Attempting a slightly refined blog design

After years of my totally boring blog design, I’ve finally decided to start tweaking it. I’ve been a big fan of Liquid Layouts and still am, but so many web designers stick with Center Stage that I decided to try it on for a while. I’ve chosen to do a 960px wide layout, with a 600px wide content area.

If you read my blog in a feed reader, none of this really matters to you, but if you click through to leave a comment or read it directly in your browser, hopefully the slight adjustment to the design is an improvement.  For comparison, here’s a screenshot of the previous design: blog design before June 2007

I stuck with the greyscale color palette–because, I’m strange like that. And yes, the ads are still there. But, other than changes to those two aspects, I’d love any constructive criticism or suggestions on what else I might want to change to make the design more effective. Share your thoughts with me in the comments below.

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  1. Its the content Dossy including the banal. That is why I come back to your site over and over again. Anyway, the site redesign does nothing for me pro or con. In fact, if you hadn’t mentioned it , I probably wouldn’t have noticed the difference. How about some Flash! Take a cue from some of our great design at you know where.

  2. Flash is good for utility widgets, bad for presentation of actual content.

    Even “you know where” has removed all SWF’s for content off their home page.

  3. I like it, Dossy. Very subdued and understated, allowing your reader to focus on the content – which is, after all, why we come here. :)

  4. Thanks, Bill. I’m trying to decide whether I want to add more color to the blog, or not.

    If you could change one thing (except, as I said, the ads or adding more color), what would you change? I just can’t decide, myself.

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