New site coming soon.
about 1 year ago
You know what I think of this, but I'll bore you with my comments anyway. I think you've really nailed it with the style here. The time you're spending on the design has really paid off; the development and progress from the initial versions is massive. Wonderful use of space and typographic elements, it's minimal without being at all boring. Really looking forward to reading those articles too.
"Killer" comment, @Claire.
This design was really different for me. And by that I mean the process in which it evolved. Normally I use Photoshop for creating layouts (like any web designer) but this time I created everything (minus the arrows) from within the browser. Everything just fell into place.
Thank you for the comments.
You mean those arrows aren't CSS only? What an amateur. Haha that's awesome, I didn't realise you were designing in the browser for this. Whatever you're doing is definitely working, hope it's progressing well since. Anyway, will catch up with you by email since apparently I didn't even know you were moving..!
@Claire Ha! Yeah, I started playing with a layout completely unrelated to this one and it just happened, thankfully. Looking forward to that email.
Looks promising Chris. Actually love the style.
In my aspiring web design / development days I always ended up doing all the edits straight on the servers, with just a copy of EditPlus and uploading small bits from Photoshop was all I wanted and needed. Many times I tried to do my designs entirely in Photoshop, but I think I just didn't have the patience.
Really appreciate the comment @Gert.
I would usually advocate design applications such as Photoshop and Illustrator for mockups. I've spent the last couple years trying to become comfortable with launching a site of my own but always became frustrated with how it looked. After the 100th time of scrapping what I had, I just started playing around with ideas in the browser. Miraculously it all came into place. You can take a sneak peek of it here.
I think my main frustration has always been 'generated code' from different applications such as Photoshop, Fireworks, etc, because I learned html, js and even OOP programming the hard way. I remember the time we did everything in html tables before css was introduced and html was new. The old way had its charms and I remember it was extremely difficult to achieve the same results in css with lots of hacks later on :) Fortunately a lot of great dedicated minds went into the efforts to make it all easier and more flexible for future designers / developers ;)
@Gert Absolutely. Especially now where we can replace what we used to need images for with CSS. I'm also glad other browsers, specifically IE, has come on board to implement proper standards.
I hadn't seen the intro text on the live preview till just now – I know I've already mentioned how I love the small caps first line, but it works even better with actual, real content. The purpose of the site is also beautifully explained (it's amazing how many websites fail to do something as simple as say what they're actually about). As well as everything else, I'm also really curious to read the articles themselves.
@Claire I changed the link above as that was a horrible example. The Brioche ampersand won't be featured on the site.
Anyway, I really appreciate all the feedback and support about the site. I'm just relieved that it's all coming together...finally. The intro text that you may have seen might be slightly different than the final version I have planned. Of course, I'll give you access before it's actually live for last minute feedback.
Last minute feedback will obviously be: it sucks, start over.
Yeah I had remembered for the ampersand, thanks for the updated link (and nice favicon). Anyway, all the best with the continued progression!
@Claire Haha. I'll be saying that to myself before launching either way. Thanks again.
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