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Friday, 3 June 2011
I don't spend money on my blog (other than on photography and food) so my design is the result of my limited technical skills. The above photo is the design on my blog for the first couple of years. It took me that long to work out how to upload a banner photo.
I have recently read a Gerry McGovern article saying that "redesign is out, continuous improvement is in". (If you have an interest in hearing up the latest thinking on websites, I'd highly recommend subscribing to Gerry McGovern and Jakob Nielsen's newsletters.) In this piece it advises against radical change because people don't like change. This article made sense of why I felt uncomfortable every time I saw my new image.
Shabby Blog backgrounds. I have tried a few other side patterns but they were all too bold and took the eye away from my blog. That seemed wrong. So I am staying with the more subtle dots for now.
However I am not sure about my colours. They are in the ball park but I have been tweaking them. I got even more confused when I checked them on my work computer and the hue was different than at home. So I am not even sure what colours you are seeing when you read this.
So for those who are wondering if I will keep trying on new blog outfits, the answer is no. I may continue to make small changes to the design, especially the colours. My big dream now is to fix the position my blog banner which is too low and needs to be in the centre. There is always something! But it will be baby steps, as always. After all, people, continuous improvement is in!
More screen grabs (photos) of design changes at Drop Down Menus and Blog Changes (July 2013).
This blog is archived by the National Library of Australia's Pandora archive. You can see previous styles there.