Some folks reading this may notice that LonelyStreets has undergone a radical visual shift. I’ve been meaning to update the theme for years (I was frankly embarrassed by the way it looked – the design dating from before I received any formal design education when my aesthetic sense was questionable at the very best).
The sad fact is, however, that I only got around to making this update because the site got hacked a couple weeks ago, forcing me to reinstall WordPress to get everything clean. I used this as impetus to pick a new theme (made by someone with the relevant skills to properly customize a WP presentation – server-side scripting is one area of code I have yet to touch). Unlike the old theme, I did little to customize this one; partly because I want to enjoy blogging without worrying about the code, partly because I think my uneducated customizations may have been what made the site hackable previousy, and partly because this theme is so nice to begin with. So big thanks to SomaDesign.ca for the free theme. I particularly liked that the theme’s author is unapologetic that the theme was created for blogs that focus on writing, and it is not made for visual pizazz, SEO, or any other silliness that clearly doesn’t apply to my little site anyway.
Finally, I plan to begin blogging about design again. I recently re-read some of the posts I wrote while at CMU, and was surprised at how much I enjoyed them: design theory is cool. Now that I’m a professional designer with no solid connections to academia, I realize how few designers think about theory and see myself becoming one of those. To fight this decline in open-minded introspection I will henceforth blog about design and my design work with greater frequency, a focus on topical posts, and quit filling my blog with random stuff. I will probably create a second blog elsewhere to house my DJ mixes and illustrations. I’ll post a link if/when that happens.
So thanks to any and all who read this – stay tuned for interesting design musings to come!