OK, so here you have it! Just after midnight. There are certainly still bugs in this design, but we’re most of the way there. I’ve got a few other bobbles and extras I’ll be adding in the coming days and months, but this is the main look and feel for the thing. Watch the upper-right corner of the main white window for something fun in the coming days (or weeks if I’m really busy). I’m really hoping you’ll all give your honest feedback about it. Even the silent lurkers! It was extremely challenging to get it all to work even as well it does, but now that it’s up, it feels really rewarding.
Those of you who aren’t using Internet Explorer are probably being treated to the goodness known as PNG images. (Soon the IE users will also get to see the PNGs properly once I’m done making the necessary tweaks. Right now they unfortunately see ugly grey areas where the images are supposed to be transparent.) The “joshlewis.org” graphic at the top and the drop shadows and rounded corners on the main white window are all PNGs. Even the upper-left corner is rounded. You just can’t see it without removing the joshlewis.org graphic. But if you did, you’d see it under there.
My friend Eddie said something on this very blog a few months ago that I’ve had running around in the back of my web-developing brain since then. He said that websites (or at least a few that I made) look too boxy. I thought about that comment and I decided that I agreed enough to try to do something about it on my site. I don’t want it to be boxy, I want it to be beautiful. I want it to be layered and kinda pop out at you when you see it. Boxy flatness is a common problem, but most web designers satisfy themselves with either 1) looking boxy because it’s too hard not to, or 2) using lots of solid background colors that cover the entire page, thus giving the impression that it’s not their website that is boxy, but that it’s really just the browser window boxing them in. I didn’t want a solid color background, but I also didn’t want corners in my design. (You’ll notice that there is currently not a single right angle in this entire design.) So I sought out the wisdom of the web design geniuses at A List Apart, and I quenched my thirst with their article titled
I’ll continue tweaking what you see based on your feedback over the next few weeks. You’ll notice that the individual entry pages and comments stuff haven’t really been tweaked much yet. I’ll get to it.
Update: w00t. It validates.
Update 2: I figured I’d post a JPG of what it’s supposed to look like so those using IE can see it now. (Then again, they could just download Firefox if they wanted a better browsing experience.)