Response to the new design here has been mostly positive, but I expected that.
People who don’t like it are probably just not saying anything. One commenter
said, "your old blog was prettier…." Jerry has
told me in person that the design doesn’t match the content. And Mrs. Happy
objects: "It looks all suave and stylish and doesn’t express who you are
thing about Web design is that when you do something that’s technically cool,
non-Web people are unimpressed. At my old site, I had a CSS-only three-column
one table. Not one. That’s amazing, but one has to understand the issues involved
to be impressed; as far as my wife is concerned, three columns are as simple
as two clicks of a button in a Word document.
CSS I am proud to claim. It took me several days—longer than it should have,
figure out how to do it, but I’m astounded at my own innovation. Oh, and do
you see that little line between the sidebar and the main content? That wasn’t
easy either. Sadly, most people don’t know that it’s difficult, assume it’s easy, and focus instead
on the way it looks.
Both Jakob Nielsen and Dean
Peters have said repeatedly that good and usable should
trump technological coolness every time. I thought I had learned
that lesson, but maybe I’m too enamored of my modest technical accomplishments.
I’m certainly not giving up on this current design, but any constructive comments
concerning the usability or look-and-feel are welcome.