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January 14, 2005

Design Note

I'm pretty much done fiddling with the design of the Whatever for a while, so I hope you like the new design, which is clearly inspired by the artwork and color palette of Old Man's War. I had liked the previous design quite a bit, but eventually the gray design got to me -- I think it was it being winter and all. The new color scheme is a bit more colorful, although hopefully without being obnoxiously so. However, love it or hate it, you're stuck with it for at least several months, because doing design work is a pain.

Have a great weekend -- I'll see you Monday.

Posted by john at January 14, 2005 08:55 PM

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Kate Nepveu | January 14, 2005 10:03 PM

I actually like it better than the old one, because if I happen to click over with images on, at least I don't get wavy designs behind the text itself, which is a pain to read.

Kate Nepveu | January 14, 2005 10:03 PM

Oh yes--I hope that cat is *thoroughly* vacuumed now.

John Scalzi | January 14, 2005 10:31 PM

All three cats, actually.

Carol | January 14, 2005 11:11 PM

Very nice, John. Then again, I love blue...

Sean | January 15, 2005 12:22 AM

Nice, like the background, smooth look and colorful

Soni | January 15, 2005 01:58 AM

EEEIEIIIIEE!!! My eyes! My eyes!

Actually, I like it. :-) The background just caught me by surprise when it flash-filled the screen, before the overlay filled in and toned it down a bit. Whew. That was not what I was expecting at aaaallll.

Kevin Q | January 15, 2005 08:33 AM

I like it. Of course, now visitors to your site are liable to think you look like a 60 year old man with bushy eyebrows, and that you are narcicistic(sp?) enough to put a painting of yourself on your own website, but that's no problem. It'll be interesting to see what the child-free folk think of "you" with a 6-year-old child. ("Look at that selfish #$#$%%, having a child when he's too old to even pick her up.") Could be fun.

K

Marianne | January 15, 2005 09:36 AM

Soothing and charming, I like it.

John Scalzi | January 15, 2005 10:36 AM

Soni writes:

"That was not what I was expecting at aaaallll."

Heh. Well, the interim background I had up wasn't doing it, and I thought I'd try a checkerboard design, but that ended up looking a bit busy. This background is topographically the same as a checkerboard design, actually, but is a little easier on the eyes. Also, I think, a cooler design.

iJames | January 15, 2005 11:41 AM

The only issue I can see is that random visitors are going to assume the old guy is a picture of you. If you're fine with that, it works. I find the color scheme refreshing.

John Scalzi | January 15, 2005 11:47 AM

I do have a small picture of Old Man's War in the sidebar -- hopefully people will make the association.

If not, there are worse things than being thought to be an older man. After all, given enough time, I will *be* an older man. Indeed, I aspire to it, as the alternative is fairly grim.

Paul | January 15, 2005 02:21 PM

Apparently I need to clear my cache. (stupid AOL)

Mikhail Capone | January 15, 2005 03:30 PM

I think it's a nice and clean design. Kudos.

Harry Connolly | January 15, 2005 05:59 PM

I liked the gray.

John Scalzi | January 15, 2005 06:05 PM

Critic.

Harry Connolly | January 15, 2005 06:13 PM

I can't help it. I was born to stare at the empty half of the glass and imagine how much more sweet tea I could be drinking.

(Imagine there's a paragraph break here--the preview window is telling me I won't get one.)

While I'm being a critic: "The online home of writer John Scalzi. Taunting the Tauntable Since 1998" is difficult to read with the new background colors.

rayyy | January 16, 2005 01:03 AM

The bit at the top is cool. Neat.

The left and right hand patterns, *however*, remind me of a pair of curtains in that awful "geometric 70's" fashion. You know, when everything was brown and orange and p-a-i-n-f-u-l-l-y geometric!

On second thoughts, they look like an army of Rorschach gnomes, with jester-style hats and shoes that curl up at the ends.

Whatever: It's unique!

Bob Sassone | January 16, 2005 02:30 PM

I'm pretty much done fiddling with the design of the Whatever for a while

Yeah, right. That's what I said about my site, about 3,000 designs ago. Heh...

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