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Welcome! If you’ve been noticing things being a little fishy with the site lately (lack of sidebar, random title text) it’s all for good reason. Static-Romance has been fully re-designed! After six agonizing months of using two pre-made themes, I decided to sit and create a design worth having on the site. If you’re reading from your RSS feed, you might want to head on over and see what’s new! You’ll have to excuse me for the lack of “Web Design Friday”. I got sick this morning and I’ve been struggling to even get this posted. I promised the theme would be live so I must stay true to my promises.
This theme, which I randomly named “Feelings”, has been a work in progress for the past two or three months. I designed it within two days and just let it sit. The original design (which I’m kicking myself for never grabbing a screenshot of it) had a blue background with the same header, using different fonts. It had rounded corners and a large menu. The only image I have of it was a teaser I posted here:
The main color scheme stayed. After a month went by, I decided to make this theme a fall-based theme. The blue background was gorgeous, but I decided against it. I went through four or five different colors before settling on a nice cream color.
I went on the change the fonts, using Paperback Roman 96 for “Static-Romance”. I couldn’t tell for the life of me which font I used for the sub-title. I quickly coded it up, coming up with this draft design and hated it. So I was back to the drawing board.
After, customizing a blank Framework (who knew WordPress had gotten so complicated that you need Frameworks?) I decided to test it live on my site (secretly of course). I came up with this design. I liked it, a lot. However, it just didn’t stick with me. The header font was changed in this version to Archer Medium Pro which I decided to use in my theme using SiFR, flash text image replacement. If you don’t have flash, you most likely won’t see the titles in Archer. However, I didn’t like the way the header clashed with the background.
Finally I decided on a complete version of Feelings! It may not be complete because who knows what I may do to it. However, I’m glad that my blog has become personal again. Helvetica is used for the main body font. I changed my little sidebar picture (temporarily) but I just wanted to show off my Yahoo avatar. There’s been quite a few additions to the sidebar (which is now located to your left): Search function (previously in the header), Recent Comments, Inspirations Blogroll, and Archives!
There’s a brand new favicon, to replace the older one. I don’t know if it’ll stick, but it looks different! (The old favicon is on the left)
Also the comments have been re-designed. I’m not sure about keeping the italic name text, however the background image is a keeper.
This is the beginning of many designs to come. The header represents the new life my fiancé and I are stepping into soon. I believe that’s why I like it so much. It also matches my Twitter background! There’s been a lot of reconstruction done to the “Webmistress” section (which should be re-named. How old am I? 15?) What do you think? Hate it? Love it?