An Overwhelming Response
I cannot believe the reaction the redesign has received. Do this many people even use the internet during the summer months? There are some questions to answer, some niggles to address and some facts to get straight (pun intended). Since the previous post already has 82 comments it’s probably a good idea to start fresh here:
Shaun just called me from a gay bar to give me his ftp info so that I could launch his site.
Nice one Stan, except it was a gay cafe. Gahd! I’m in San Francisco on business and you know what they say, “When in Rome.”
Might just be me, but all of the italic text is giving me a headache
A number of people have commented or emailed about the italics (sorry Joshua et al). Unfortunately I can’t seem to find any browser combination on any platform that renders the site in italics. Can I trouble someone who is experiencing the issue to post a screenshot to their server and link it up here (or just email me a link and browser/platform info) so I can try to diagnose the problem?
it might look too big on one of my 1024x768 computer
Someone else made a similar comment. What browser and OS? Are there horizontal scrollbars or is it simply that my logo is being cropped? If that’s it, then is it really “too big” for 1024x768?
Don’t you people get it? The small type is an implicit mechanism to filter out all non-designers from reading the site.
Ah, Mike. Always the Outspoken Advocate. He’s partly right.
For me, relationships and relative proportions are everything in a design. It’s very hard to control those relationships on the web (I still struggle with it—obviously). I haven’t been able to create my button treatments on the same scale as larger type without them looking horsey and awkward or rising in the hierarchy. I’m not entirely satisfied either but you need to move on at some point. As some of you who have been poking around in my source noticed I have a feature planned to improve readability by increasing contrast and type size and storing that preference in a cookie. Wait for it.
Shaun, I believe it’s “Goodlett” with two t’s.
Ouch, and I’m always the one complaining about those people who link me as “Sean Inman” but spell the domain correctly. Thanks Hans.
Finally I’m going to quote myself here:
Please report site errors though my contact form.
And now onto the emails. A handful of people have reported issues with Movable Type dropping the ball on the feed and search pages. I’ve even experienced the issue. While I do appreciate the effort, I don’t need anymore emails or comments (see above) about this particular issue. I hope to have it resolved shortly, thanks for your patience.
A number of people have been asking me to help them with ShortStat. I’ve written an appropriately short answer to this popular question and even gone so far as to link it from the contact page. Please read it. It’s generally a good idea to read FAQs and any text that appears above a form. Save a little face (and both our time).
All that said, I really excited about, pleased by, and grateful for all the kind words and helpful criticism everyone has shared. I plan on adding more info to the about page (mostly colophon info) and documenting some of the more interesting things I’ve done with Movable Type in the near future.