Wow. Ouch. So there we go. I’ve redesigned the site and I’m struggling to get it all up and working properly as soon as I possibly can, but there are scratchy bits and clunky bits and I swear to got that I’m getting to those bits in a minute. This redesign has been a long time coming – and like so many of my personal bits of work, was actually accomplished only because I suddenly developed enough momentum on a Sunday afternoon to get it to a nearly thought-through stage before something else got in the way. So it has all of the features of things that come together in that way – I think it’s pretty inspired (for something I’d do), while simultaneously it’s full of rough bits that haven’t been polished out of existence yet.
I’ve been trying to think around my aesthetic and my reasons for going in this direction, but to be honest it’s a whole mix of things coming together at one point in time. There’s a bit of my general frustration with people doing things that seem to me to be working in opposition to the media, there’s a dash of my desire to keep refining an artificial/manufactured aesthetic for plasticbag.org and there’s a large stinking block of trying to strip away all the guff that has accumulated around my site over the last few years.
Weirdly, I think I’m also secretly hoping that by going so stark that people find the site intimidating and unfriendly. I’ve written before about how hard I find it to write when everyone’s watching. That feeling got a little worse than normal after the whole wonderful Bloggies win. Maybe subconsciously this is an attempt to try and keep a very particular crowd around here while alienating everyone else. Maybe it’s not so subconscious. Dunno. I guess we’ll see how people respond to it over the next few days / weeks / years.
Anyway, in the meantime, I’ll endeavour to get as much as possible (if not everything) fixed that appears currently to be broken in the next couple of hours, and maybe tomorrow I’ll try and give you guys a tour through some of my thinking. First redesign in a very very long time… Quite exciting…