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28 December 2012 @ 01:16 pm
web design redux  
Most of you will probably not care about this. :)

I am told that the Genesis framework can support that two-column header that I want. I'm happy enough to buy the framework for somebody to work from, but I have accepted the brutal truth that I just don't want to be the one trying to make it work. In terms of things being set in stone for what I want, the two column header and the color scheme are the things not to mess with. With that in mind, the following:

My mockup for the basic shape I would like mizkit.com to have:

Mockup with column commentary:

This is fairly functional. It's not terribly pretty. I would *like* it to be prettier, ideally somehow thematically with me as a writer but anything with a sense of wonder/fun/something, I don't know. My old theme incorporated my Take A Chance comic's first splash image, and I liked that enough to keep it for years.

The body layout, which I like a lot, is borrowed from this theme, which is utterly beautiful but totally useless in terms of content delivery, with that huge flipping graphic there. I would like something like that body layout, though the focus for the above-the-fold right-hand navigation column would be like the one on CE Murphy.Net instead of recent posts, etc.

Bonus points to anybody who could incorporate my new sassy lady in an attractive and organic way.

My budget is limited. I'd like to keep it around $250, but I have no idea if that's reality-based. I mean, several people have volunteered to do it for free, but I don't know if this is within anybody's free skill set :), so should I end up *hiring* someone, I don't know how badly I'm off-mark. (Probably miles, because I know what design work cost back when I was doing it, and that was a long time ago. OTOH, I really can't help my budget, so we'll see.)

What's anybody think?
The Green Knight: Decision Timegreen_knight on December 28th, 2012 03:01 pm (UTC)
I know that people volunteer, and that's wonderful for you... but if you're using this as a career tool, and you expect to improve your income with it, please pay your designer, whoever you end up with. Or do something else for them.

Writers should not write for free. Web designers should not design for free. Yes, there are exceptions, but on the whole, I'd like a climate where people can make a living doing creative things... and that only works when we all are willing to pay for them.

(Nothing here looks like it is particularly complex, designwise, so this should be doable within your budget.)
Bryantbryant on December 28th, 2012 03:11 pm (UTC)
I can't speak for everyone who'd volunteer, but in my case I'd be offering because she's a close friend; I'm comfortable doing work for free for close friends. I tend to trust her not to take advantage of people, but I have the benefit of having known her a couple of decades. I can understand why someone who doesn't know her as well might make the wrong assumption.

Come to think of it, every time I've done a favor for her I've also wound up getting paid back one way or another, but that's mizkit for you.
Trent the Uncatchableknappenp on December 28th, 2012 03:28 pm (UTC)
I hate 'me too!' posts, but ... me too.
kitmizkit on December 28th, 2012 04:23 pm (UTC)
Okay, okay. Thank you all for having my back. :)

I'm sure green_knight didn't intend any offense. I suppose "people have volunteered but I don't know if this is within anybody's free skill set" could be interpreted "I don't intend to pay somebody if I can avoid it," though what I really meant was "If you're offering to work for free this may be beyond what you can easily do." I'm sure anybody who's been reading my blog as long as Green Knight has knows that it's not generally my style to expect something for nothing in creative endeavours. Or, I hope, in general...
Bryantbryant on December 28th, 2012 04:50 pm (UTC)
Sorry, green_knight!
Laura Anne Gilman: off topicsuricattus on December 28th, 2012 04:00 pm (UTC)
um, what part of "My budget is limited" did you miss? That doesn't mean "I'm not going to pay anyone for work being done" that means "I can't afford to pay much," and she goes on to acknowledge that she's probably not hitting the going rate, and fretting about it.

You may have meant well, but MY hackles went up at that, so I can only imagine how hurt Catie felt that you thought she'd take advantage of people. :-(

Edited at 2012-12-28 04:24 pm (UTC)