I was going to write a new article but ended up redesigning the site instead. My aim with the new design has been to:
- Minimise clutter and improve the reader experience.
- Give the site more of an identity.
Here's what it used to look like:
And here's what it looks like now:
I was hoping to leverage existing templates and designs, but after spending a while looking around, I found most of the work to be heavy and visually unappealing. People seem to love their widgets.
The one exception to this was Vincent Driessen's site. I found his minimalist aesthetics very appealing and took several cues from it — including lifting his code block container style. His content is great too, so give him a visit.
And, finally, compare the cluttered footer from before:
With the new layout:
I hope you find the new design an improvement. Do let me know what you think in the comments — thanks!