BlissfullyAware: A Website by Joshua Lane


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Hello New Site Design

Joshua Lane / / 11 Comments

The last time I updated this site’s design was 3 years ago. And the last time I wrote a blog post was July of 2009. Of course, that entry wasn’t even a post, it was a link and a screenshot. The post before that I didn’t even write! But that’s kind of the point. I had a blog that I didn’t actually “blog” on. Sure I was displaying flickr photos and delicious links, but that doesn’t really compensate when your site is focused primarily around really old blog posts.

What’s Changed?

There is a much smaller focus on blog posts (since I don’t write often), and a much larger focus on the things I do elsewhere (Twitter, Flickr, etc). Individually, I don’t contribute a great deal to each of those services. But collectively, I feel like it’s a good amount of content to showcase (as seen on the home page). And something that feels like a really good representation of “me”.

What About the Design and How the Site Works?

I have to say, I’m incredibly proud of the design you see here. I don’t think it’s perfect by any means, but I do think it’s some of my finest work to date …and a very good indication of my design style and talent.

Code wise there are some cool css and html 5 things going on underneath. For example, the entire color scheme can be changed by replacing a single background color thanks to transparent pngs and rgba text and borders. The typeface I’m using for headings is Goudy Bookletter 1911 from the League of Movable Type. Sadly, not everyone will see these enhancements, but since this is a personal site, I’m not too worried about that.

And that’s it. I hope you enjoy your stay at my little internet home.

Comments Abound

Delightful thoughts & feedback about this article

Dave McNally /

Congrats on finishing the new design, I was following the shots on Dribbble. It’s nice to see it all come together – Nice job!

Luke Dorny /

This is beautiful stuff, sir. Aboslutely beautiful.
Nice work!

Jared Christensen /

Very nice work, sir. I especially like the randomized copyright notices. It’s the little things.

Lachlan Hardy /

This is glorious. I’m insanely jealous of your talent. Bravo!

Joshua Lane /

Thanks for the kind words everyone!!

Simmy /

I love it, Josh. Great work. You know I’m a sucker for big and chunky. Wait.

Tom Hughes /

You should be really proud – an amazing design, impeccably executed! Kudos!

Rob Goodlatte /

Fantastic work. Really digging the background texture.

Brad Colbow /

Absolutely gorgeous. Congrats on getting it up.

Char /

One word – GORGEOUS!! Well done and so glad you finally were able to share it with us.

Trent Walton /

I’ve never been able to wrestle up the gumption to design a site with a dark color palette like this. You’ve balanced out everything so nicely. Great work.

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