Site refresh

by Edward O’Connor on 14 March 2007

I’m pretty happy with how my recent site refresh has gone. I think the site looks much more fresh & professional.

Typography

I bumped my base type size (back) up to 16pt — using the browser default makes the various em-based size frobbing a little easier, and generally I prefer medium-sized text to really small stuff.

I tried very hard to use only measured intervals of vertical space, though in some cases (images, most notably), I fall a little short of that goal.

I’d long used Lucida Grande as my typeface for headings and body text (with Gill Sans for some secondary text) and it was time for a change. I decided to try to find a serif for headings, and a different sans-serif for body text.

I’m now using Goudy Old Style (falling back to Garamond) for headings. I think it feels really nice at larger sizes. I’m also using it for blockquotes, to set them off from the surrounding text. This helps to give the impression of a different voice (example).

I’m using Geneva for body text — this one I'm less sure of, but I’m going to go with it for now and see how it looks.

Color

The biggest change in the color department is of links — after several years of blue links (excepting occasional forays into light-on-dark), I’ve gone with a muted red, with kottke-style bottom borders instead of underlining.

I removed the explicit microformat styling I’ve been using since September — with increasing adoption of Operator, it seemed like overkill.


Anyway, what do you think of the newish look? Here’s a shot of the previous home page for comparison.

Comments

  1. I like the changes--particularly the link color/underline--but since I read this blog via Bloglines, it doesn't make much difference to me what you did. I won't see it.

    Erin, 15 March 2007

  2. Nice job, Ted.

    (I'm not a huge Geneva fan, but it's a refreshing change from all the usual suspects... so stick with it!)

    Patrick Crowley, 15 March 2007

  3. I like it very much. The Geneva in a medium-sized font is especially pleasing, as are the colors. I'm impressed. :)

    One thing though: your "Post comment" button color seems to clash with everything else (some kind of light blue).

    Also, when are you going to open-source your site framework?

    Brad Fults, 16 March 2007

  4. Thanks, Patrick.

    Yes, Brad, the comment button is currently really weird -- it's a work in progress. I'll open source the code after the first rewrite, when it's actually something reasonable.

    Edward O'Connor, 16 March 2007

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