New design for the blog

The time had come for a redesign of this site, and a move away from free wordpress templates towards something custom. Feedback is, of course, very welcome. I’ve tried to make sure a few bits of previous feedback were incorporated such as having recent comments nice and clear on the front page.

Post pages are, I hope, simple and readable. Comments (which are a massive part of why I write this thing) are also a little more readable and clear. Any bugs then let me know (unless you are on IE 6 1, in which case I am sorry, terribly sorry).

Looking forward to the Christmas break, as I have a tonne of draft stuff I need to post. In the meantime – why not cast your vote in the Absurd Latte Art Contest II.

UPDATE: For clarity – I did not do the design work here. I was merely a tyrannical and irritating client.
ANOTHER UPDATE: Full credit to Lawrence Brown for the design work.

  1. I know some people are stuck with this browser at work, but I probably shouldn’t condone reading my ramblings during working hours….  ↩︎

28 Comments

  1. So let me get this straight. You are a coffee god and also an amazing web designer? You suck, and you might just have one less follower on twitter.

  2. I cannot claim to have designed this site – and am very grateful to the person that did the work. I wish I was even vaguely capable at this stuff. I just came up with a list of stuff it needed to do. NO CREDIT FOR ME!

  3. James – the design of your blog changes more frequently than some baristas shower…

  4. It isn’t that often! (Unless you know some very smelly baristas!) I’ve never really been happy with off the peg templates – hence me changing it up looking for something that was a better fit. As this was built for me it should be around a good long time!

  5. I love the new design, but the font is showing up (at least in Chrome and Safari) as really chunky and difficult to read. Maybe it’s just me, though.

    Okay… it’s just this computer – I checked it on the iPhone 4 and the text is gorgeous. Pretend I said nothing.

  6. One of the bad things that let the old site down was that sometimes it took ages to load up the pages, I’ve just logged on and it loaded up so much quicker than usual so that is great.

    Happy Christmas to you and to Jim Seven users….

  7. I find it very organized, easy to find topics, clean design. Very elegant and sober.

  8. It is still running wordpress, just not using free generic templates for the design side any more. I like wordpress a lot!

  9. Oh good, I’ve been learning wordpress myself lately and I’m liking it a lot too.

    Nice job on your new template.

  10. Hehehe – overall, I think I like the new design. One thing that I didn’t like about the last build was that it did not note the number of comments – so if you wanted to follow a thread, you couldn’t just “glance” at the home page. On this build, I notice it stacks the comment notices on the left. Will follow your blog first and pass along any thoughts if they develop!

  11. Hehehe – overall, I think I like the new design. One thing that I didn’t like about the last build was that it did not note the number of comments – so if you wanted to follow a thread, you couldn’t just “glance” at the home page. On this build, I notice it stacks the comment notices on the left. Will follow your blog first and pass along any thoughts if they develop!

  12. Hehehe – overall, I think I like the new design. One thing that I didn’t like about the last build was that it did not note the number of comments – so if you wanted to follow a thread, you couldn’t just “glance” at the home page. On this build, I notice it stacks the comment notices on the left. Will follow your blog first and pass along any thoughts if they develop!

  13. The text is not displaying very clearly on my work computer, but I don’t remember having any issues from home. Both computers viewing with Firefox, it tends to make the text blotchy looking if that makes any sense.

  14. Is it possible to subscrive to new threads? I know you can follow a specific thread but is it possible to get an email every time there is a new topic?

  15. Thanks!

    I tried looking for a subscribe page both in the Abouts / Favourite articles / frontpage but couldn’t fint it.

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