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Blog Changes: New Design and Layout

I’ve been changing things around Linden’s Pensieve a little bit lately. The most noticeable change is the design. Following a step-by-step color scheme selection guide I found at Blogger’s Guide, I chose two colors and built the new design off of those colors. (Spiral and Disk, if you’re curious.) Next, I went to BgPatterns (thanks to typografika‘s linking to it in Diigo), got some inspiration (click on “Recently Created Pattens” in the bottom half), then created some patterns I liked and applied them to my site. I actually had so much fun creating background patterns that I’ll be changing the pattern whenever I feel like it, although the color scheme will remain the same (for a while, anyway).

The second change was to get rid of some of the clutter in the left-hand column. To do that, I created a navigation bar (look up above the post) and put all the links and information I used to have in that left column available in that menu (I added some stuff I wanted to put on my blog but couldn’t figure out how to include gracefully). Now you can jump straight back to the blog home page, learn about me and some of my Faves, see my races and best times, read some of my most popular posts, and find out how to contact me all by simply clinking a link at the top of every page.

If you’re reading this in a feed reader, hop on over to the site and check it out. Let me know what you think in the comments!

7 thoughts on “Blog Changes: New Design and Layout

  1. Linden

    01 Sep on 2008 at 10:57

    @james: Glad to hear it!

    @lorraine: Maybe you do… I’ll email you with his name and maybe a picture if I can dig one up. If Sarah doesn’t mind! :)

  2. Lorraine

    30 Aug on 2008 at 2:03

    Wait! Maybe I do know him…do I know him?

  3. James

    29 Aug on 2008 at 18:03

    Looks awesome, Linden! I love the color choices and I’m glad you’ll be keeping them for awhile :)

  4. Linden

    28 Aug on 2008 at 15:17

    Thanks you guys!

    @sarah jo: Yes we have. You and Chris as always inspirational!

    @lorraine: Typografika is a designer (in fact, he’s the Chris Sarah referred to above). He went to SMS/MSU, maybe you know him!

    @jill: CAN’T WAIT!!!

  5. Jill

    28 Aug on 2008 at 12:58

    Oooooh preeeetty. Only two more weeks!!

  6. Lorraine

    28 Aug on 2008 at 10:12

    Sweet! I love it: and thanks for the link to typografika’s diigo page, I’m saving that for a lunch-time perusal since there look like so many great design-links.

  7. Sarah Jo

    28 Aug on 2008 at 10:10

    We’ve come a long way from our ‘clown pants’ sites in Stowe’s class! Glad Chris and I could inspire you a bit!