I finally got off my ass and finished the redesign for this website. As you can see it is quite a drastic change from the previous version and I thought I would give some insight to what went into the last two developments.
The previous theme was honestly something I threw together fairly quickly. I had just started using WordPress and I wanted to see how it was built so I dove right in. Of course, as always happens when you rush things, I didn’t really put in any thought as to what I wanted it to look like. The design was mainly inspired by my iPhone case and it meant I didn’t have to think much. Almost since the start I have regretted not spending more time on getting it right. There were several issues that drove me insane when looking at the site. First, I never did set up the single page CSS correctly, so the sidebar slid all over the place. Second was that I used rounded corners even though I knew that Microsoft doesn’t support it. Every time I saw my site in Internet Explorer I shut the browser down as I couldn’t stand to look at it.
About a year ago, I came up with a kernel of an idea of what I wanted to do with the look of the site. My inspiration comes from old blues and jazz albums of the 60’s. I really like the monochrome photograph look as it sets a mood while showcase the artist. I worked on several variations of this, experimented with logos and the like, but nothing stuck until I started playing with some CSS3 transitions. I went with a more modern look with a nice large font for the title and a semi-transparent background. The background photo is of me in my office working on games as that is where I spend a lot of time (maybe too much). I added the film grain to it to make it a bit more of a memory, which is how I see the content of the site.
Going forward I plan on making some further changes, but most of that is waiting on content to be created first. For that, you are going to have to wait a bit.
Thanks for checking out the refreshed website!