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August 22, 2010 / Gina D.

Form follows function

The first fundamental the first of my journalism professors hammered into my head during my first design-related course was catchy — and important — and one that always floats to the surface whenever I’m working on something intended for the benefit of others.

One of my biggest gripes about design/ers is that they often will try to force things to work a certain way because it looks cool — not because it actually works. Myself, I can’t stand having things look good when I know the functionality of a lesser cool look is much, much better.

So I changed the theme of this blog. A few times.

The old one rocked my logo. The bright colors accenting the basic b/w format coordinated well with my CMYK logo. But the type was too small and hard to read (as reverse type generally is), especially on the sidebars that had all the links, which I’ve put a great deal of time into collecting and organizing.

The new one has a built-in top-of-the-page button: Click the floating title box that follows you down the left column, and you’re instantly snapped back to the top of the blog. I could do without the orange and the small caps, but… it does what I want and makes this blog much more inviting, adhering to basic design principles.

The only really annoying thing about this particular format is that the banner doesn’t function a home-page button (yet?). But someday, I’ll have a banner on lockdown, like Ernie Smith’s; scroll all you want, my logo will always be there, at the top of your screen, haunting your every mouse maneuver. Someday, a lot of other stuff, too… Once I start digging into the CSS and come up with my own look/style/functionality, the appearance of this blog will become much more distinct.

But for now, I’m much a slave to the templates WordPress offers — yes, I said the T-word — and really, I could do worse. Or maybe better.

So consider yourself warned, and don’t be surprised (or put off) by the evolving look of Beyond Tetris. But do feel free to add your two cents at any time. After all, I’ve had you in mind with every adjustment.

Stay tuned.

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  1. Mr. Mike / Aug 22 2010 2:59 PM

    The guy who wrote “The Little Prince” was a pilot and aeronautical engineer who said something along the lines of “Perfection in design is achieved when there is nothing more to be added and nothing more to be taken away.”

    That’s always stayed with me and informs the way I approach information design.

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