July 4, 2011

I Redesigned This Blawg...

When I first started this blog, less than a year and a half ago, I had about as much web design experience as this chinchilla:

"I made a GeoCities site about UFOs. It was totally rad!"

My original, dark blue design conformed entirely to an existing blogger template. But for some reason, I did not like it. Perhaps it was too dark. Perhaps it was too compartmentalized.

...in any case, it looked like shit.

I soon decided that I would design a more unique and captivating blog. So, with a basic knowledge of HTML and no understanding of CSS, I set out on a journey of discovery that would consume many, many hours of my boring, insane life.

First I made some simple structural adjustments:

Miraculously, even with limited knowledge of code, I managed to keep the blog functionally intact. With this small victory, I charged forth with reckless abandon, making a plethora of changes to the appearance and structure of the blog— most of which were unnecessary.

Over the course of so many edits, I began to screw up the code, and a lot of issues began to arise. I was also becoming increasingly aware of just how shitty the whole thing looked.

It was time for a complete reset.

As luck would have it, I had recently completed a "Principles of Web Design" course at Cal Poly SLO, so I finally had a solid grasp of both the technical and the conceptual aspects of web design.

Armed with knowledge and determination, I went back to the drawing board and created a brand new look for the Bored and Insane blog— it's now cleaner, brighter, and better!