Matt Gray

New Site Launched

Jan 18, 2010

I have soft launched my new site, powered by Wordpress.

History

When I started blogging in 2003, I wrote my own PHP-powered blogging software as an exercise (literally, it was part of homework for a graphics class). It was an exercise in “good enough” and got me through the last seven years (!) with minimal features. I’m glad I started blogging that way.

Last year, I revisited my aging design:

It was time for a change, but the forest of Smarty templates I had let grow over the years was not easy to refactor. Migrating to WordPress seemed on par with the hassle of re-jiggering my aging blog system. It turned out to be much easier than I thought.

Grid Theory

My friend and colleague Kyle Meyer turned me on to designing with grids, thanks to his recommendation of Thinking With Type. I set about making the elements I wanted on my site line up on a typographic grid. Then I tried to make that work cross-browser. One bloody forehead later, I’ve launched my site.

Made for Code

In particular, the new design should give me a little more room to blog about code:

<?php
// code samples with a nice fixed-width style
print "Like this!";
// This is exactly an 80-character line, often a max length in coding standards.

Launched!

The grids aren’t perfect. I’m not happy with all the elements just yet. However, I have a refreshed site that more accurately portrays who I am. Will I blog more? Only time will tell. For now, you can reliably figure out what I’m up to on Facebook and Twitter.

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