It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a web developer in possession of a blog must be in want of a redesign. And so I give you the fourth major version of Beckism.com, this time offered in minimalist monochrome.
For those familiar with my design tastes, this update will come as no surprise. Large text, Gill Sans running rampant, and very few images are all standard for me. What is more interesting about this version of the blog is that I have vastly simplified the blog archives and navigation.
The last time I redesigned, I did away with my numerous categories in favor of two main sections (one for longer non-fiction, and another for one-off short pieces). However, in practice, the distinction was pointless. I doubt anyone bothered to click through to the category archives from the main archive page unless they were curious about the names that I used.
Instead, the Archive now sports a single page list of every article published on the site, with links to filter based on tags. Hopefully visitors will find this more useful than the previous categories + pointless pagination model. I have additionally removed full text for articles everywhere except the homepage, making the search and so forth actually useful for the first time in years.
I hope you enjoy the redesign! Let me know if there is anything in particular you like or dislike about it either in the comments or through the One Crayon contact form; I love to hear how useful (or beautiful or hideous or whatever) other people find my designs.
Lastly, please note that the site is likely utterly broken in IE. It should work beautifully in Firefox and Safari, but I opted to use HTML5 which is not supported in IE, so things are probably hideously broken over there and will be until I work up the gumption to care.
very minimal, nice, I like.. also, I love this.. “until I work up the gumption to care”
Posted 8:47 PM on Jan. 1, 2011 ↑