11 March 2010

Hey! What's different here?

This is not my new layout, it's a temporary replacement for the field of green that's been irritating me so much. What do you think? Clean? Easy to read? Or is it too boring? Hit me with your best shot, I can handle it.

23 comments:

  1. yawn....somebody wake me! Too subtle for such a colorful and creative space as Kitchen and Residential Design. I do like the austerity of it all and the subtle shading around the boxes - or is that just my old eyes?

    I always called the old layout "Get Offa My Lawn Green".

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  2. So what's missing? I get it that it's simple, but I wanted a clean background. The center column is wider and the font is larger and I think easier to read. I know it needs a goose of some kind. But what kind?

    Oh, and the green had to go. It's time when the sight of your own blog makes you cringe and that's definitely the state I was in.

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  3. Color is missing.
    Design Elements are missing.
    But what do I know.

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  4. what about a marble finish?

    I love the new center column and yes, the text is larger, but the screen is too bright and reminds me of a museum wall, not a printed page, which is unfortunate.

    So maybe a banner...but I am thinking something that actually trails the left side if possible. Not sure what the current capabilities of Blogger really are for redecorating.

    As I am writing this comment, the sides of the site actually are a pale mauve, which is not too bad. If that Flamingo font was near the Mauve Curtains though, I will vomit. Too Florida for me.

    And you know, I just love love love when really creative people offer so much insight.

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  5. In my very humble opinion, Zzzzzzzzzzzz. I do prefer the larger script and like David's suggestion, but how about considering a differnt colour for the background. Upon first glance all I really see is a pale 'GREEN' .... or are you on 'that' bandwagon too. -Brenda-

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  6. Is it really so bad? Remember, it's only temporary. There's a brown-ish patina-d metal I can use. How about some brown and rust colors?

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  7. I'm not love'n it! I'm going to sleep on it and get back to you in the morning.

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  8. Hmmmm. Do you guys like that old layout?

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  9. Um, no. But, I LOVE this background...

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  10. Thank you Susan, it's good to get a vote of confidence from a fellow traveler.

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  11. Honestly, even at my age I feel it is a tad too bland.

    Seriously, it should speak Paul Anater. Creative, talented, innovative, knowledgable, witty, worldly, colorful, a person with impeccable taste, master at what he does etc. You get the idea. I could go on all night, but unfortunately I have to go now.
    -Brenda-

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  12. Wow Brenda, thanks! My later, permanent one will do that. This is just a stop gap measure to keep me plugging away. Wait'll you see my new logo. I love it and it does everything you'd want it to do!

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  13. Meh, it's bland, which is something that you are NOT.

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  14. I'm going to throw a couple of options together and run them in the morning. I respect your opinion too much Nim. This is your fault.

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  15. I usually buck the trend just to be different, but I had the same reaction to the green: Meh. I like that it has a parchment texture, but it reads on my monitor as over-enlarged photo of paper texture, so it's a bit grainy. I would love to see what you mean by the deep brown or coppery color.

    Or how about I make you a fabulous mosaic texture and you capture a section behind your text box? Something muted, but not the average travertine color. Maybe even a spa glass feel? I don't know. I applaud you for opening up the floor and letting the ideas rush over you. It's bound to bring out the best in you and the readers. Onward!

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  16. Julie,

    I just threw together a couple of options and they will post separately int he morning. Thanks for your generous offer of a background. Man, I would love a Julie Richey original for a background. I haven't figured out how to use an original photo with these new templates though. I think I have to hand code it so for now I'm stuck with stock images from Blogger. Again, this is an interim design. Tune in tomorrow morning though.

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  17. lemme know if we can do anything for you! i can email you a few textures if you like...
    send me your logo! inquiring minds...

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  18. Thank you Sara, I appreciate it. Rumor has it that my new logo will be completed tomorrow by the end of the day. I gave the woman who's designing it very basic instructions: I want a sans serif font and it has to include the Golden Ratio however she wants to interpret it. The earlier versions knocked my socks off. The final one's going to blow me away I'm sure.

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  19. Paul, darling....I do not like it so much. I agree with fellow up top of comments...it does not "say" the Paul I know!! But, if only temporary, then it is just FINE! Can't wait to see your new logo...I want one too but am too cheap to get someone to do it for me so keep doing my own:)

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  20. Can't wait to see what your designer comes up with, but I think I've figured out wherein lies the rub -- why in folks' reactions to the current design.

    It's all your fault. You're a walking contradiction.

    You are a man with classical tastes and a contemporary way of communicating. There's a lovely, intelligent "bite" to your commentary that screams EDGE! This parchment stuff, murmurs OOOOMMMMM.

    Like I said, can't wait to see the "new you."

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  21. Cheryl: Thanks, I respect your designerly sensibilities.

    Nancie: Hmmmm. Thanks for the compliments but how to combine high and low, bark and bite, sound and fury? I have six variations showing up here in the morning. Let me know what you think. Thanks!

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  22. Paul, I figured as much that this was a work in progress. I have no doubt that it will be wonderful when completed. Rome was not built in a day, and neither shall the esteemed blog of Mr. Paul Anater.

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  23. And it's already changed significantly since I wrote this post. It's getting there, but by bit and I appreciate the encouraging words Laurie.

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