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First change to the new design

Careful! This post is looking a little old and could be inaccurate in many, many ways

What normally happens with the websites I produce is I will design the site and then build it myself, crossing between designing in the browser and designing in Photoshop depending on the requirements of individual pages. Unfortunately what usually happens is that once the site goes live I can quickly alter my opinions on certain elements of the design and wish I’d spent more time crafting something more visually appealing. The element originally designed is always usable it’s just I’m always pushing myself in order to refine the quality of all the work I produce.

This is no more true than when it comes to my personal stuff. Although my new site design has only been knocking about for a little over a month I’d been wanting to look at refining certain areas based on both my own personal desires and also feedback gained from others.

The first job

The first change has focused on the buttons on the website, these only happen to be in use on the comment and contact forms but I wanted to find something a little more visually appealing. These also seemed like the best place to start as they are a fairly small change in the grand scheme of things.

So the original comment button looked like this:

Original Button

and the new one like this:

New Button

As you can see the original button design is still there within the new one, however I’ve looked to refine it and by doing so I think it makes it more distinctive on the page.

Next time

I always have the best of intentions when it comes to tweaking the current design on my site rather than waiting until I get to the point where I want to completely redesign. Yet again the hope this time is that I follow through as there are still some things that I still don’t think I got right the first time. It was a case of rushing some decisions when it came to almost getting the site finished and live so with more time I want to relook at these things and hopefully with the extra time do something even better.