Back in 2012 I posted plans to evolve the blog which included:
And I recognize the “look and feel” of the blog desperately needs help, another action on the 2012 to-do list.
This exchange with Marsha Collier surfaced in 2013:
I’ve had friends tell me that once I bulldoze the wretched “look and feel” of the blog …
My New Year’s resolutions in 2014 included:
Bulldoze the “Look and Feel” of the Blog: Friends, family members and complete strangers have asked why the design of my blog looks like a failed attempt at retro. As an evangelist for visual storytelling, 2014 is the year that I finally bring my blog into the 21st century (and put some shoes on this cobbler’s kid). I’m also keen to bring some of BusinessWeek’s treatments of typography into the blog.
It took three years of cogitation to finally deliver Design 2.0.
Welcome to the new and improved Ishmael’s Corner.
At the risk of rationalizing, the task of redesigning the blog involved more than creating a “look” that didn’t repulse.
I wanted to push the boundaries of what a blog could be, finding inspiration in places ranging from Fast Company to Medium to the proverbial online nooks and crannies. That’s why it took some time. I knew to do it right would be a major undertaking.
So what do I mean by “do it right?”
More than creating a fresh façade, I wanted to have the ability to package each post for maximum curb appeal. This gets into areas like greater control of typography — even using typography as a visual element — and flexibility to feature horizontal images, vertical images and even bleed photos across the width.