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It's not where you take things from - it's where you take them to.


From time to time, things start to bore us. Whether it’s the pair of shoes you fell in love with back then for reasons that appear more or less obscure to you now, or the look of your blog.

I’ve been having a look at traditional blog designs, but many of theses historic layouts did not really fit. Blogging has changed, from micro-blogs to news aggregators there are many disruptive factors that have evolved during the last couple of years. At least judging from my behaviour, much of the must-have features of the common blog do not apply any longer.

That said plus being a big fan of Paul Arden’s books I decided to just steal the design from there. He himself assured me it’s all right to do so.

Remember what Jean-Luc Godard said:

‘It’s not where you take things from — It’s where you take them to.’

I stole this from Jim Jarmusch.

— Paul Arden, ‘Whatever You Think, Think the Opposite.

Coming from print design, I had to enrich it with the minimal viable blog features. Namely a slick layout for the posts,

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framed in an informative navigation area. And a footer explaining the license and linking to one of germanys most important inventions: the juridically prescribed imprint. I also stole an archive layout that lets you have a quick informative peek which of the past articles appear of the most interest to you:

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Both completely stolen from the Arden books mentioned above. For keeping in touch, there’s an Atom feed. For spreading the word, there’s Twitter and Google+ share functionality. And of course the heart of the blog, comments by one of my most beloved services, disqus.

If you are missing some feature, just let me know. This blog is there for your delight.

Or implement them yourself, both the code and the templates are on github.

Redesigning a blog is easy – the next redesign on my agenda is probably a little tougher. It’s about changing what I call the “bread-and-butter”-to-“the-good-stuff”-ratio® using ideas postulated earlier. The articles “Anything You Want.” & “Autonomy, Mastery, Purpose.” are about these ideas. With the new slick layout, I’m confident to at least have the right platform to keep you posted.

Let me know if this is of any interest for you ;–).

Cheers

Sven