Friday, October 24, 2008

What's this redesign all about?

Posted by Craig Kanalley on 10/24/2008
Friends, family, and colleagues, by now, you've probably noticed some major changes to my website.

Why the redesign?

For one, I never fell in love with my previous home page, which I've tweaked with but has been pretty much the same since my site launched last June. That's needed a facelift for a while, and I finally got around to it.

The flash at the top of my previous home page was cute, but it was kind of weak and amateurish in my opinion. Woo, I can do animation. Big deal. All the important stuff was buried underneath. It was cluttered and sometimes hard to decipher.

So, first and foremost I needed a better navigation system. I think I've found it with the new three-column layout. Boom - the main sections for the site. Boom - links to my blogs. And Boom - all the social networking you could ever want to get in touch with me. I think it's a big improvement.

Also, and something that's really bothered me, the coding was terrible. It was way too complex when it didn't need to be, and if this was something I submitted to my professor for my Web Design class back at Fisher, it would surely get torn apart.

Now, the coding is simple, clean, and easy to follow. I created some fun graphics and gave the home page some real energy, thanks to Illustrator and Photoshop. It was a big facelift and one that I felt was necessary. Looks like I'm in the 21st century now.

Would love to hear feedback and thoughts on the new design! And if anyone finds any broken links, please report them. Could have had some problems switching over to the new site. Thanks!

Old site


New site

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