New Layout for NH

I saw Abdus‘s latest work and was utterly impressed! The next thing I knew, I was holding a pen and a paper.

I’ve been meaning to make my own wordpress theme for a while. I had the grid paper concept with a bit of crumpled edges, my own handwriting and make it personal. But I figured, it wouldn’t be what I had in mind for NH. Plus, paper layout are so 2007. This year, it’s about lighting effects.

The goal of the design, cute but lethal.

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Choosing color is easy, black with a hint of red and silver, my all-time favorite combo. I also need a lighting background. At first I was thinking of a kid sulking at the corner of the room, but that’ll totally throw the idea of ‘lethal’. So I recycled this theme’s background and an image from Threadless.

The layout would be the same. Content first, sidebars later. There won’t be any major difference in typography, except it’s placement. Still unsure the use of Ajax slide show. Yes, it is cool, but it’s not necessary? I’m not showcasing my designs. Slide bars? Hmm.. we’ll figure that out later.

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New features (and experiment):

  • Pull image tag, similar to LinkWithin (PHP)
  • Extract favicon when linking (CSS)
  • Watermarking (CSS)
  • Ajax commenting (PHP)
  • Cascading sidebar (PHP)

Having to write about all those features leaves me itchy. To view the bigger picture, you can click here.

Quick question of usability

  1. Do you click on top commentator (on the right) or you don’t give a damn?
  2. Do you click on “Recently Read” ?
  3. Do you click on “Recommended Readings”?
  4. Do you give a damn about Feedjit?
  5. How about commentators on the right?

ps: I’ve been writing boring stuff lately. Eddie, grab your gun and shoot someone, PLEASE!

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