Redesign for 2014

Web Design & Development

One of my New Year’s resolutions for 2013 was to redesign my personal website. It didn’t happen. I think most web developers tend to neglect their personal site a bit because they are always working on other projects. At least that seems to be the consensus with my coworkers.

Well, it’s still pretty rough around the edges, but has a new look for 2014!

I had reworked the logo a few months ago, but other than that I  created the new theme in a few hours one evening using snippets of code from a few recent projects. I kept the design very simple, which made it easy to build quickly. Thanks to tools like Grunt, Sass, Autoprefixer, and the Underscores theme, it’s easier than ever to get a decent WordPress theme up and running. Using SVG is much easier these days, so naturally my site logo uses it (with a fallback to a .png image thanks to Modernizr and some code from SVGeezy).

My previous theme, “Glass,” was inspired by the Windows 7 Aero interface, so it’d been around since early 2010 with only a few minor tweaks since then.

Glass Theme Screenshot
Screenshot of the Glass Theme

This was long overdue! I intend to continuously tweak it over the next year when I have time. The Recent Posts and Recent Comments widgets are plugins I wrote myself that need some improvement, and I’d like to explore using icon fonts in more places on the site.