Revamping

When you’re constantly fiddling with a site, as I do with this one, entropy creeps in. Patches upon patches obscure the underlying design. Things that should be quick fixes consume more and more time because you have to remember the workarounds, the funky naming conventions, and the non-standard elements that seemed right when put in place but look like a dog’s breakfast in the cold light of day.

At the same time, I recognize that when you’ve got thousands of readers, design must evolve. Gradually. Designers with empahty and maturity, a group of which I aspire to be a member, don’t switch horses like Wired magazine in the early days. “Let’s see how hard we can make this to read. How about white type on a light violet background with 4-point type that slithers around the page? That should hold us til next month.”

No, I vacillate between that gonzo-Jackson Pollock-Mark Rothko-Van Gogh wildness and logical Bauhaus tradeoffs like:

    Balance………………………………………..Instability
    Symmetry……………………………………Asymmetry
    Regularity…………………………………….Irregularity
    Simplicity…………………………………….Complexity
    Unity…………………………………………..Fragmentation
    Economy…………………………………….Intricacy
    Understatement…………………………….Exaggeration
    Predictability…………………………………Spontaneity
    Activeness……………………………………Stasis
    Subtlety……………………………………….Boldness
    Neutrality…………………………………….Accent
    Transparency………………………………..Opacity
    Consistency…………………………………Variation
    Accuracy……………………………………..Distortion
    Flatness……………………………………….Depth
    Singularity…………………………………..Juxtaposition
    Sequentiality………………………………..Randomness
    Sharpness……………………………………Diffusion
    Repetition……………………………………Epicodicity

I’m changing my role, and hence the role of the Internet Time Blog from encyclopedic knowledgebase to a platform for commentary, from library to pulpit, and from school to store. Let’s see if you notice any difference. If you have suggestions, let’s hear them.


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