Makeover

I’ve changed the appearance of my blog, in response to long-running frustrations about the contrast level on the old blog (some readers found it hard to view) and the narrowness of column text. If something that’s changed makes the site harder for you to read, though, please let me know and I’ll see whether I can address your problem.

18 thoughts on “Makeover”

  1. I’m glad you made this post, because I thought I was going crazy. The narrowness of the font itself on the white background makes it extraordinarily hard to read. I’m not sure if this is because of the font-family hierarchy in CSS making it so that you see a font that I don’t have, but either way I’ve been squinting for an hour. This is less true on the white text on black design elements, but still a concern. I also find a lot of the navigation text and block quotes too small, in that they become pixelated and hard to discern. For reference, I’m viewing at 1920×1080 resolution.

  2. I agree the fonts are difficult to see. I notice that the drop down menus seem to pop “under” the “previous My Articles causes a list that goes off the bottom of my screen. I’m at 1280 by 800 on Chrome.

  3. While it’s not bad enough that would have said anything if you hadn’t brought it up, I really don’t find the readability of this font very good. It’s attractive and stylish, but not easy-reading. Serif fonts really are more readable in normal print, but even as sans-serif fonts go this one is particularly…sludgy to to read.

    1. I don’t know what it looked like before, but this font — appears to be a light weight of Helvetica Neue on my OSX Firefox — still kind of hurts my eyes. It’s certainly not *unreadable* (and if it doesn’t change, that’s fine by me) but it’s a font I would usually associate with titles, not body text. A medium weight of Helvetica would presumably be fine, as plenty of sites use it (including my own :P ).

  4. Overall, I really like the new design!

    I’d almost say it’s a bit too readable: really large fonts, big spaces between posts / replies… it means I have to scroll quite a bit more that I’d prefer. (And that’s on 1920×1200, though in landscape mode.) But then again, I can always press Ctrl+minus if I want the text to appear smaller, so it’s not big deal.

    1. Almost too readable for me, too — I have a pretty small screen at 1280 x 800 so that means a lot of scrolling. Somehow when I zoom out it still seems as though there’s too much white space for me. It looks nice, though. (Part of it may be that I’m used to the things I’m used to.)

      (Also, I don’t like hitting control-minus to zoom out, but that may not be your problem.)

    1. This too is part of the theme, not something I did. It is a bit drama-queen-y, but I confess I slightly like the way it makes me seem VERY SINISTER.

      If it seems to be bugging people after a bit, I’ll poke around the CSS and see if I can rewire that.

  5. Yikes, the typeface is difficult to read.

    Given that this blog is text related, perhaps you could consider @font-face.

    1. I did — my original attempt (that everyone said was far too pale on Windows browsers) relied on some external fonts. I’m a little hesitant to play with that further given that it’s hard to tell what the results will look like for other people.

  6. Ah, I thought something was different! I kind of like it. Then again, I thought every other comment was black and white for differentation purposes… ha.

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