derek's redesign
March 29, 2000 8:42 AM   Subscribe

derek's redesign is up. comments? [i think it looks lovely]
posted by palegirl (28 comments total)
I don't know why I didn't post this here. I like it, it's airy and loosey goosey, the old one was a bit too tight.
posted by mathowie at 8:57 AM on March 29, 2000

I like not having to scroll as much. Good Derek!
posted by Succa at 9:07 AM on March 29, 2000

I haven't seen the old version before, but I like this new one. It's clean and like Matt said "airy;" nice and open.
posted by hobbes at 9:25 AM on March 29, 2000

"More room for text. More room for photos." That pretty much kills any objections I might have had to the previous. That, and I'm too lazy to scroll....
posted by mrmorgan at 9:28 AM on March 29, 2000

Very nice! The resolution on his images are great. I wonder what type of camera he uses.
posted by Cavatica at 9:55 AM on March 29, 2000

Hey all! Thanks for the nice comments.

Cavatica - Since you asked, those two photos were taken almost a year ago with my old olympus d-600l. The top one is my old office in Amsterdam, the bottom the plane ride there. Travel has been on my mind lately. ;-)
posted by fraying at 10:34 AM on March 29, 2000

Orange, Orange, Orange, and now Orange
posted by dangerman at 10:44 AM on March 29, 2000

You're right... think I should be using #FF9900 more often now.
posted by hobbes at 11:09 AM on March 29, 2000

I think the layout is good... I like the sidebar to the left
posted by stopgap at 11:28 AM on March 29, 2000

hey, ain't nothing wrong with orange... : )
posted by bluishorange at 11:44 AM on March 29, 2000

i love the new design. i remember asking you, derek, about the orange trend at sxsw... you said "what orange trend?" :)
posted by brig at 11:44 AM on March 29, 2000

What orange? (my latest - and almost last - work for my soon to be ex-employer, uploaded today in my absence)
posted by prolific at 12:03 PM on March 29, 2000

i like the structure (it's pretty traditional web, though), but i'm going to say it: i think it's kinda ugly. but that's just one geek's opinion, and as long as derek loves it, that's all that matters. it's his personal site, so he can do whateverthehellhewantstowithit,thankyouverymuch.
posted by mmanning at 1:51 PM on March 29, 2000

I wonder what Dave Winder thinks of it? ;-)

Looks good Derek.
Though I have to say, it looks a little empty without your mug shot :-)
posted by tomcosgrave at 3:12 PM on March 29, 2000

I actually like the removal of the mug shot. I always feel very uncomfortable when people have a big picture of their face on their site. This new design is grrrrreat!
posted by andy at 5:02 PM on March 29, 2000

yeah, I think it's nice too, another simple yet elegant layout is at
posted by jzweig at 6:49 PM on March 29, 2000

sorry, that's, not
posted by jzweig at 7:11 PM on March 29, 2000

The new design is fine, although certainly uninspiring.... unlike kottke which I think is quite interesting.
posted by tranquileye at 8:52 PM on March 29, 2000

you know you're a hot shit designer when your re-design engenders 19 comments (so far) nice work! Nothing groundbreaking but I think that's the point with this one, no?
posted by chaz at 11:13 PM on March 29, 2000

Simplicity rules. I just wish it wouldn’t take so darn long to load on my lame computer . . . just like some other dude’s site.
MetaFilter has a great design . . . customization makes it surprisingly versatile + flexible.
posted by gleemax at 1:26 AM on March 30, 2000

too bad he makes the same mistake as many other sites do, designing for a certain size screen resolution. so sad people can't get that simple design rule -- design for all screen resolutions! why is that so difficult?
posted by yarf at 11:46 AM on March 30, 2000

Hey yarf -- c

Cool! Your first post! Welcome! :-)

Anyway, as far as I know, works for all resolutions / browsers / platforms / belief systems just fine. Is something breaking for you? Please lemme know. Thanks!

-- Derek
posted by fraying at 2:39 PM on March 30, 2000

i think it's great and very inspiring, if only to inspire creativity. change is always good. i love the openness, it feels lofty and breezy.

posted by phooey at 9:03 PM on March 30, 2000

I dunno, I like the new design, but I kinda miss derek's mug watching over the text.
posted by CrazyUncleJoe at 10:45 PM on March 30, 2000

like the use of white space

posted by macewan at 1:16 AM on March 31, 2000

I thought I sent an email note to derek directly complimenting him on the site redesign, but I can't seem to find where I put it. It's a refreshing change and I can understand the difficulty in radically changing approaches, such as the elimination of frames and whatnot. He remains consistent with the pure text as navigation concept, and it works for him.

One thing I'd question, though, is the comment of 'finding the idea of critiquing the design of personal sites rather distasteful' meanwhile, with his introduction of the new design, those comments were expressly solicited.

Hey, not all comments are going to be positive.
posted by rich at 12:56 PM on March 31, 2000

I have to agree with Uncle Joe. I mean, I don't have to agree with him...but I agree anyway. I really do love the design, but that is one handsome face I'll be missing.
posted by Melanie at 10:15 PM on March 31, 2000

I like the new design. It makes me want to go for a walk in Boston. By the way, Derek, since I know your feelings toward Palatino, what's your favorite Sans Serif font? Come back to Austin any time.
posted by Julia2100 at 10:25 AM on April 5, 2000

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