Still kinda tweaking the home. I'm gonna get off this and onto some of the more important sub sections.
almost 2 years ago
I don't like the darker colors and shadows.
I love the Smashing Magazine design. Maybe you can get some inspiration from their site.
EDIT: maybe another tip; use less boxes and play more with whitespace.
Liking the new design @Chris Coyier. It's a perfect example of why I've been a massive fan of yours for years, because of your very unique style, which works very well...and your screencasts :P
I like the boxes personally. They section things off really well. What do the tiny orange squares represent? Nice one.
I always equate CSS to light/light weight.. I am not entirely sure why, but but completely goes against everything I expect out of a site about CSS.. that said, it doesn't mean I dislike it.
I do feel like the body text of your post excerpts needs some attention. Maybe a lighter weight font or simply a lighter color. Right now it feels like all of the text on the page is competing with each other, and that I think is the cause of a little of the disjointed feeling.
I don't know exactly why, but I really don't like the menu elements
Chris, am I right in assuming these designs for CSS Tricks are for your screen-casting seminar? (I assume this is the reason for the redesign, and will continue as though that is true). The current CSS Tricks design is, honestly, very well done, and does not really warrant redesign - except for the purpose of a screen-cast seminar. A few details could be tweaked, but redesigning a site that already looks great is difficult.
Therefore, my suggestion is to look at the current CSS Tricks, decide what works well and how to use what makes the current site good, and roll that into the redesign.
The design considerations that make the current CSS Tricks great:
Large, clean, great color scheme - warm, bright, lively, crisp, depth, hierarchy, illustrative
CSS Tricks is a great resource, one that I visit everyday, and therefore I want the New CSS Tricks to be just as beautiful and useable as the last, but even better!
Too much shadowing on the navigation boxes in my honest opinion. Looks nice though,
I agree with @Tim, the design does not look better than the current one. The only thing I would focus on with redesigning is the content area.
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