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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:
mizkit01

Mockup with column commentary:
mizkit01_markedup

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.
sassy_lady

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?
 
 
 
Ellen Millionellenmillion on December 28th, 2012 06:32 pm (UTC)
I should really brush up my Wordpress/template skillz... this is tempting, and I know it's neither beyond my programming/design skills and wouldn't be out of reasonable budget - EXCEPT that I'm starting at such a groundlevel with Wordpress. I could even build this from scratch and bypass Wordpress, no trouble - the elements are just not that complex compared to what I deal with - but that really would be reinventing the wheel.

If you just want graphics... I HAD to play with your new sassy lady:

http://hotlink.ellenmilliongraphics.com/ellen/catieplay.jpg
http://hotlink.ellenmilliongraphics.com/ellen/catieplay-layout.jpg

mikaela_l: pic#115610382mikaela_l on December 28th, 2012 07:24 pm (UTC)
Ooh. I like that Graphic, Ellen :).
anthony_lionanthony_lion on December 28th, 2012 07:29 pm (UTC)
*Drools*

That is... NICE!
That font is just SO right, especially together with the 'sassy lady'.

kitmizkit on December 28th, 2012 08:41 pm (UTC)
...that header is super, super sexy-hot. Holy crap. What font is that?
Ellen Millionellenmillion on December 28th, 2012 08:51 pm (UTC)
Andes! http://www.dafont.com/andes.font

One of my new favorites. :)
kit: xmen_sexxxaymizkit on December 28th, 2012 08:53 pm (UTC)
It goes SO WELL with the sassy lady. I was looking at keeping Not Sassure because it's kind of My Font for my byline on urban fantasy book titles, but SO SEXXXAY!