Rex Sorgatz on the design of Mediaite, Dan Abrams’s new media website:
…‘horizontal sites’ build a new kind of importance hierarchy. Designers don’t realize it, but unaligned vertical stacks are a remnant of the way that newspapers were designed—in columns, up and down. These new layouts are more like movie screens and wide monitors, with action moving left and right.
A very simple, but potentially evolutionary step in our understanding of how readers can best scan and make sense of content.
Wp-Hyphenate is a very promising plugin for WordPress, because it enables some typographical control not previously available for the web:
With it your left aligned text will be less ragged, and your justified text will avoid the ghastly word spacing that has prevented serious web designers from using it.
It’s still in its early stages, but I’m experimenting with it here – using justified paragraphs and blockquotes. Let me know what you think.
Out of the box, the plugin broke my linked flickr image codes, so I had to put
<a> tags on the whitelist, so the plugin ignores any linked text. Hopefully that issue will be addressed in the future.
UPDATE: Nov 16, 2008 – Jeff King has updated his plugin to address the issue described above.
I’m a big fan of the new WordPress admin interface, especially the new media buttons that lets you quickly add photos, videos, and audio to your posts.
But what if you use Flickr for your photos? Well, there is a great plugin called WordPress Media Flickr, written by yu-ji. It adds a little Flickr media button, and makes adding a photo from your Flickr photostream a piece of cake.
His site is in Japanese, but he has a great screencast showing the plugin at work.
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A bit of administrivia to pass along…
I spent some time this weekend updating this weblog to WordPress 2.5 RC1.1. The 2.5 public release should be available soon, but you can grab nightlies that are pretty solid.
There are many new features, but the one I was most looking forward to was the redesign of the admin screens, by Jeffrey Zeldman, Jason Santa Maria, and Liz Danzico of Happy Cog. The design is simpler and fresh, and I like how they separated the pure administrative options from those that deal with posting and managing content. Also, the posting screen is greatly simplified and elegant.
Of course, in order to upgrade WP, I had to first upgrade the k2 theme, which my design is built upon. This involves reconciling my old CSS with any changes made since to K2, lest I break my site. After a few hours of work, everything was in order and I’m happy to report that the RC5 nightlies of K2 worked perfectly for me in WordPress 2.5.
If you’re curious about WP 2.5, but not ready to upgrade – Chris Johnston has put up a public demo of 2.5, (login with admin/demo).
And if you’re considering taking the plunge, I recommend first making a backup and verifying that your theme is compatible.
timothytipton.com is using a slightly modified version of my K2 stylesheet, without atttribution.
The post layout is the same, and he’s using the same exact sidebar modules, in exactly the same arrangement. His CSS is full of my custom selectors/classes, and is still hot linking to images on my domain.
It’s one thing to take someone else’s work, pick it apart, and learn from it. It’s quite another to just take someone’s work, remove attribution, and tweak it just enough so that it has your name on it.
My site is built-off of the K2 framework, which is the work of a lot of excellent designers and developers. The difference is that I’m upfront about attribution, AND, I’ve taken the time and care to fashion something new.
So, Timothy, might I suggest reading Greg Story’s post on How to properly steal the design of a website?
I ran a diff on the two stylesheets, and took some screenshots:
Today, I’m launching version 6 of nedward.org, a typographical grid-based layout, with heavy use of Helvetica Neue. This site has always used a similar shade of green, so I wanted to maintain that bit of consistency with the past, while introducing something very different. I also wanted to bring together my content from twitter, flickr, del.icio.us, and last.fm, while keeping it distinct from the weblog content – yea, I’ve gone back on my post is a post comments.
The last major revision of this site was launched on May 1 2005, but even that was somewhat of a realignment of the previous design, which dated back to 2001. I’m a big proponent of Cameron Moll’s realign not redesign rule – so I spent the past few years tinkering away, refining the same basic layout.
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