More Decorating

Thanks everyone for the feedback on my logo and site design.

As you can see, I’ve dicked with the header again, changing the photo to a sand dune in an actual desert and swapping the font of the tagline. I’ve also removed the background photo and replaced it with a plain greenish-grey colour.

Unless enough people tell me this looks absolutely bloody awful and they’ll stop reading I’ll probably stick with this for now, but suggestions and comments are always welcome.

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29 thoughts on “More Decorating

  1. Much nicer.

    I’m going to bitch about the sub title again, though. The font is good, but notice how the spacing between the letters seems…off? That’s called kerning, and it governs how letter pairs should look when they’re next to each other. For instance, say you have a capital A and a capital W right next to each other. In an unkerned font, each letter will not impose on the “block” surrounding the other, and you have an odd looking space between them: A W. In a kerned font, the display will push them closer together so they look more natural to the eye: AW

    Your subtitle font is either unkerned or an actual monospaced font, and it looks odd. Notice how the words “blog” and “Tim” seem stretched out by comparison to “Newman”.

  2. I read your blog because it interesting you could have the same as Tim Worstall and I still would.

  3. This is why professional designers can be expensive. Get a type designer to do the words.

    I realised that! I’m not going to shell out any more for a blog header, though. As Anon said, hopefully it’s the content that draws people here!

  4. The font is good, but notice how the spacing between the letters seems…off? That’s called kerning, and it governs how letter pairs should look when they’re next to each other.

    I learned about kerning here!

    Yeah, it’s not great, but what the hell? It’s good enough for now, I’m done dicking with it (but I’d still consider any recommendations for a different font. It’s a matter of seconds to change it in Photoshop, assuming it’s listed).

  5. Besides looking like a still from a foreign legion movie its fine.

    It’s a desert! Not a trophy desert like Anfield, but a real desert! 😉

  6. Looks good, but I did like the photo you had been using.

    Your css on comment preview is a bit off – the submit button is mostly hidden under the preview speech bubble (Google Chrome). [update] – looks like the positioning on the button is not updated to align with the bottom of the grey box. Can’t tell why (easily) as the script is minified.

  7. The previous pic was attractive as is this one also albeit that it’s rather barren and the white sun has to be understood. I’m more interested in what’s below, though, as others have already said.

    @W of O: you need the present of prier rather than the past historic of prendre.

  8. You’ve missed out the straggling column of Sub-Saharan Africans headed for their rendezvous with a leaking boat to Italy & their dream of getting
    a London council house & weekly bennies.

  9. Looks good, but I did like the photo you had been using.

    Yeah, I did too but people complained the header looked “too busy”, and it didn’t have anything to do with “desert”.

    Your css on comment preview is a bit off – the submit button is mostly hidden under the preview speech bubble (Google Chrome). [update] – looks like the positioning on the button is not updated to align with the bottom of the grey box. Can’t tell why (easily) as the script is minified.

    *My* css? Alas, that’s down the authors of the WordPress plugins. I can manage very basic HTML, but CSS scripts might as well be written in ancient Afrikaans for all I know.

  10. The previous pic was attractive as is this one also albeit that it’s rather barren and the white sun has to be understood.

    Indeed, it’s a specific title. I did have a header for years with an actual white sun of the desert in (taken at the same time as the one above) but it looks like a mess with the writing over the top.

  11. You’ve missed out the straggling column of Sub-Saharan Africans

    It was taken in the UAE, somewhere near Dubai. Say what you like about the Emiratis, they take the issue of immigration seriously.

  12. Better with the new background… I still think the logo needs to be bigger, maybe x 50% or more.

  13. I still think the logo needs to be bigger, maybe x 50% or more.

    Yes, I was thinking that.

  14. I still think the logo needs to be bigger, maybe x 50% or more.

    Done!

    And whaddya know, Photoshop has a kerning and word spacing adjustment feature too!

  15. Franlky, the small version of the logo at the top of the page looks like some yellow fish-like creature trying to catch with its mouth a floating white ball. It definitely looked better in a larger size.

  16. Franlky, the small version of the logo at the top of the page looks like some yellow fish-like creature trying to catch with its mouth a floating white ball. It definitely looked better in a larger size.

    That should come in handy when I open a bait shop!

  17. Wording need to be top left, with proper mix of capitals and lower case. The blog of Tim Newman bit font should be something other than type writer font. Logo is nice though.

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