Geek Smithology

December 11, 2005

The Themes, they are a Changin’

Filed under: Announce by Nathan @ 7:46 pm

Holy stark naked Natman, what’s up with the new look? Good question, with a fairly long answer.

First off, I didn’t find the old design to be very readable, therefore it wasn’t very user friendly. I did think it was pretty cool, but that only lasts for so long.

Second, I wanted to exercise some web usability tips I’ve picked up along the way, so my blog now features such niceties as links that behave like links, text that is both readable and flows better with the window size (I really wanted to go down to a one column layout, but I just couldn’t do it), and a loading time that is slightly more reasonable (I feel comfortable blaming my provider for that one, though)

Third, like most of the blogosphere, I read Weblog Usability: The Top Ten Design Mistakes by Jakob Nielson and was shamed into action. I think I’m (now) doing okay with 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 9, and 10. I’m not doing so well with 7, and I just can’t bring myself to care about 8. I’m not really trying to market or sell anything, and I’m truly doing this for myself, so I’m not gonna start up five blogs just because I have five things I want to talk about. If you only like my tech postings, then feel free to subscribe only to that category.

So, there is is. I imagine most of my readership is through an aggregator anyway, so all of this might not mean much, but I’d appreciate any feedback good, bad, or ugly as to what y’all think of the new digs. Minimalism is the key.

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