I had originally commissioned the design of my blog back in October 2008. The designers took a ridiculously long time and by March 2009 I told them to either ship or forget it.
What they ended up delivering was acceptable, but there were always things about it I didn’t like. However, I am also a very serious procrastinator so I kept putting off getting the changes made.
The biggest complaint people had was reading white text on a black background. The idea behind having a black background was that it is better for displaying photos, which I still think is true. However, it isn’t the best when it comes to displaying text. I noticed that with the black background, it was very difficult to differentiate between bold text and regular text.
Another thing I never liked was the way captions were displayed under images. The old captions were a baby blue box which was under each photo. I didn’t like the color and I didn’t like how I had to compensate for the caption when figuring out how text would flow around and image in an article.
Now captions float on top of the images, which I think not only looks better, but makes it easier to do layout.
In total, this is something less than getting a totally new site developed and something more than just a minor tweak. That is what I’m calling this the 3.5 version of the site.
Please let me know what you think of the new layout and any suggestions you might have.