Those Redesign Blues

Mar 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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