My blog design, you like?

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in General Discussion edited January 2014
I'm starting me a little, old blog soon. I guess you need one these days it seems. Made the mockup design in iWeb. I'll be doing the real thing later on - adding a leather header etc.



Hopefully I'll get it out there sometime in March. Just curious to see what people thought of the design I had in mind. Best viewed in Safari, though the drop shadow will be be present in all browsers when the actual blog is born.

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  • Reply 1 of 17
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Ireland View Post


    I'm starting me a little, old blog soon. I guess you need one these days it seems. Made the mockup design in iWeb. I'll be doing the real thing later on - adding a leather header etc.



    Hopefully I'll get it out there sometime in March. Just curious to see what people thought of the design I had in mind. Best viewed in Safari, though the drop shadow will be be present in all browsers when the actual blog is born.



    It's pretty cool... only thing I'd change would be turn the "taking notes?" either white or a lighter shade of the leather strip, just for legibility's sake. Nice and simple. And you can even include Google AdWords now too, right?
  • Reply 2 of 17
    irelandireland Posts: 17,620member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by SpamSandwich View Post


    It's pretty cool... only thing I'd change would be turn the "taking notes™" either white or a lighter shade of the leather strip, just for legibility's sake. Nice and simple. And you can even include Google AdWords now too, right?



    Thanks Spam. Yeah well that's not leather, it's more plastic. I'll be adding a totally different leather binding top to final blog design, the font we'll likely look totally different too. I'm not doing the blog itself in iWeb, just the mock-up. And I won't be adding any ads either, not ever.



    Just updated that logo - a little bit more pronounced now. Oh and the url [which I was lucky to get] will be takingnotes.net
  • Reply 3 of 17
    Looking good mate and kudos on the domain, I really like it.



    I've been 'trying' to design a blog for a LONG time but I have an erratic mind that cannot settle on a layout etc... I've been trying to get my head round good/efficient design. I have dozens of sketches and photoshop montage mockups made from other peoples designs.



    Your idea is nice and simple, I like the little sketches/ideas on the Apple keyboard too
  • Reply 4 of 17
    Everything looks really good, design wise. My only "problem," and this is just semantics, is the "TM." Unless it's actually a registered trademark it's unlawful to claim it is. But ignoring the legal crap, it just looks stupid... what's the point of having it anyways?
  • Reply 5 of 17
    tilttilt Posts: 396member
    Simple and minimalistic. I like it. A very welcome change from pages that are so noisy and cluttered and where the meat is so little and the fluff is so much!



    Good luck and cheers.
  • Reply 6 of 17
    irelandireland Posts: 17,620member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by icfireball View Post


    Everything looks really good, design wise. My only "problem," and this is just semantics, is the "TM." Unless it's actually a registered trademark it's unlawful to claim it is. But ignoring the legal crap, it just looks stupid... what's the point of having it anyways?



    I asked a trademark lawyer about that TM, he said I can use it. You only need to actually have a trademark if you want to use ® according to him, but not ™. I may not keep in on the final blog though, I'll think it over. "R" is the registered trademark symbol, "TM" is the trademark symbol. I'll see you in court
  • Reply 7 of 17
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Ireland View Post


    I asked a trademark lawyer about that TM, he said I can use it. You only need to actually have a trademark if you want to use ® according to him, but not ?. I may not keep in on the final blog though, I'll think it over. "R" is the registered trademark symbol, "TM" is the trademark symbol. I'll see you in court



    Good stuff. Whatever works for you.
  • Reply 8 of 17
    Hmm.



    I dislike the colours. Do you need three colours? Why not use that pale red for the links and for the date? The blue seems out of place, and I find the date line (and last week link) hard to read.



    A bigger footer? I don't think it would be too much weight to duplicate the sidebar at the bottom in a paragraph form: "You can contact me, read the archives, etc?".



    I might replace "about me" with "colophon" as well.



    I prefer Helvetica Neue to regular Helvetica, but that's certainly a personal preference. I do like how you've stuck with a single font for the whole design.



    Increase the headline weight? Ditch the dotted link line (people are used to headlines = links) and perhaps increase the size a touch?



    I find it impossible to read the "taking notes" at the top. Can you carve it deeper/lighten it up? To fit with the notepad theme, I might even write Taking Notes on a piece of paper and scan it in for use at the top.



    Finally, it looks like a fixed width design: how well does it scale on small and large screens? The image doesn't really help with that.



    Overall though, I like it, I just have quibbles with the details.
  • Reply 9 of 17
    irelandireland Posts: 17,620member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Electric Monk View Post


    Hmm.



    I dislike the colours. Do you need three colours? Why not use that pale red for the links and for the date? The blue seems out of place, and I find the date line (and last week link) hard to read.



    A bigger footer? I don't think it would be too much weight to duplicate the sidebar at the bottom in a paragraph form: "You can contact me, read the archives, etc…".



    I might replace "about me" with "colophon" as well.



    I prefer Helvetica Neue to regular Helvetica, but that's certainly a personal preference. I do like how you've stuck with a single font for the whole design.



    Increase the headline weight? Ditch the dotted link line (people are used to headlines = links) and perhaps increase the size a touch?



    I find it impossible to read the "taking notes" at the top. Can you carve it deeper/lighten it up? To fit with the notepad theme, I might even write Taking Notes on a piece of paper and scan it in for use at the top.



    Finally, it looks like a fixed width design: how well does it scale on small and large screens? The image doesn't really help with that.



    Overall though, I like it, I just have quibbles with the details.



    I understand all that. I may make things easier to read, they are faded because they aren't important though. I definitely disagree with your thinking on the blue thing, that only appears when rolled-over, all you see is the blue line normally, which doesn't stand out all that much. The blue stands out during rollover for good reason. Helvetica Neue? That's interesting. Thanks for all your feedback, and as I said that is not the final header.
  • Reply 10 of 17
    irelandireland Posts: 17,620member
    Oh and about 'colophon', I don't need to be fancy. Everyone knows what 'about me' means, so that will do me.
  • Reply 11 of 17
    it looks good - nice and simple.



    maybe a different colour for the background tho, looks a little grey perhaps.
  • Reply 12 of 17
    irelandireland Posts: 17,620member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by stustanley View Post


    it looks good - nice and simple.



    maybe a different colour for the background tho, looks a little grey perhaps.



    You mean a lot gray



    It's gray for a reason though, it's stops any distractions from the content etc., and other reasons. What color would you choose?



    I was thinking about going for a wood background at first, but I couldn't find one good enough. And that's been done too many times already I felt.
  • Reply 13 of 17
    irelandireland Posts: 17,620member
    What about this?
  • Reply 14 of 17
    In honesty, it is clumsy with all the images.



    Use CSS to make sure they are relegated to the background and do all styling in CSS. Use borders whenever possible (as opposed to images). It should be easy to read and easy to highlight/select text.



    I would play with font sizes and colors to make it more readable.



    Edit: Make sure the page is compatible with font-size zooming features of major browsers.



    You are going in the direction of something fun, though.
  • Reply 15 of 17
    irelandireland Posts: 17,620member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Xian Zhu Xuande View Post


    In honesty, it is clumsy with all the images.



    It's just a mock up. It's not the real thing. It's just what the real thing might look like is all.
  • Reply 16 of 17
    It draws kind of slowly, but otherwise looks nice.
  • Reply 17 of 17
    irelandireland Posts: 17,620member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Splinemodel View Post


    It draws kind of slowly, but otherwise looks nice.



    Thanks, it's only a mockup using images. The real thing will be way faster.
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