The last time I redesigned this site I had a lot of ideas that had been gathering in my head, on little notepads, and in e-mails that all went into the design with no real focus on a set of design goals. And it showed.
This time around I had a solid set of design goals in mind and made a mental note to stick with them no matter what fancy crap I wanted to try. My design goals were:
- 1. Clean
- The design should flow over the entire page. Whitespace should be used in place of borders and separators when possible.
- 2. Lightweight
- 3. Scalable text
- Computer users are getting older (hell, I’m getting older!) and vision degrades with age but there is no reason that readability has to decrease.
- 4. Scalable layout
- If the text scales, it would be useful for users with large monitors to scale the window size as well.
- 5. Encourage discussion
- Making commenting controls more accessible and showing off users’ comments will surely encourage more feedback and discussion.
My original plan was to release this as a WordPress theme called ‘Edgy’ and post it at themes.wordpress.net, but unfortunately I doubt I’ll have the time to generalize it and package it up.
So, in the spirit of design goal #5, let me know what you think.