Hot on the heels of the recent Wisdump redesign I figured I would take the design momentum over to ScrivsTyme (ST) and finally give it the much needed facelift that it has been crying for. The previous version, aka DooDooBrown, was just horrendous to look at both aesthetically and from a structural standpoint. It was setup as a basic two-column blog, but the site has outgrown that structure so a change was needed.
ST has become a community within itself. Part blog, part podcast (video and audio) and a thriving forum meant that a layout was needed that conveyed all of that information without overwhelming the readers. Structurally I like the direction the site has gone. Interesting enough the audience wanted a busier site because they felt it would be easier to access information and I can now understand where they are coming from. The podcast itself, still being the dominant form of content, gets its own column on the left while the meta sections of the site garner the right two columns.
To top it off I wanted to add a bit of testosterone to the site so I created another version which can be easily accessed through the theme switcher in the upper-right corner. Due to the color scheme I chose (white, blue, and pink) a smooth transition to a darker scheme was easy. Just a few minor color changes and I came up with the dark version.
As usual there are some loose ends that I need to tie up, but go on over and have a look. Listen to a podcast or two to see if you like what’s going on. Just because two geeks run it, don’t think for a second that geek content is involved. I mean if you are interested in hooking up with Tyme White I even offer some tips in the latest show.
Unfortunately for me and luckily for you I don’t have anymore sites to undesign, but it was definitely fun getting the structure for both ST and Wisdump down. In the future I would love to get a professional to run their hand over the site and give it their finishing touch. For now though I’ll just go back to sticking with content.
Originally posted on August 1, 2006 @ 5:49 am