It’s been just slightly over half a year since I released the previous design for this site. Today, I present to you what I’ve been working on, intermittently, for the past 5 months or so, ‘rc1’. To be honest, I was never terribly happy with the old design. At the time, I wanted something that was unique – I’d been using the Hemmed design that I had already released for use to all WordPress users. The theme, which I called ‘carbon’ at the time, was rushed out to fill that requirement. So about a month after that design was launched, I started work on something that I could be proud of. I named the design ‘rc1’ because it had that first release candidate feel – it was something I planned on using for this site, but I also wasn’t too certain of what I wanted the final product to look like. I did a lot searching through CSS galleries and gathered a lot of ideas. Plus is still is very much a work in progress. I plan on adding new features to it over the next little while, but the foundation is there.
In the meantime, I made quite a few changes to the existing carbon design. RC1 was looking delayed as I never really got much time to work on it towards the end of the study semester, and for the first couple months of the work semester this summer, I dreaded working on it. It seemed so far from completion and the act of fixing up all those little CSS formatting issues was tedious.
I made one final push on the design over the past 3 weeks or so and I’m launching the redesign of Random Process today. This design is something that I’m proud of. I’ve done a lot of bug-fixing over the past couple days and I think I’ve addressed most of them – definitely let me know if there’s something you see that’s out of whack. There are still a few things that I need to add, like a proper 404 page, but I imagine I’ll be able to get to that over the next few days.
I’d like to point out some of the improvements (aside from aesthetics) rc1 has over carbon:
- Reduction of HTTP objects from ~36 down to 24. I should be able to get that down to 20 or less with a little more optimization.
- Size reduced from ~135KB down to around 70KB.
- Better content layout, easier navigation – asides have been moved more out of the way to the sidebar
- Not completely broken in Internet Explorer 6 – carbon had some major issues with IE6
So if you’re reading this through a feed reader, you may want to pop into the site proper and take a look at the changes. I’d appreciate any comments, feedback, or bug reports.