Wednesday, August 1, 2007

May I borrow your eyes, please?

TMH inspired me to pretty up my blog a little. This is what I had time for last night. I want to play around with it some more because I'm not happy with the layout, but that's not necessarily why I'm soliciting opinions. I need the help of those of you who can see color (better than I can).

I like the picture in the header a lot, and I think I did all right in creating a color scheme for that is based on the colors in it, but here's the thing: There are a lot of funky shades of shit I can't see, and I just don't trust my work.

When I was a graphic designer, there were lots of ways I could verify that I had the right color for my artwork, even if I couldn't see it. Sort of like Beethoven writing music he couldn't hear, except that I didn't create masterpieces (well, they might be termed "pieces", but not of the "master" variety). In XML, the tools are different and the conversion between blog colors and the standard for digital work (RGB) is not entirely smooth. I'm curious to know from you, the fullychromatic population, if I managed to come close.

I recognize that, due to differences in monitors, lighting and environment, none of you will see the exact same thing. That's fine. My concern is only that you didn't look at it and go, "Creeping crunchy Christ on a cracker, that is the ugliest color scheme I've ever seen!"

Once I've got the colors down, I can feel comfortable futzing with the content and layout. That may take me the rest of the year, but at least I'll feel like it's possible. Thank you, in advance, for your help!

NOTE: SiSi is FINALLY eating again, and was much perkier today as a result. She's going to care tomorrow, so I'll have a chance to catch up on some email, blog replies and Stage 3 (I have the text written but no pics).


Mrs. Chili said...

The colors are fine - and you're right, the picture is beautiful - but the layout is larger than my browser window set at full size; I have to scroll right to left to read your entries, and I can't see the sidebar on the left when I can see the blog posts to the right.

Wayfarer said...

I think I fixed the layout issue. I didn't change it from last night, when I was futzing around with it. My window fits it all, so I didn't think about it. Thanks!

Suzanne said...

I still love the image. Reminds me a bit of da Vinci's place in the Loire. The colors in the image are fine. I might suggest trying to change the font colors to make them pop a bit (instead of black, perhaps a dark blue or purple?) The black blends a bit too much.

The image chugged a bit as it was loading. Perhaps the size is an issue?

And as I look at the tag line, I think it needs softening up. It sounds a bit stilted.

Kizz said...

I think the photo is great and the colors work well with the colors of the rest of the blog.

I agree with Suzanne about the tone of the tag line, it doesn't feel like you yet.

I don't know if you've dealt with this at all yet but the color of the text for your about blurb in the left hand column could be darker, it looks faded and is somewhat hard to read.

LOVE the photo.

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Wayfarer said...

Thank you for the feedback, everyone!

Still working on the font colors.

Any ideas for the tagline?

Mediocre Housewife said...

I love the new look. It's tranquil. Makes me happy! Great job. :)