If you’ve been on this site any time over the last couple of days, you might have noticed a small sign at the top saying that mezzoblue was getting a minor structural upgrade, and things would be back to normal today. That was a lie and a half.
In fact the structural upgrade was major, and things won’t be going back to normal. mezzoblue redesign №4, dubbed ‘Proton’ is here to stay.
Some of you will love it, some of you will hate it. Over time those with strong feelings for the old design (known as ‘Radar’ from now on) will come to appreciate the new one for what it is. Thanks to the magic of Cascading Style Sheets, Radar isn’t going anywhere, so feel free to continue using it as your default view of this site.
What’s new in Proton? A ton. The design itself came to be on my metaphorical drawing board in November of 2003. It was meant to launch early in the new year, so take that as indicative of how busy the intervening 5 months were. Of course the scope creep didn’t help either, as I decided to peg more and more of the problems I was aware of on the old site. This involved re-thinking the way my post/comments system works, re-doing the ‘Recommending’ list, re-structuring my heading order (most headers were bumped up two spots, ie. old
<h3>s are now [more appropriately]
<h1>s), and much more.
For now, rest assured that there are all sorts of new bits waiting for you to discover; things like the obvious menu treatment, the not-so-obvious tab treatment, the liquid layout treatment, and plenty more I’ll write up in the coming months.
This is far from the end of the process though. I still have to figure out what to do with those ‘Latest Projects’ links, which have lived long past their prime. I need to do something about the big link list on the home page (and many interior pages). The comment preview pages are still stuck on Radar until I figure out how to get Movable Type’s .cgi-extension files to run PHP. I have a lot more general tinkering to do, but such is the nature of a site like this — it’s never really ‘done’, just ‘good enough for now’.
Proton lives. And with that, I welcome feedback and complaints. How do you like the new look?