Chris Spooner

28 May

I always seem to neglect this website, but there’s nothing better than a complete redesign to kick some life back into the old blog. I’ve been busy working behind the scenes and I’m proud to release version 4 of ChrisSpooner.com. Let’s take a look at the finer details of this new design.

What’s great about designing for a personal blog like this is you can simply change its outfit based on your current taste. Last time in August 2010 I went for a “vintage/sophisticated” look with muted browns and elegant typography, but this time I wanted something a little brighter while still tapping into my love of the retro theme. I decided on a blue and creamy-white colour scheme as the base of the retro style, with stars, cursive type and denim textures all being thrown into the mix.

The overall layout of the blog remains pretty much the same. The central logo, nav links and sidebar are all restyled from the previous design, but the large featured post area in the header of the homepage is a new addition. I’ve also cleared out the footer from my previous design, I did like the inclusion of updates from my social profiles, but unfortunately I’m not very active on many sites other than Twitter these days so the content had gone a little stale.

On the sub pages the header slims down to display the main post content with sans-serif headings using Droid Sans, paired with Droid Serif body copy. The cursive font in the script style headings are also powered by Google Web Fonts.

I quickly updated the About page with links to all my sites and profiles I am currently involved with, which now includes my YouTube gaming channel.

I wanted to code as many fancy effects in CSS as I could, which includes the cool circle avatar effect that is easily achieved with border-radius.

You only have to check the Archives to see that I totally neglected this blog throughout 2011, with only a couple of posts being published so far in 2012. Before then I was having fun creating and posting my old vlogs, so my aim is to get back into recording life’s adventures with my new GoPro camera.
My Graphic Design content will stay on Blog.SpoonGraphics; Web Design posts on Line25.com; all my gaming videos are on YouTube; so if you want to stick around for personal life updates hit that subscribe button.

19 Comments

  1. Marian Fusek says:

    Way to go man.

  2. Lyman says:

    I really like what you’ve done. I love the color contrast from the blue down to the white. Well done my man :)

  3. I love this new updated look! Now I wonder when http://blog.spoongraphics.co.uk will be redesigned ;) Keep up the awesome work, Chris!

  4. Nice use of PACIFIC font, love it as well. Not responsive btw?

  5. Umair says:

    New Design FTW!!!! Looks AWESOME!

  6. Sarah Kim says:

    It looks great! I really like the font :)

  7. Francesca says:

    Wow! Love the new design, such a different vibe from your previous look!

  8. Ray Vellest says:

    Hey Chris, congrats! The new design is great, and the header looks awesome! Nice work!

  9. Akkis says:

    This is a wonderful change! I like the white space! It really looks great :)
    Have you ever thought to built it more mobile friendly? Like responsive design or something else?

  10. Alicia says:

    The new redesign looks great! I love the colors, the font, and your entire blog as a whole.

  11. Man you rock! I only want to thank you for the continuous inspiration that you provide me with, keep it coming.

  12. Phil says:

    Love the new design Chris! Keep up the good work. :)

  13. As always a great piece of work and I appreciate the explanations and all the tutorials that go with how you went about creating it.

  14. asian cutie says:

    nice post,keep it up

  15. LongYC says:

    Nice use of border radius on avatar! But it is kinda difficult to see the text boxes when writing comment due to the low contrast. Or is it just my bad eye sight.

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    at this web site is really good.

  17. Please let me know if you’re looking for a author for your site. You have some really good posts and I feel I would be a good asset. If you ever want to take some of the load off, I’d love to write some
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  18. kumar sachin says:

    hey Chris,
    U r just awesome , love your creativity on web.Got a lot to learn from ur tutorial .

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