Those Redesign Blues

Published on March 8, 2006

It’s high time that Born Geek had a facelift, so I’m in the process of brainstorming, sketching, and Photoshopping site layout ideas. Unfortunately, my lack of artistic ability hinders what little creativity I have. Fortunately, there are several incredible sources of inspiration on the web:

My current dilemma: fixed or fluid width? The current incarnation of the site is fluid (in the sense that increasing text size increases the site’s width). Accessibility is improved with such designs … but the actual designing step is that much harder. Getting things to look nice at all scale factors is quite a trick.

Too often I just jump into the code and play around until I have something I like. This time around, however, I plan on doing things a little more formally; namely, creating a design in Photoshop before I even write the first bits of code. Not only will that help me visualize the layout better in a shorter amount of time, but it also gives me a chance to play with Photoshop CS2. My target window for the redesign is sometime within the next 60 days.

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