As you begin to know me better, you will understand that programming runs through my blood. When my affinity with programming grew, I started to get carried away. I spent all of my time learning how to program, and none of it learning design. This has left me fairly lopsided. Why is any of this relevant? Because I am going to design my blog, and I want your help.

My design process normally consists of 10+ hours of brain freeze, lack of creativity, and frustration. I become a never positive, always critical grump. Not too long ago, I decided to do a 15 minute design to see what I could create without thinking about how bad it was. Here is the result.

Where do you come in? Well, Chris and Kevin are always willing to make fun of me lend a helping hand, but the more the merrier, right? I want all of the truthful criticism I can get. I want to be publically humiliated. Anything it takes to become a better designer.

The current version is boring, looks too much like a blog, and has no finished graphics (ie: the header). On the other hand, the markup is fairly nice (hah! thats not design). Where do I go from here? I’ve got my own ideas, but would love to consider others.

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  1. Kevin Hale · 5 years ago

    Markup is design. Your mom is design. Everything is design.

  2. ben · 5 years ago

    I’ve also been gathering ideas on sprucing up my website and finaly making the total CSS conversion- I’m currently working as an ActionScript programmer/UI designer and haven’t put in enough time yet.

    Some of the differences I’ve seen between ‘nice’ or ‘clean’ sites like yours and really captivating, solid designs:

    Depth- textures and drop shadow work wonders when they are done right.

    Rich photography/media- Used in a manner which balances color/texture and content areas of a site. This site is definitely super low on graphics.

    Something different- at least one page element that does something really cool- could be UI feature, a nice simple animation can be enough to pass.. I’ve been thinking about looking more into JS and list interactions- might be a good way to go for a programmer ;)

    Enjoyed reading your blog!