Originally, I had planned to fully redo this site over the summer. Start from scratch, completely, and rebuild. You were supposed to arrive one day to find it entirely black with black and white photos of models posing in little clothing, for example, or a fantastic Web 2.0 interface, or little virtual worlds delivered in high quality video graphics.
Then a couple of things happened. First, I found I was busy for large chunks of the summer doing silly things like earning money. Second, even if I could design those things, you’d probably see them rolling out in the year 2020 when everyone else in the entire world has already got little virtual worlds delivered in high quality video graphics. But most importantly, I actually quite liked the design already. Well, it worked for what I wanted to do, and the whole thing took a lot of work to put together in the first place, so why throw the baby out with the bathwater?
The result is what you see before you now. (If you don’t, press Ctrl and F5 together to force refresh your browser and insist on downloading the new stylesheet.) Aside from some funky new colours and deft reorganisation of content, the main change for the user is the new emphasis on photos. It’s no Flickr, but thanks to a little bit of software from Flash Nifties photographs which were previously hidden away in blog archives should gradually make it to the light of day again, thanks to revamped galleries and randomised slideshows on the homepage.
There’s still more to do, and I wouldn’t be surprised if the changes have broken some things, but I hope the new look proves satisfactory. And, naturally, it is utterly unrelated to the new RV design, as ever.[Comments on this post now enabled, thanks Saoirse]