Monday, August 15, 2011

The 2-hour redesign: Whaddya think?

Oh, how I long for all those oodles of time I used to have fiddling with fonts and fretting over layout choices.

This website redesign was not that. This was a whole lot of: "That doesn't look horrible, let's do that."

Although I guess I should admit that I spent a while on the banner but that's only because Photoshop Elements is — and I say this as someone with a lot of Adobe experience — completely counter-intuitive and offensively frustrating. If I thought there were a better image editing program for Macs I would buy it in an instant.

But apparently it's good that I spent time on the banner because it's now GIGANTIC. I don't know how I feel about that. I think I've decided it's sort of neat. Like the cover of a book and then you "look inside" by scrolling down. At least, that's what I'm going to tell myself because I really don't know how I would redesign it.

Also a very cool new addition is a button and grab box for FOR(m)UM, the forum I'm hosting for moms (dads are more than welcome, just not represented yet!) of multiples with cerebral palsy. I'm totally stoked about this forum and I'm so happy that people are finding connections there. If you would like to tell your friends/readers about it, please do and grab the button on the upper right while you're at it. (I know, it would be nice if the button were bigger, but I can't figure out how to do that yet. It would also be nice if I had a button for my actual blog... but it looks like that will have to wait for the next time I can string more than 15 baby-free minutes together.)

Oh, and if you're wondering why the green accents — it's the awareness ribbon color for cerebral palsy.

So, whaddya think?

7 comments:

  1. I love it!! Especially the giant picture of your boys - absolutely adorable. Can you redesign my blog? :-)

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  2. Yay! Thank you!
    You should play around with Blogger's template designer (Design -> Template Designer). That's how this happened. I started playing with it and then I realized there was no way to "save" it so I could think about if that's really what I wanted to do with my blog. So I just decided to go for it since I didn't know when I would ever have the chance to do it again! :)

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  3. Shasta,
    I'm so glad i stumbled across you on twitter yesterday! Thanks for popping over to my site, I really enjoy meeting moms of special needs kids since we are our own special sort of "club." Ya know green is my fav color should have guessed it was for cerebral palsy... 19 years on this road and i didn't know... love to have you check out my about me page... and our families story.. look forward to learning yours!
    Hugs,
    Shelley
    PS I love your header! love it!

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  4. Looks great! Gorgeous pic!

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  5. Yes, welcome, Shelley! I'll check out your about me.

    Thanks Tracey!

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  6. Aperture for Macs is what I use. I have never used Adobe, though, as I have been a Mac girl since before I got into photography (I am an amateur at best ;). The program costs under $300 and I love it. A few of my friends who are actual professional photographers use it as well.
    I was sent here by my2lovesmylife.blogspot.com.

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  7. Hello! Thanks for the advice. I'm using Elements (which may be part of the problem) and it's only $99 (Although I'm still on the free trial). The problem I think is that I don't want it so much for photo editing (which several free programs are perfectly fine at) as graphic design. Hmm...

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