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A New Site Design For Autumn


It’s been a couple of years since I built the last theme for this site. I always have great intentions of creating new ones relatively frequently but I have to wait for design inspiration to kick in and that can take quite a while (since I’m not a designer by trade). Anyway, I started playing around in Photoshop, set a cork pinboard style background and began adding random things until it didn’t look terrible (that’s pretty much my design methodology). The result is below with the old design on the left and the new on the right:

New Theme Comparison

Since I’m lazy I used the same theme and layout (I solved all the hard problems about browser compatibility and what not last time around), tweaked some fonts, colours and a few other bits and pieces and changed the graphics in the background. As before I’ve stuck with the idea of incorporating elements related to me and my life into the theme and indeed most of the contents are literally straight out of my wallet (I’m a sentimental old thing). The previous theme was also rather dark so I figured I’d brighten and freshen things up a bit.

Unfortunately while the design may be new it’s the same old tedious content. So apologies in advance. 😉

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Creator of John's Background Switcher. Scotsman, footballer, photographer, dog owner, risk taker, heart breaker, nice guy. Some of those are lies.

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    • Thanks Nir! And you’ll be glad to see I got rid of the blue headers in the sidebar that you didn’t like in the last design! 😀


    • Thanks John! I was wondering what you’d make of it as I know you weren’t a big fan of the previous design (I know you were being polite!). And now that I compare the two I vastly prefer this one – much lighter and airier. Maybe I was listening to too much melancholy music when I did the previous theme!


  1. Great post-it note on the top right, John 🙂

    The last design was good too, but a change is always as good as a holiday!


    • THanks Neil! Yeah, I thought I’d write something meaningful and personal to me and that’s what came out. They pretty much sum up my ethos on life! 🙂


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