It’s more than half way through my reading week and I’m finding some (okay, let’s be honest, lots of) time between studying to relax and work on some things I’m a bit more interested in… like another redesign of random process. I started the process last semester, but the punishing overtime left me with little energy to do much more than pick a color palette.
I finally sat down and whipped up some mocks this past week and they’re coming along quite nicely. I won’t give away the farm yet, but here are a few select portions of the design.
There are many things I like with the existing design, such as the ‘topbar’ before the content. However, I wanted to streamline those components and really focus on what they’re intended to do: drive readership. That means I’m taking out recent comments in favor of more prominent placement for the feed. You can already subscribe to individual post comments, so displaying the recent ones doesn’t seem as valuable as increasing subscribers.
A first for random process, I’m going have a ‘static’ home page, designed to act as a portfolio of my interests. It’s time I better organized the things I’m passionate about, as opposed to simply writing them here, interspersed with everything else. I want to immediately impress upon a first-time viewer what I’m interested in and what he/she can expect to find.
I’m not sure when the design will actually be implemented. Hopefully I can put in a couple hours each week to complete it before the end of the semester.