New Site Design!

I’m really proud to announce this new site design. It’s pretty huge. To me, anyway. This is the first one I’ve done completely from the ground up, not mashing together other themes or designs. That means that it’s pretty simple, but that’s okay. My main goal was simplicity and cleanness, with a header I can easily swap out as the whim strikes.

The most major thing is that the blog is now part of a larger site, instead of the blog BEING the site. So the blog is still at www.the-frame.com/blog, and you won’t have to update your links or RSS subscriptions or anything, but now if you go to www.the-frame.com you actually get a working site that matches the blog instead of a parked URL, which is basically what it was before. (Someday I may actually change the URL to jandysmeanderings or something, but I don’t feel like messing with domain names and everything right now.)

So, a tour.

  • The home page has an excerpt from the blog, an excerpt from my tumblr (more on that in a sec), the featured video, a quote which I expect to change every now and again, my last few flickr photos, my Friendfeed feed, a music player with some current favorite songs, and my current reads/watches/games. It basically does what my old sidebar did, but less…vertically spread out.
  • The blog is what it always has been, just with less gunk in the sidebar, because that gunk is on the front page. :)
  • Tumblr is a great media-blogging/sharing platform that I’ve used sporadically for quite a while. I’ve always wanted to use it more because its media integration is great, and it’s perfect for sharing those little random things I’m always finding on the internet but don’t want to write a bunch about. But after various unsatisfying attempts at integrating it into blog sidebars, etc, I decided to just put it on my site – separate from my blog, but still integrated with the larger site. Generally, I’ll post stuff on Tumblr that I want to mention briefly or share but don’t want to write a whole blog post about.
  • To subscribe to the blog, click here. To subscribe to the tumblr, click here. To subscribe to a combined feed of both, click here.
  • The portfolio page will list the work I’ve done. So far it’s just a couple of personal blog designs and basic coding projects I did recently at work, but hopefully that will increase as time goes on.
  • The about page talks about me. Me me me! Seriously, it’s pretty boring, but I hear people like sites with human beings behind them, so that’s my “I’m a human being” page.
  • The contact page has a few ways to contact me through social networking sites, as well as a super-shiny ajax contact form! I’m so excited I got an ajax contact form to work that everyone should go contact me through it right now. I’m kidding. Don’t everybody do that. I mean, if you want to. But yeah, I didn’t write it because I don’t even know javascript, much less ajax, but I did style it some and GOT IT TO WORK. I felt accomplished, anyway.
  • The Reviews & Articles and Wiki links lead to two of my other sites, one where I keep the academic articles I’ve written as well as archive the reviews I’ve written, the other a wiki I dabble with focused on (what else?) movies and books.
  • The first banner for the site is, of course, the lovely Anna Karina – actress, muse, and some-time wife of Jean-Luc Godard. As my friend put it when she saw who I’d picked for the banner, “duh, you even name your gaming avatars after her.” And she’s not making that up.

So for anyone who might have noticed the sporadic questions on FriendFeed or other forums wondering how to do programming things or complaining about CSS not behaving right, this is what it was for, and I got almost everything to do what I wanted, aside from having to use a widget for the Tumblr excerpt on the front page because I’m not smart enough to tap into their API. Yet. :)

And if you notice something not working or behaving funky, please let me know. I did code this from ground up and I’m sure I did some stupid things, since I haven’t done that before. I did notice that the front page crashes Opera (the other pages seem to work), so if anyone has any idea why that is, please tell me! I don’t get much Opera traffic, but it’d be nice if it worked.

  • http://www.dcfemella.com/blog dcfemella

    I love it! Very slick and clean cut.

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  • helygen

    Ooooh I really like it :)

    I particularly like the home page. Nice work,hun :)

  • http://moviemoxie.blogspot.com/ Shannon the Movie Moxie

    Congratulations on the new design! Overhauling can be so much work and it looks absolutely beautiful.

  • http://www.the-frame.com/blog Jandy

    Thanks! That's what I was going for. Clean and simple.

  • http://www.the-frame.com/blog Jandy

    Thank you! I was hoping the home page wouldn't come across as too busy. Glad you like it.

  • http://www.the-frame.com/blog Jandy

    Thanks! Yeah, I've been working on it on and off for a couple of months now. And it's always amazing how many little things there are to tweak even after the major things are done.

  • http://sheenonline.biz Rahsheen

    I really like your home page. It's different than most I see. More social. I think I need to step my game up :)

  • http://www.the-frame.com/blog Jandy

    Thanks, Rah! I don't know how social it is…it's pretty ego-centric, actually. But it does pull a lot of media stuff that interests me together in one place, so there's that. I wish I'd found a way to integrate Twitter as nicely as your blog does – I tried something similar on my last design, but it never quite satisfied me. This time I around I eschewed a Twitter display, since it's included in the FriendFeed section anyway.

  • markhorne

    I know what you mean about Twitter and Friendfeed, but I like to make status stand out from the rest.

    I'm blown away by your accomplishment. I'm also really curious about the girl in the present banner. (And, btw, when the whim strikes you to change, make sure you make an archive of the old banners).

  • http://www.the-frame.com/blog Jandy

    Ha, I didn't notice the dot. Until you mentioned it, of course. There are so many little things. I don't even want to know how many times I uploaded the stylesheet for this to change one thing before noticing that there was something that needed changing. I'm sure I've still missed stuff.

  • http://www.the-frame.com/blog Jandy

    Yeah, that's why I had Twitter separated in the previous design, and I'd probably still find a way to do it if I updated it with any regularity or predictability. (Like, if I actually used it as a status.) I find myself posting directly on FriendFeed much more, though, and while I could use a version of the FriendFeed widget to post just my latest FriendFeed post…I dunno, it just didn't seem like something I wanted right now. We'll see.

    And thanks! I accomplished most of my goals, so I'm pretty pleased. Re: The girl in the banner – Anna Karina was in most of director Jean-Luc Godard's films from 1961 through 1965 (and that's like seven films), and other stuff since then that I haven't seen. This still is from Band of Outsiders (1964), probably my current favorite film (it's in a dead heat with “Rear Window”). Don't worry, I'll be sure to archive the old banners. :)

  • http://moviemoxie.blogspot.com/ Shannon the Movie Moxie

    Congratulations on the new design! Overhauling can be so much work and it looks absolutely beautiful.

  • http://sheenonline.biz Rahsheen

    Ah, my Twitter update is pretty simple. The Wicketpixie theme provided the
    basic bubble container (I think it's actually 2 DIV's) and I just used the
    standard Twitter badge with some extensive CSS hackery to kill the
    formatting. If you look close, you still see dot before the update because I
    have yet to set the list-style-type to none. Maybe I do that now :)

  • http://www.the-frame.com/blog Jandy

    Thanks! That's what I was going for. Clean and simple.

  • http://www.the-frame.com/blog Jandy

    Thank you! I was hoping the home page wouldn't come across as too busy. Glad you like it.

  • http://www.the-frame.com/blog Jandy

    Thanks! Yeah, I've been working on it on and off for a couple of months now. And it's always amazing how many little things there are to tweak even after the major things are done.

  • http://sheenonline.biz Rahsheen

    I really like your home page. It's different than most I see. More social. I think I need to step my game up :)

  • http://www.the-frame.com/blog Jandy

    Thanks, Rah! I don't know how social it is…it's pretty ego-centric, actually. But it does pull a lot of media stuff that interests me together in one place, so there's that. I wish I'd found a way to integrate Twitter as nicely as your blog does – I tried something similar on my last design, but it never quite satisfied me. This time I around I eschewed a Twitter display, since it's included in the FriendFeed section anyway.

  • markhorne

    I know what you mean about Twitter and Friendfeed, but I like to make status stand out from the rest.

    I'm blown away by your accomplishment. I'm also really curious about the girl in the present banner. (And, btw, when the whim strikes you to change, make sure you make an archive of the old banners).

  • http://www.the-frame.com/blog Jandy

    Ha, I didn't notice the dot. Until you mentioned it, of course. There are so many little things. I don't even want to know how many times I uploaded the stylesheet for this to change one thing before noticing that there was something that needed changing. I'm sure I've still missed stuff.

  • http://www.the-frame.com/blog Jandy

    Yeah, that's why I had Twitter separated in the previous design, and I'd probably still find a way to do it if I updated it with any regularity or predictability. (Like, if I actually used it as a status.) I find myself posting directly on FriendFeed much more, though, and while I could use a version of the FriendFeed widget to post just my latest FriendFeed post…I dunno, it just didn't seem like something I wanted right now. We'll see.

    And thanks! I accomplished most of my goals, so I'm pretty pleased. Re: The girl in the banner – Anna Karina was in most of director Jean-Luc Godard's films from 1961 through 1965 (and that's like seven films), and other stuff since then that I haven't seen. This still is from Band of Outsiders (1964), probably my current favorite film (it's in a dead heat with “Rear Window”). Don't worry, I'll be sure to archive the old banners. :)