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Woot! The New Hotness Has Arrived!

by DigitalDoyle

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Woot, indeed! FINALLY! ;o)

I’ve been wanting to get this cool new design launched since the first time Amy Stewart sent it to me. It took everything I had to squelch my galaxy-sized stubborn male ego and ask her if she would help me with the new design. We talked about some of the ideas I’d been having and when I saw what she came up with, it knocked my socks off. I’ve tweaked it just a bit, but by and large it’s pretty much what her Fireworks comp looks like.

Thank you, Amy, for such an awesome design! I couldn’t be happier with it. I finally have an easily update-able framework to work within and build upon. This site also uses the latest version of DIYThemes/Chris Pearson’s Thesis. I am completely sold on Thesis. It’s rock solid and so far I’ve found few limits.

I still don’t have all the content created or posted yet, but the framework and layout is up and running and that was my goal for this very busy weekend.  The site uses CSS3 to do the cool curved corners. Those of you with IE8 won’t see those, but will instead see sharp corners. No biggie.

Please leave me a comment letting me know what you think and if there’s anything that needs tweaking or has problems. I can’t wait to fill this site up with content! Cheers!

 

So what can we do for you?

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Kieron November 23, 2009 at 3:40 am

Wow! And double-wow! Looking SHAAAARP. Really nice job to both of you. Need to find out more about Thesis for WP. Look forward to tweeting links to all your shiny new posts too.

Top work!

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DigitalDoyle November 23, 2009 at 9:25 am

Kieron! Thanks for stopping by!

Thesis is an awesome framework. Out of the box it’s literally black and white, but you can make it into anything you can imagine.

Amy outdid herself with this one. I wanted something full of life and color, rather than the monochromatic designs my machine head usually comes up with. I could not be more pleased with how it’s turning out.

Got a whole rack of content lined up and planned for it. Been so busy with paying work lately that there’s been no time to build this out. Now that the hard part is done, the rest is a piece of cake!

Thanks for the comment, my friend!

And folks should check out Kieron’s outstanding mucisal compositions and songs at kieron.net.

Oh man… I gotta put a wysiwyg editor in here to make comment formatting and links easier. ;o)

Thanks Kieron!

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Benjamin November 23, 2009 at 9:08 am

Love the new site design. The only issue I have is more of an accessibility issue. The blue color on the post headers sometimes fades into the background (because of the blue background) for those of us with slight color blindness issues. Other than that… looks great.

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Benjamin November 23, 2009 at 9:08 am

WHOA… and for some reason the gravatars are huge. I mean seriously… look at the SIZE of my nose!!!!

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DigitalDoyle November 23, 2009 at 9:17 am

Heh! Your nose is fine. ;o) I’ve got the avatars set for 96×96 at the moment, and I’ll probably reduce them a bit, once I’ve had time to live and work with this new layout.

Thanks for your point about the blue on blue and color blindness. Never considered that. I’ll make those a bit brighter and lighter so there’s more contrast.

Thank you for your comments, and thanks for taking a look at the site! Much appreciated!

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Spamboy November 23, 2009 at 9:48 am

Doyle, looks sharp. I like the transperancy of the foreground against the electric background. I do agree the avatars seem a bit out of proportion against the rest of the design.

FYI — I first accessed this on my iPhone, and since you’re running the WPTouch plugin, I didn’t see what had changed until I got back to my home computer. 🙂

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DigitalDoyle November 23, 2009 at 12:55 pm

Thanks Matt!

I agree and am going to knock those avatars down a bit.

Re: iPhone WPTouch plugin… The content is the same, as is the generic iPhone theme. I do need to create custom icons for it though, and I’ll do that shortly.

Appreciate the visit and the feedback! ;o)

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Amy Stewart November 24, 2009 at 10:16 am

Hey Doyle, you did a fantastic job with this! I think it looks great, and I love the additional layers of transparency you added to my original design.

One funny thing I noticed on Firefox & Safari is that when you start to scroll up, the bottom rounded corners of the top navbar and social media toolbar square off as you scroll. It’s not really something I’d think needs fixing– it’s just an unusual effect. You can only notice it if you scroll very slowly and keep your eye on the bottom rounded corners.

Fantastic job, as always. You really are pushing the Thesis envelope!

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DigitalDoyle November 24, 2009 at 10:32 am

Hi Amy! [thunderous applause here! ;)]

I noticed the rounded corner thing in FF and Safari. Those upper nav and subscription backgrounds are pngs. I’m going to replace them with single-pixel transparent backgrounds and the CSS3 rounded corners I’m using for the rest of the backgrounds.

Once again, Amy, thank you so much for this excellent design. And please do continue to let your imagination run wild to come up with more and more of these challenging creative designs. Bringing them to life makes me a much better developer than I would otherwise be, and I appreciate that.

We make a great team, you and I. WE are pushing the Thesis/WP envelope. Vision without execution is lifeless. Execution with out creative vision is dull. You and me? We kick a$$! 😉

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