Hi all! We have a new look here at Visual Vocabulary! There are still some kinks to be worked out, but I just love the way it makes my photos pop and I couldn’t stand staring at that giant ugly black search bar on my old theme anymore. So I started to make small “easy” changes that Tyler could program for me, but then I just kept seeing other changes I wanted to make…
My original inspiration came from my attraction to motif of color bands, which I once wrote about. I had some bands of color coming down from the top of the page at an angle of 60°, and I was just going to put them in the background and then call it a day. But then when i looked at it more closely, it seemed perfect for navigation! And that meant I’d have to get Tyler on board, lol. My husband is the lead developer at Geyrhalter Design & Co. and he’s been really busy lately! But he said he’d help out (how could he not!). Of course we end up bickering when we work on projects together. I haven’t done much web design, and even if I’m internet/computer savvy, I really don’t think anyone is as savvy as a computer programmer. I don’t know all the terms and lingo, and a lot of elements get reduced to “that thingy at the top”. I did, however, learn what a favicon is!
Anyway, I’m sure that my design isn’t nearly as good as the designs hubs is used to working with, but it’s the first web design I’ve done that I’ve been excited and confident about. What’s more, is I’m sure I’ll grow to dislike it soon enough, and I’m very excited about that because it will mean that I have learned a lot more about web design! Isn’t that what’s funny about artists and designers? We look forward to when we don’t like our past work! As Jeffrey Zeldman says “If your old work doesn’t shame you, you’re not growing.”
Anyway, back to my design process here. I was playing around w/ my color bands, and I rotated the bands until they were horizontal, but they were cut off at an angle, and then I copied & flipped horizontal, and it made a “V” shape and I thought “well, that’s cool. The blog is named visual vocabulary after all”. So, that’s how the V-shaped navigation came about. :)
I was/am also working on a new header. I drew out something I rather love on paper, but haven’t managed to transfer it digitally into something I feel good about yet. I think I have a lot more to learn about illustrative wording before I can do this properly.
My grandfather and my mother in law both did signage for a living! I wish I could bug my grandfather about it, but I think perhaps I’ll just talk about it with my MIL when she next visits us. So, instead, Tyler made a neat header for me that I think will work until I get this finished! There are still a few kinks to be worked out, but I’m happy to share our new look! :)