Monday, May 15, 2006

Template A-Changing

I've been tinkering with colors and layout, as you may already have noticed. This nifty color-scheme generator enabled and encouraged the amateur designer in me. It's dangerous! Don't click the link!

Also wanted: advice or good resources on fonts. I'll take strong, vituperative opinions on fonts, if that's what on offer.

12 Comments:

Blogger bitchphd:

Backgrounds too dark--needs higher contrast for legibility.

5/15/2006 11:17:00 AM  
Blogger Jackmormon:

It's not soothing on the computer-strained eyes, eh? Okay, I can lighten it. Legibility comes first.

5/15/2006 11:21:00 AM  
Anonymous mcmc:

Have you lightened it? I think its quite readable now, and rather nice, in an antiquey kind of way. As for fonts, do the fonts download when you load the page? I don't think they must, because if they did the blogosphere would be infested with everyone's hideous favorite fonts. So of the universal fonts, Verdana's the nicest san-serif, in my opinion, and works on both mac and pc. What are your serif choices?

5/15/2006 11:58:00 AM  
Blogger bitchphd:

Much better. Kinda boring, though. Needs a picture in the header, or something.

I agree that Verdana is a nice blog font.

5/15/2006 11:58:00 AM  
Blogger Jackmormon:

I did lighten it, significantly. The mainpage font is Georgia sans-serif. I do think fonts download, since I've visited a number of foully fonted sites. I'll check out how Verdana looks.

You're right, B: it is boring. A picture of some sort would be good. However! As of 6am today I was running Blogger Minima: baby steps, baby steps...

5/15/2006 12:03:00 PM  
Blogger The Modesto Kid:

Haettenschweiler! Funnest of font names. And I like the font John & Belle's blog uses a lot but have forgotten its name. (Goes to check...) Ah: I think it is called Trebuchet MS. My favorite font for rendering of all-caps comments. Or there's always Comic Sans.

5/15/2006 12:21:00 PM  
Blogger The Modesto Kid:

And as for a picture, why not that excellent one of you at the computer, with the bright light shining on your desk? I mean this one. A-and, as long as wishes are being horses, how about a cookie so I don't have to prove I'm human every single time?

5/15/2006 12:23:00 PM  
Blogger The Modesto Kid:

(Matter of fact, cookies in general would do a lot to improve my blogging experience. Maybe some Pepperidge Farms.)

5/15/2006 12:28:00 PM  
Blogger Jackmormon:

Hmm, I wish I knew how to give you a Tried-and-True-Human cookie. Maybe Blogger will have some advice, though I doubt it.

I was thinking about using the photo you mentioned. It'll take some cropping and formatting, and I can figure out how to do that. (Trial and error, here I come!) I might also need to tweak the background color a bit too; the dominant color in the photo doesn't look so great with what the background as is. I'd like to wait until the original post with the picture slips off the mainpage, so it might be a little while.

What is that you're saying? I need to write more? Shush!

5/15/2006 12:44:00 PM  
Blogger Big Ben:

If you want to get rid of the blogger navbar, insert this into your template somewhere.
<style type="text/css">
#b-navbar {
height:0px;
visibility:hidden;
display:none
}
</style>
There's some dispute about whether this violates the spirit of the blogspot TOS, but it isn't explicitly forbidden.

5/16/2006 01:26:00 AM  
Blogger Jackmormon:

Thanks! I agree that eliminating the Blogger bar is a little like biting the hand that feeds me, but it's so ugly...

5/16/2006 09:57:00 AM  
Blogger Jackmormon:

Hey, it worked!

5/16/2006 11:15:00 AM  

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