Back in November I redesigned the theme for my personal WordPress blog at www.alancoleman.com, and I called it Charcoal and Vanilla. It was a fairly quick piece if work and I was reasonably happy with the outcome, it’s a personal blog afterall, not the end of the world.
From the start it just didn’t sit right. The CSS3 gradients would double up, they looked odd depending on the browser / platform configuration and I wasn’t happy with the page load speed. Okay, I could have fixed these snagging issues with some time and effort but a blog is more about content than presentation, yes design is important but I didn’t want to lose sight of why I do this. Fun.
So I went for a simpler approach with a new grey and Burnt Orange affair. Stripped back, all the layers and gradients have gone leaving a much cleaner interface. It loads quicker due to the lack of background images and it generally looks a lot more up to date.
Great fun and only a couple of hours work.