“We spend too much time staring into a lightbulb as it is.” So said one dissatisfied commenter on CNN.com’s recent redesign. While I think the new CNN.com is just ducky, this user felt the screen overwhelmed him with white.
That comment has rattled around in my brain ever since. I love how sinister it sounds – like we’re at our desks staring at an eclipse without our pinhole sunglasses. Then there’s the “energy efficient Google” post I read a few months back, as well as my constant need to explore new design and code iterations.
So – I’ve redesigned this site. Again.
There’s a school of thought in the design world that light text on a dark background is hard to read. Clearly I’m not a believer; I find it soothing. So I’m trying it out for awhile. We’ll see how it goes.
I’ve really missed having a sidebar on the homepage to call out things such as the Chicago Web Meetup (seems we’re taking the summer off) and anything else that might pop up. So the sidebar is back.
Speaking of the sidebar…
I’ve received notification from a flickr friend that I have loaded a measly three photos to my account this year. I’m calling myself out on my homepage; hopefully a flickrstream will keep me updating my pics on a regular basis.
I’ve also been introduced to the addictive Goodreads.com by a few people. My ‘read’ shelf is woefully understocked, but I’m just getting started with the site. I really love the concept, though – it’s well worth checking out.
Please let me know if you spot anything buggy with this design. Hope you enjoy the change!