Fickle, fickle, fickle (or, more changes!)

I realize that it was only 2 months ago that I decided to merge my graphics site here, but it seems I’ve already changed my mind. For those of you that came here looking for premade layouts, tutorials, web design resources, reviewer reviews, and the like, I’d like to direct you to PIXEL(YES), my new web design site. I’ve migrated the more…helpful and design-oriented of my blog posts there. It will probably be updated somewhat sporadically. Every since I merged in the premades, I had been feeling a bit uneasy about the whole thing. The site just felt a little too schizophrenic. I think things will work out better this way. For now, there will be “Resources” link in my navigation bar to PIXEL(YES), but that will likely be taken down in a few weeks.

Now that that’s out of the way, I’ve got a new layout up! It features my own cartoon-style self-portrait. It’s a bit different from my usual work, but I like it a great deal. You’ll notice that this layout is, for what may be the first time in my design history, a fluid-width layout. It also makes use of @media to display differently depending on the width of the browser viewport (and so is also mobile-friendly). Futhermore, it’s coded in HTML5, thanks to a little help from the _s starter theme. Overall, I think it’s pretty slick and fitting for my vision of the direction that I want to take this website in. As always, any comments, feedback, or criticism is welcome. My intention is to keep this layout for long time to come.

UPDATE 9/4/12: Absurdist.Org now also has a brand-new Facebook page! “Like” it to have updates from this site delivered directly to your newsfeed!

New layout: “Pencil & Paper,” and site changes!

Pencil & Paper I know it’s been quite some time since I last updated– I have to admit that 3rd year got the best of me. But I’m back, and I have a whole year in the lab ahead of me which, as you can probably guess, means that I’ll be working sane hours. First things first, I’ve treated myself to a brand new layout, featuring a notebook picture that I got from PublicDomainPictures.net. I even included some of my own pencil swirly doodles!

The other major change, as you may have already noticed, is the new Premade Layouts section. I’ve merged over some of what I consider to be my best non-JRock designs from Neogrotesque. I’ve found that premade layouts are really the only graphics that I love to make, and will probably shut down Neogrotesque in the near future in favor of a single unified site.

New layout: “Whimsical”

I know that I didn’t have the last layout up for long, but, for some reason, I got tired of it. Something about that odd shade of orange in the sidebar… I don’t know. Anyway, I’m rather happy with this new layout. It features a flower photograph, which I got from the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) Image Gallery.

Any comments, criticisms, and suggestions are welcome. I’m open to making small changes, though I probably won’t be willing to do anything too drastic.

New layout: “Flight of a Goldfish”

I’ve been working on this layout for the past week or so now, and it’s finally done! I’m sure that there are still kinks to be worked out, so please excuse any problems that I might have missed. Either way, I’m pretty happy with how it turned out. It’s somewhat different from my usual work, but I think it suits Absurdist.Org well.

The previous layout, Mechanicus, will probably be made available as a premade and/or free WordPress theme at Neogrotesque soon, so please check there if you’re interested.