As you’ll (hopefully) notice, this blog has had a small design change in the last day. I’ve been very happy to have trialled the new service ThemePivot, from Ned and the guys at Native Digital. I’ll go in to more detail about how I found the service and some ideas I have about it in another post shortly. For now, what are your thoughts on the new site?
I’ve decided to move in this direction for a few reasons.
1) Move towards a more mobile friendly design
I wrote a post a while ago about designing for mobile first. Unfortunately, my own site didn’t live up to this (!) and so I wanted to begin moving in that direction.
Having a block bar at the top of the site with a reduced masthead will help it fit into a mobile brower when the time comes to do a more indepth refresh. I’ve always liked the design that Vimeo has come up with; both on their old web app, new web app and in their mobile site. For context, the mobile site looks like this.
2) Adding a more prominent subscription bar
Derek Winter once asked me, some 4 years ago, why he couldn’t subscribe to my blog via email. The old template I used to have didn’t allow for it and I had botched a few things on the backend. In the latest refresh to the design last year, we rectified a lot of this with adding the ability for people to subscribe to the blog via email. We used Mailchimp for this, which is awesome. However, the design has really hidden a lot of this. Many people have been surprised when I tell them that they can click the red mail icon to subscribe by email.
So, to rectify this, we’ve added an email subscribe bar which is very obvious up the top of the page. The masthead and the subscription bar will also scroll with you as you head down the page. So, for the first time I can now formally encourage you to subscribe if you’d like to receive my posts in your inbox. 🙂
And that’s really it. I’m looking forward to how the new design works out and what comes from it. Let me know what you think! 🙂