It’s been two years since the first redesign of my blog, taking it from a simple typography-driven design — black text on a white background — to a colorful magazine design that allowed me to create backgrounds with graffiti and a hidden message [note 1], “faux” advertisements, videos, podcasts and some zany graphics. But now that I’ve sown my wild creative oats, a part of me wants to return to that simpler blog design. I want to focus more on written content though, I must admit, I also want to be able to “go visual” if the mood strikes. To ring in the new year, I’ve selected a blog design from Woo Themes that allows me to speak in both languages — written and visual. This post has two examples of the more typographically driven design – drop caps and pull quote — which adds a touch of visual interest yet still keeps the focus on ‘the text.’ The blog design is flexible enough that I can, when appropriate, ‘go visual.’ The one problem with the design is that, being a ‘canned’ design, that is, not custom made, it will take a few months of design/layout tweaks — the digital equivalent of spit and polish — to make it really shine. Don’t be surprised if, on subsequent blog visits, some subtle or not so subtle changes have occurred during your absence.
ADD is also a description of Jeff’s mind…
In addition to a design change, I’ll be changing the blog’s content. I will continue to write about the wonders of ADHD but I will, once again, venture far afield. My past ventures had created a bit of anxiety among some readers who assumed that the blog’s sole focus was ADD/ADHD. But the blog’s title — Jeff’s ADD Mind — has two different meanings. The acronym ADD (which I often refer to as ADHD) is not simply a description of the blog’s content despite the approximately three hundred and eighty or so blog posts that focused on that subject. ADD is also a description of Jeff’s mind and, as others have pointed out, ADD/ADHD is a small part of who we are as “special” human beings. We have much more to offer the world than our inability to consistently pay bills on time or keep our mouths in check. Therefore, you can expect to see more non-ADHD related content on the blog.
I wish you all a happy and healthy new year.
- I don’t think anyone ever found that message. It said “BESURETODRINKYOUROVALTINE”↩