Welcome to thinktank version eight – also known as eighthtank. I’ve opted to change the site around again this time, to make it so much easier for me to just throw small things in aswell as the big things that I like to write.
I wrote a little while back about the road ahead for Thinktank, and this is it. It looks a lot, lot simpler – it’s up to you to decide if it’s a good thing. The most radical change is the introduction of stories I’ve dugg and songs I’ve loved on the Hype Machine to the blog proper, just like they were any other post. It saves me from having to write separate posts – and have an additional, rarely updated page – about songs and links that I like. I really like the idea, and I’m going to see how it plays out. These pages link directly to the content – no permalink on Thinktank – and they should be working for you.
Design wise, there’s not really much to talk about. It’s very simple, but that’s what I was going for. Not every post has an image anymore – which is handy – but I can now make use of dramatic imagery. I’ll also draw attention to the little icons that are next to some of the datestamps – there are stars for noteworthy posts, hearts for songs from the Hype Machine and a lowercase D for links I’ve dugg. Do you get it? You can click on these icons to quickly show only noteworthy posts (which are generally the lengthier things I write) and so on.
Regular visitors will notice that the number of pages on the site has cut from 4 to 2. Music and, more importantly, Klevver have gone. Music has become redundant with the implementation of the Hype Machine to the homepage, and the Lastfm chart in the footer. It was a difficult decision to get rid of Klevver though, but I felt it’s time was up. I haven’t really been designing for anybody other than myself for a long time, mainly due to a lack of free time to do it. So, I saw no point in keeping it up. I’d much rather put any web design stuff into the blog itself, rather than tacked on.
I’d love to hear your comments about the new site. You can still comment on any post that I write, but not on any links that are automatically added – ie the Digg and Hype Machine links. I’ve got rid of the number of comments indicator, because it was needless clutter. I’ve also hidden – somewhat controversially? – the post titles, instead letting the opening paragraph speak for itself. Again, it’s up to you if you think it’s a good thing, but it’s really helped to achieve a much more slimmed down, but I feel better, Thinktank.Noteworthy 3 May 2010
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