March's New Masthead

Over the last couple of weeks, I have been tweaking the design of this site. I've added a little more white space over here, and little more over there, changed the font of the post titles three different times, changed the width of the sidebar, etc., and now that it's March, I've finally added the pièce de résistance, the masthead:

2009 March masthead

I decided that slow and subtle was going to be my design strategy, partially as a challenge to myself to see if it could be done effectively and partially as a result of limited creative time due to another deadline I had that was busy kicking my ass from one end of the apartment to the other. It was less an overhaul and more a tidying up, but I'm pleased with how it has turned out. Slow and subtle saved me from breaking this website, and I had time to think before deciding that maybe animated GIFs weren't so bad. It's amazing what starts to look good when you've been staring at a design for too long.

The following video will speak to the pain you've felt if you've ever sat down with an image editing program for any length of time:


Animator vs. Animation by alanbecker on deviantART via Galena

And now, with deadlines met, I am taking a one-day vacation to watch old movies, soak for unreasonably long periods in the bathtub, and eat leftover asian takeout. May my brain recover from its present pudding state before Photoshop and I have to have another fistfight love cuddle.