Colorblind Thinker

Last night I came up with an idea for a site that I think would be really useful, so yea, I’m on another kick to make a website, and as a result I’m brainstorming on what the design will look like, philosophies, and so on.

My first step is always trying to figure out what colors I want the site to utilize. While perusing an interesting new site I discovered, ColourLovers, I realized that I can’t think in colors. When I try to envision the site using the colors I’m looking at, I can’t do it too well. Which leads me to believe that I’m a colorblind thinker. I think I have to develop a hands-on approach when it comes to finding the colors I want to use. Isn’t that a catchy title though? Colorblind thinker.

Site Updates (Again)

Okay, I lied, I decided to change the layout entirely, although the color scheme and some presentation remains the same. Thus I dub this revision of as 2.5. The major change I made was highlighting what I’m listening to with a larger album cover. Since music is a big part of my life, why not emphasize it in my design?

A couple of changes, as you may have noticed. The sidebar is now on the right, before it was on the left. No particular reason for this, just thought I’d keep you on your toes.

The other change is the addition of the awesome Now Playing section in the sidebar, that shows you what’s playing at the moment on my iPod or iTunes. If it doesn’t change, then I have it on pause. If nothing shows up, then that means either my computer is down or iTunes isn’t running.

This is a neat way for you to see what is currently being piped into my ears the moment you visit the site. Oh, and if you buy the album on Amazon, or the song on iTunes, I get a commission, so that’s a nice bonus. Click the ? link for info on the plugin.

Pitchfork New Design For 2005

It’s disheartening to see a website you’ve grown to love go from good to worst in design (thankfully the content will always be superb.) When they announced the redesign, I was excited. An improved Pitchfork that is easier to use, maybe? My hopes were high, but the unveiled redesign has left me bummed out. The design is even harder to use, it is disjointed, over-usage of pixel fonts, no selection of character encoding, the code is a verifiable nightmare, and the color chosen, while interesting, just doesn’t fit well with the site’s image. Don’t take my word for it though, check it out for yourself.

Designed by Some Odd Pilot their portfolio seem to have sites that look alike in layout principle (see site1 and site2 menu), and there’s no web standards to be seen. Maybe next time Pitchfork Media go with a redesign, they will go with a better web design studio.

Something To Chew On

Here’s something to chew on, regarding web standards, and why web designers worth their salt should learn it, use it, and love it.

Good Blimey is a simple website, it really doesn’t get much traffic at all. On average, around 200 hits a day. Yet it has a Google PageRank of 6 out of 10.

3DGPU is a more complex website, and I coded it in standards compliance with heavy use of CSS. On average, it gets 160,000 hits a day. 3DGPU has a PageRank of 5 out of 10.

NVNews, which is a site similar to 3DGPU, uses the old school method of coding, tables, HTML 4, not very standards compliant. Rudimentary use of CSS. I know they get more traffic than 3DGPU, according to Alexa’s information. Yet they have a PageRank of 4 out of 10.

Consensus? While GB isn’t very popular, Google loves the site more than two more popular sites, because of web standards. Interesting, yes?