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Facelift Time

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Blog entry by Martin Sojka posted 02-09-2007 08:08 PM 906 reads 0 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’m finally working from my office few hours per day after spending almost 3 months at home due to quite serious ankle injury (basketaball can be dangerous ha). I have better display in the office but the colors and the whole LJ design felt slightly washed out to me this week. So I decided for a facelift today. The plan was to add more contrast to the site using the dark brown background color. I’ve also improved header and the main navigation. Some other colors have been slightly adjusted too.

I’m planning to increase the width of the content area soon as well. That will result in more space for your projects, writings etc. I think that 800×600 resolution is far from standard these days ;)

So let me know what you think about this updated design, please. Hope you enjoy it.



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#1 posted 02-09-2007 08:36 PM

Martin – Nice changes. Thank you for all the hardwork. This is such an incredible forum and an amazing collection of talent. You have indeed harnessed the power of the internet to provide a great meeting place for woodworkers. It is an honor to be even a small part of this community.

-- http://foldingrule.blogspot.com

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#2 posted 02-09-2007 08:42 PM

When I just turned on, & I thought something was different looking. I didn’t take full notice until I read this blog. I think it looks great, the different shades of brown go good together. It’s easy on the eyes.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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#3 posted 02-09-2007 08:45 PM

Martin,
I like the rich, slightly textured, brown background. It creates a good contrast and grounds the middle frame much better. I see the pattern in the background matches the top area of the text section, tying it in very nicely.

It looks like you also adjusted the backgrounds for the top ad bar and the Home/Project…/Jocks bar to match the main background color. But is the bottom ad bar showing a different color? It looks slightly off.

All-in-all, very positive changes!

-- Ethan, http://thekiltedwoodworker.com

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#4 posted 02-09-2007 09:01 PM

I got a notice in my e-mail and should have expected the change but when it popped up, i thought …Very nice.

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#5 posted 02-09-2007 09:49 PM

The “Latest Blog Entries” view all hyperlink appears to be mis-aligned. I didn’t notice that the first time, so I’ll reload the screen and check it again…

Yep. Still off.

-- Ethan, http://thekiltedwoodworker.com

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Martin Sojka

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#6 posted 02-10-2007 12:00 AM

I’m glad you all like it.. thanks for the feedback.

Ethan, the bottom ad bar has same color as the top one. From my experience you can see the color inconsistency on many LCD panels in the vertical axis. But you’re right about the misplaced “view all” link in IE. I will fix that tmrw. thanks

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#7 posted 02-10-2007 12:05 AM

Martin, I’ve been doing some reading about Web 2.0 design. This article has three good design tips. Pay particular attention to the last one.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!" http://dpb-photography.me/

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#8 posted 02-10-2007 12:24 AM

Thanks for link to good article, Don. I’m trying to do as much research in the modern web design area as possible. Hope you dont think this slight facelift was just for design’s sake. I agree that good design is mostly about communication but it should please the eyes as well. I will read the rest of the article tomorrow – thanks for sharing ;)

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#9 posted 02-10-2007 02:10 AM

I noticed right away. Very rich….

(feeling the craving for some coffee… :)

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- http://blanchardcreative.etsy.com -- http://snbcreative.wordpress.com/

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#10 posted 02-10-2007 06:02 AM

No, Martin. I wasn’t making any implications, just wanted you to read what I think is an excellent article on web design and the direction in which things are move in this regard.

Wow! It’s changed again!

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!" http://dpb-photography.me/

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#11 posted 02-10-2007 06:36 AM

I’ve been contemplating re-doing my website for a long time, because I know mine has never been the conventional looking website, but then until recently is was basically just my favorites page.

Maybe it’s time to categorize and instead of stuffing everything on the main page, it’s time to regroup and do it like I’m serious.

Thanks for posting the Article Don

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Martin Sojka

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#12 posted 02-10-2007 06:09 PM

Debbie sent me PM where she said that the dark brown background color was distracting her when reading (“as if my eyes have to keep flipping between what I am reading and the outside background”) – hope you dont mind citing you here, Debbie ;) I’ve thanked Debbie for honesty and tried lighter brown backgorund. Now I also think that it works better and what’s most important it makes reading easier here. So everybody refresh your browser and let me know whether this change works for you ;) Thanks!

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#13 posted 02-10-2007 06:34 PM

That’s what I like about you Martin. Your always open for suggestions. I think this new color is an improvement. It makes the screen seem wider.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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#14 posted 02-10-2007 06:36 PM

damn, and I hadn’t even noticed. Now that you mention it, I like the lighter brown too.

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#15 posted 02-10-2007 10:22 PM

I guess I didn’t have time to get used to the darker chocolate color… I din’t notice it either until I opened this thread…. now it’s like a latte!

Looks fine to me. still complimentary. Yes… the page doesn’t seem as tight.

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- http://blanchardcreative.etsy.com -- http://snbcreative.wordpress.com/

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