Redesign

This is what I did so far on the redesign. Nothing is final yet, (for one thing, I may do a different kind of leading between the buttons) but I really, truly am sick of pastels. I snagged these colors directly off a couple of medieval stained glass windows — I love stained glass, especially that which was done with the limited color palette of the Middle Ages. I’ll work on this as I can — the link will stay good, so if you’re curious about how the work is coming, go ahead and bookmark it.

Comments are left in place intentionally. Will be happy to hear opinions.


Offering web help
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shay on
Thursday, December 02 2004 @ 05:40 AM CST
love the stained glass look, but i read in an old post that you said you didn’t have time to do a long haul on it (or something to that effect) so i was just offering you my services if help is needed and i would work for free.
if you’re interested and don’t think i’m completely mad in asking my email address is: silly_sunshine_bear@hotmail.com
my web page. www.sally-stephenson.co.uk (new layout currently under construction tho)
either way, love the blog, love the site and hoping to get a copy of MR for xmas
-Sally (UK)
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Redesign
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samgodwin on
Tuesday, November 30 2004 @ 05:36 PM CST
Beautiful, Holly. Love the brightness.
Section colors
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lindasprinkle on
Tuesday, November 30 2004 @ 09:58 AM CST
Nice, Holly! I’m liking it so far.

Linda

Section colors
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hollylisle on
Tuesday, November 30 2004 @ 06:01 AM CST
The backgrounds for each section will be the light and primary
colors for each button, with the hue and tone colors saved for
highlighting. Because I do the main site with SSI, setting up

alternate backgrounds for sections and then messing around with
them to get the right contrast (pretty + easy on the eyes) is trivial.
One <1kb file changes the background color for an entire section,
and can be swapped out repeatedly without requiring a reload/
reformat of every page in the section.

Redesign
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Carlie on
Monday, November 29 2004 @ 10:09 PM CST
I am a big fan of change, and I love the new suggested layout alot. It looks very professional. I think that if you change the back ground in each section to match the buttons, that would work very well. Other wise, I love the blue as it is.

I love it how dream weaver makes it so easy to update a whole site. Such a time saver!


xoxo Carlie

http://carlie-michelle.com

Redesign
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PolarBear on
Monday, November 29 2004 @ 08:47 PM CST
So, is it possible the color of the buttons will relate to the background sidebar of the respective page? That would give a nice touch of continuity. (I noticed the Diary button seems to do that.)
ooooh!
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PolarBear on
Monday, November 29 2004 @ 08:41 PM CST
You may quote me on that.
Redesign
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arrvee on
Monday, November 29 2004 @ 07:44 PM CST
The buttons are gorgeous. Great 3-D effect on them. I like the blue background, but then I’m a nut for almost anything blue. I think it’s bright enough to give good contrast to text and graphics, but not bright enough to be glaring.

Good work!

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PiroEyes on
Monday, November 29 2004 @ 06:47 PM CST
Don’t colours beg to reflect something of our inner self? I’m all for change usually, so if that’s your calling, well, by all means: fire the pastels!!

It’s hard to judge background without its significant text other.. but the fading buttons are definitely nice. Esp. the ‘SiteMap’ and ‘Diary’ ones. I just hope that your Silent Bounce colours won’t change too soon. The violet bars in here please the iris much.

Take care. And good luck with all yer creative missions. 🙂

Redesign
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TinaK on
Monday, November 29 2004 @ 06:45 PM CST
I love the vibrant colors of the buttons Holly. I can’t wait to see what it looks like when it all comes together.
Redesign
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ankinde on
Monday, November 29 2004 @ 03:47 PM CST
The buttons are sharp. I like the gloss and the hint of convexity. As for the main page color, not that I don’t like blue, but the blue shown seems too pastel compared to the jewel tones of the buttons–so I’m with ValMarie about that. The blue of the Books button seems a better tone, imo. Still it’s a lovely start.
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Yolanda on
Monday, November 29 2004 @ 02:48 PM CST
I actually like the new background colour, it’s very nice… and the buttons look great! So, my vote is YES to the new design that you’ve given us a sneek-peek of!

Oh, and talking of sneaking… can I just sneak in a little comment about MIDNIGHT RAIN? I read it last week, it was so engrossing I actually read it right away! And well, Holly, I loved it! It was so full of suspense that I couldn’t wait to turn the page to see what would happen next… and the two characters (main POVs) were very likeable. I cared so much about their ordeal it was another reason I had to push on. It was a lovely book, thank you for sharing such a wonderful story w/ us.

Redesign
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pkurilla on
Monday, November 29 2004 @ 01:30 PM CST
Add another voice in favor of the new design and colors.

I’m not sure I agree re: the light blue background, but non-white is good (having some color to the background seems to be easier on my eyes than plain white).

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ValMarie on
Monday, November 29 2004 @ 01:19 PM CST
I am definitely enjoying the clors you’ve chosen as the buttons. Very attractive, but still non-obtrusive. I don’t like the pale blue that has been chosen as the main background color. It’s just my personal opinion and I’m not so against it that I would leave your site based on the color. (Yes, there are colors that would make me stop visiting a site.) I like the green from the sidebar a lot though.

On the whole, very attractive. I look forward to its eventual unveiling.

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Nox on
Monday, November 29 2004 @ 01:17 PM CST
Very sharp. Those buttons are great (bonus points for the jazzy shine effects on each!) and it all looks a little easier to navigate so far. I really like the contrast between the background and site links too. Fresh and bold – so I’m looking forward to seeing it updated.

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