Georgia on my Mind

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Possibilities from design to design are unlimited. Take a look at the CSS Zen Garden for example; all of the designs published at the garden use the exact same HTML.

The only difference is the way they are styled. With the advancements of CSS, a designer can do almost whatever they like on the Internet.

Designer Roadblocks

One limiting factor that web designers are plagued with is the variations of web fonts. Sadly, we are limited to a safe list of about nine web ready fonts that are pre-installed on everyone’s computer. Personally whenever I am looking to get a little crazy with my web fonts I go to typesetter where I can compare fonts side-by-side, instead of experimenting with CSS until I get the look that I’m going for.

I have always been a fan of minimalism and with this new ‘08 design I wanted to get back to that type of style. I didn’t want to beat my users over their heads with drop shadows and bevels. I wanted clean, elegant, and timeless. Any veteran designer can look at a range of designs on the web and say, “I remember when that was popular.”

Design Inspiration

For inspiration I turned to many older print publications. I frequently look back at these publications for their graphic design style. So often on the web we have to think about what can and can’t be done. Could that section expand if we had to add 500 words to it? Will that gradient work there or should it be placed slightly differently? These inhibiting factors will keep a web designer from designing the way they really want to and thus ending up with something that looks similar to what’s already been done.

Like any good print designer knows a two fonts max rule usually applies to any job, unless you are an extreme master of typography. I dabbled with two fonts for a while but I wanted this new design to be even cleaner. In the end I settled for one glorious font: Georgia.

What’s New

I have a list of about 30 blogs in my feed reader that I try and read every day and I unconsciously found myself coming back to the ones with more visual appeal. After carefully considering why I returned to certain blogs more frequently, I knew what needed to be done.

Being a designer first and foremost the visual aesthetics is what’s most important to me, with SEO nipping close behind. After writing on this blog for a little over a year I realized that I needed to make things more exciting. It’s amazing how a small image addition can really help to entice your readers.

When you take a step back and look at the project as a whole, keeping it simple can often look more sophisticated if you pay close attention to your important elements. In the end I believe that it turned out quite nice. Using Georgia in multiple variations really gave me the look that I was going for, but what do you think?

** Currently the site does not validate and there are still many bugs we are working out, but if you come across anything that makes you say hmmmm, please let us know in the comments below.

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