If you read this blog using a feed reader or facebook, this will not affect you. If, however, you prefer the old-fashioned method of reading (really, how old-fashioned can it get? We're talking about blogging, which is barely a decade old...) and you come to the site directly, you'll likely notice a change atop the screen. What once was plain and simple is now chic and sleek, thanks to an old pal from high school.
Kenneth, as he was known back in the day, always had great talent as an artist, and there was little doubt in my mind that he would continue down this path for his career. Too much talent for anything else. Anyway, a few days ago he had a post up on facebook asking if anyone needed any free graphic design work, looking for a few places to put his name out there. My mind thought of this meager blog and thought that it could use some light sprucing up, so I sent him a message and we fell into discussion.
Me being completely ignorant of how this stuff works, I was probably difficult to work with. I knew I wanted something sleek, with subtle lights and a background that was congruous with the current body background. I picked out a few fonts and gave some color ideas and that was about it. Shortly, Kenneth (a la designaftermath.com) had me a few samples to peruse. I liked what I saw and took to putting one up here.
But O Blogger, if it were only as simple as that. I had to go into the HTML of the template and play around, spending a good two or three hours learning the few things I needed to know in order to get the image atop, centered, and positioned correctly. I wanted to create a dynamic affect that would change up the header upon each page refresh, but I couldn't figure it out. I also couldn't figure out how to get the old header (which was simply text) set to transparent on Internet Explorer* (and possibly other browsers besides Firefox), so I opted to clear it all out and replace it with an ominous "." for now. Perhaps I'll figure out this stuff at some point, and if I do, it'll be known.
In short, I am Jack's simple son when it comes to computer code beyond very basic HTML or VBA syntax. Java might as well be French. Heck, HTML might as well be Spanish. I can recognize several words and understand simple structures, but anything beyond Spanish II and I get confused.
In long, and most importantly, I am very pleased with the new header for Rememorandom. I think it looks excellent, and I think Kenneth did a fantastic job on the little he had to go on. He was patient and understanding and prompt and professional. If any of you are in need of any design work, you can check out Kenneth's site at designaftermath.com.
Thanks Kenneth! Best of luck.
*Relatedly, I've recently switched over to IE at work. I'm loth to do so, but Firefox and a 15 year old computer don't jive well for some reason. IE is somewhat more... responsive.