a day.
I've been staring at the Faultline design for a while and even playing around with the css code through Firefox's "EditCSS" plug-in that allows you to temporarily look at the css of any page you open and (in my browser only) try out alternative css to change the look of the page (hope this doesn't bother you. It does nothing to your code of course, just let's me rearrange what I see in my browser). At first I thought the design needed a left side bar with some very slight color to it, to give the design some "substantiality". Something is missing. The image on the top left (I love the changing pictures by the way, not just the idea, but the actual photos as well) somehow seems to be floating in thin air. It doesn't seem to hold the design down. Perhaps it needs a border? I also tried changing the background and border color to"floralwhite" (#FFFAF0), a very very light offwhite beige, but I think only the photo and the small text box beneath it are specified in the code, so I couldn't get the whole sidebar area to change color.
Perhaps the sidebar is good as it is, though, if you make one important change: I think the h1 header is too small. How about if you change the value from 20px to 25px? I think that makes a very big difference in the feeling of the design and it holds all sides in balance. It also makes the title seem more like a title, while not visually competing with the h2 and h3 headers beneath it.
What do you think? I hope I haven't inadvertantly offended. Just trying to offer my (biased) graphic designer opinion.Posted by: butuki at May 18, 2004 08:35 PM
That h1 suggestion was a good one, Miguel. So ordered.Posted by: Chris Clarke at May 18, 2004 08:41 PM
PS: You may also want to check out Nucleus and b2Evolution (a sister software to WordPress... WordPress is the "official" offshoot of b2, whereas b2Evolution is the "unofficial" offshoot that started when WordPress seemed about to go belly up). Both Nucleus and b2Evolution get very good reviews.
Also if any of your workers use a Mac you might want to check out Ecto (the Windows version is in beta) for writing for the blogs. You can write anywhere with it and it stores all the entries you have written, plus allows you to upload images and such. I never use the MT UI any more for posting.Posted by: butuki at May 18, 2004 08:44 PM
I like it. :)Posted by: Rana at May 19, 2004 12:42 PM
Chris: I like this better with Butuki's suggestion(s) incorporated, it looks great.
I'm really sorry I missed out on the pen-and-crow discussion which is probably by now a closed thread.
Are you interested in receiving environmental updates from yolo county for your news section? (the Conservation chair of our local audubon society is really on the ball and would, I'm sure, be happy to include you on his general list...)Posted by: Pica at May 19, 2004 05:37 PM
I like it with Butuki's thumbprint on it as well. I also have really been enjoying this public design charrette!Posted by: Chris Clarke at May 21, 2004 02:23 PM