Stop the (Design) Madness

I know, I know. As a few readers have wondered: when are the changes in appearance going to stop? Ever since I began the site overhaul I have been at a loss to determine how the site should look and function. The older design was meant to emphasize the “day book” nature of the site, something I want to keep, but I also want to make reading longer pieces easier, and the old design was a little cramped. The old design also didn’t use any of the newer WordPress functionality — heck, it didn’t use a lot of the old WordPress functionality.

In order to make the older site use as few computing resources as possible, I had stripped out much of the dynamic code, but that also meant I lost things like widgets, which make it easy to drop in such functionality as a Recent Posts block. I have also been looking forward to the new post format functionality coming out in WP 3.1. I’m running the beta right now, but I haven’t decided how I want to format visually the different kinds of posts — a visual tag with some changes in what is displayed is the usual way to do it, and that is probably how I will do it, but it also means I need to take my CSS skills up one level (at least).

Here is what I have been looking for in a theme:

  • Support of the new-ish loop.php functionality which makes coding various kind of “sub” pages easier
  • Support of post format
  • A smaller CSS — and one not requiring includes, which a lot of the grid-based styles depend upon
  • White space

This is the new design, by the way. It’s called Jotter and it’s based on Ghostwriter by Bruno Calvacante. Calvacante’s design was lovely, but I wanted something a bit more modern looking. Much of the CSS, for now, is his, but I have slowly been making changes under the hood. But, let me say, cheers to him for embracing the new HTML elements available in HTML5.