You’re getting warmer…

You're getting warmer...

For those of you who visit the site often, you may have noticed some cosmetic changes. I started tweaking a few little things, one thing lead to another, and I ended up enacting more changes than I had expected to. Honestly, this is a path I’ve been wanting to go down for a few months, so this is just the beginning of something bigger. I made it a point to do a few things: Increase font sizes to enhance readability, take out the backgrounds which I’ve come to find distracting, and increase the spacing around objects to give the site more of a flow. I think it’s a good middle point that’s making me a whole lot happier, hopefully you all feel the same.

As for the color of the site, I chose to go with a warm pink-ish color, I prefer to call it light red. The color was really inspired by my living room of all places. Everything in here (I’m currently writing this from my couch) is filled with warm reds and oranges and yellows. With such a warm color palette, it really makes all of the images on the site pop so much more than any other color, which trust me, I tried them all. The other reason I chose light red was, why not? It’s different, it’s daring, and I can’t think of any other big design-centric websites would make the same decision. I also think including the bright red-orange link color helps bring the palette together well.

These changes are only cosmetic, and I can’t wait to implement the other changes I have in mind. These changes will elevate the site into something much better than what it currently, I totally can’t wait. Thanks for sticking along for the ride, I hope you dig what I’m doing.

20 Comments You’re getting warmer…

  1. Leyann Leung January 3, 2012 at 7:45 AM

    Well I’d like to reserve the background and I don’t think it’s distracting at all, anyway, always love your blog!

  2. rek January 3, 2012 at 8:23 AM

    I find the type far too large now. Not everyone has abandoned monitors for iPads.

  3. FC January 3, 2012 at 11:18 AM

    The background color reminds me of the Brand New blog… it’s not a bad thing, just something I thought of after reading your comment about other big design-centric sites.

  4. oppenheim January 3, 2012 at 11:46 AM

    your light red is all blue to me…

  5. Susan Thrane January 3, 2012 at 1:06 PM

    I love the blog but have to agree with Leyann Leung. I already miss the background. To me it wasn’t disturbing in any way. I actually find the new background to steril and also the lovely colorfull posts are less complemented by the new background.
    But thanks for the blog. Keep up the inspiring posts.

  6. Joy January 3, 2012 at 1:34 PM

    love it…always great, I’ve added your feed to PULSE on my phone
    x

  7. Javier Cardiel January 3, 2012 at 3:06 PM

    I gotta say I’ve always enjoyed your blog and have loved most of the changes you’ve made over the years; I was, however, a big fan of the background and am sad to see it go. It was minimalist and not distracting at all. I felt as though it instantly set a creative mood and had a calming effect.

  8. raul January 3, 2012 at 3:46 PM

    i also loved the background

  9. Brian M January 3, 2012 at 6:54 PM

    The images loaded slowly, felt busy and forced a mood. The new changes are beautiful. That red/orange color is actually right on point: it’s a nice light version of Pantone’s color of the year for 2012!

    Stoked for whatever’s to come!

  10. RSB January 3, 2012 at 9:13 PM

    Wow! Definitely a major change. I think it will take some getting used to the warmth, but load time will be great. I’ve used orange links on my site for a while now, and I’m a fan..

  11. ... January 3, 2012 at 10:21 PM

    i will miss the backgrounds as well, but on anther note, the salmon is also nice….

  12. NKA January 3, 2012 at 11:52 PM

    definitely an improvement, like the more minimalistic look – way better.

    You should btw check out Tres Bien Shop’s sale: http://www.tresbienshop.com/ I think we’ve talked about that shop before :)

  13. Alex January 4, 2012 at 12:48 AM

    I like it a lot, it’s really subtle. Plus, the large background images slowed it down quite a bit (for me anyway).

  14. Michael January 4, 2012 at 2:48 AM

    Like it! Clean and fresh! I found the old backgrounds a bit distracting, also had a few slow load times. A step in the right direction!

  15. Hans Peterse January 4, 2012 at 2:52 AM

    Sure I’m diggin’ this background. oh, and salmon is indeed the word for it ;)

  16. the7000club January 4, 2012 at 6:19 AM

    i personally liked the darker backgrounds.

  17. Robmoff January 4, 2012 at 6:46 AM

    Great job. I liked the background images, but they drew a lot of attention to themselves. This new look really puts the focus on all the wonderful content. Keep it up!

  18. Martim January 4, 2012 at 7:13 AM

    Missing the backgrounds..

  19. Bobby SolomonBobby Solomon January 4, 2012 at 11:06 PM

    Thanks everyone for the feedback. For those who miss the backgrounds, I understand. Change can be tough, but it’s eventual. With the other changes I have in mind it won’t look so sparse, I promise. I’m so happy that the content now takes center stage more strongly, and it’ll only be bigger and better in the next month or two.

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