Posts Tagged “design”

    Web designing

    Thursday, September 11th, 2008

    I’ve had quite a bit going on recently.  Work has been very busy – my main project is a redesign of the intranet based knowledge base for the help desk.  After a year’s work the front page is finally online, it is a big relief and probably the biggest project I’ve ever worked on.   Now comes the gradual conversion of the remaining 12,000 pages on the site.

    I’ve been learning a lot more about web design, and more importantly to me, the design aspect of it.  In Stream I built the technical side of the sites, while Paul did the graphical design side and I’ve never been confident, or had any idea how to go about, putting together a design.  I’ve been picking up a lot lately and I’ve come a long way, there still a huge amount to learn but I’m a lot happier with my design skills now.  I found laying stuff out on grids is very helpful.

    I’m considering moving this blog again, I don’t want to keep shuffling around and messing up everyone’s bookmarks but this time I’m looking at keeping WordPress but hosting it myself on my own domain.  This would mean I could design my own site rather than use this template.  There’s no address yet but it’s something I’m working towards.

    Oh, and I’ll be back in England again at the start of January.

    New design

    Sunday, April 20th, 2008

    I’ve put this together with a few bits and pieces in the sidebar. There’s not quite as much functionality there as the jaiku badge won’t work, I suppose it won’t allow flash content on this free version of WordPress. But it looks like you can do a lot more with it otherwise, I should be able to see if there is anyone visiting and reading the site or if I’m just talking to myself ;)

    I’ll see how it goes and then think about moving across from Blogger.


    Thursday, April 3rd, 2008

    I’ve been working on my web design skills a lot in the last month and have been learning all about CSS. Quite possibly a dull subject to those of you without any interest in web design but its a very powerful tool.

    Check out CSS Zen Garden

    Click the designs on the right and it will display exactly the same page using a different CSS style sheet so the look changes completely. Its what all the social networking sites use for skinning so I should really have a go and re-doing my myspace page and this blog. Almost done with the other site I mentioned before, still waiting on some content there and then I’ll see what I can do here.

    Though don’t be surprised if I still have the same template in six months :)

    Edit: I went in and made a quick update – I’ve always thought the page is rather narrow so I widened it a bit. It’s a start…

    Blogging about blogging

    Wednesday, February 27th, 2008

    I have a new website project going on at the moment, a friend of mine is setting up a web presence and I’m part of a team putting together the site. At the moment I’m installing WordPress on there which is a blogging tool, kind of like this one. I saw it on Paul’s site Oz Adventures and I’ve heard quite a bit about it before so I thought I’d give it a go. Looks like rather than just blogging like this you can make it seamlessly into part of your site, as I think Paul also did on Utterly Recipes. The blog there seems to have gone but it’s had a bit of a face lift and is looking nice.

    Anyway I’m learning lots of new stuff about blogs and am looking in to learning flash too to make my sites a bit more useful. I won’t post the new site yet as its all still under development but will post a link once complete, which will hopefully not be too much longer.

    I haven’t had a post this nerdy for a while. I’ll have to come up with some less tech stuff next time.