It has been probably… eight years since I did a site redesign. We’re going with this one for the time being. Here’s what I changed and why:
The Title–The old site was named “the prodigal” with all lower case letters. When I first started this, I wanted to emphasize the casual nature of it, the come-and-go feel. Lower case just seemed to speak to that. The name itself is from the parable of the prodigal son (Luke 15: 11 – 32) and was chosen because it speaks to the transitory nature of humanity and how we as a species can change, grow, and digress.
I still love the title, but I wanted the capital letters in the name now. It just feels time to formalize a bit. As the blog has matured, so has the content from the whimsy of “what do I do” to directed and consistent topics.
Color–Yeah, it’s yellow. Get over it. 🙂 I’m a yellow kind of guy. I’m also colorblind, so if it’s not really yellow, will someone please tell me now?
I chose that particular shade to not be overly obnoxious–vibrant yellow can be hard on the eyes–but still yellow. It is yellow, right?
Fonts–If I had anything I’m not quite sure about, it’s the fonts. I love the body font (can’t think of what it’s called right now…). Gentle, whispy serifs, a strong vertical stance, and shallower but not shallow ascenders and descenders. It’s also broad of body, which I like. It’s a good font.
I’m less fond of the header. I like the left-to-right slant to the letters; it feels gently aggressive. I also like the whispy nature of the stroke. I made it italic, which I’m not sure I like. I might take that off. I really don’t like it in the subheaders, which I don’t often use. It feels… ew. I love this font for the title at the very top of the page which is probably why I chose it. I’ll sit on this for a day or two.
Image–I used to have a picture of the Inside Passage from the beach at Point Lena in Juneau. That was a favorite spot of mine looking out over beautiful Southeast Alaska. It’s been over 12 years since we’ve been back, and it just seemed appropriate to put something more recent as the picture.
The picture I chose is of my bees cleaning the wax from my most recent harvest. It was a sunny September afternoon, and I went and sat not 18 inches from the swarms going after that wax and let the thousands of bees swirl around me, crawl through my hair, down my face and arms, and all over. The sound was incredible, the smell intoxicating, and the feeling of peace and oneness with these miraculous creatures near overwhelming. Basically, imagine that picture, multiply the bees by about a thousand, and then put them swarming all over you. Yeah… I’m weird. You knew that already. 🙂
Widgets–The last thing I did was dropped a couple widgets on the right side. I honestly don’t even remember what they were, so I guess that’s why I dropped them.
Let me know what you think of the new design! If you hate it, let me know that, too! And for the love, if it’s not yellow, will someone please tell me!!