So. 51 days into the redesign, and where am I at?
Itâ€™s going pretty well, actually. Iâ€™ve converted all of the pages except the photo galleries to the new (provisional) design, and even those should be done very soon. Thatâ€™s the easy part. Now that Iâ€™ve got the styles in place, Iâ€™ll be able to shuffle things around much more easily. CSS-based layouts are a godsend, they are. Iâ€™ve still got a lot to learn (no duh), but it doesnâ€™t look so intimidating anymore. At first, I was going to stick to my trusty old table-based layout; but when I tried to get a little fancier I ended up with massively nested tables, so I said â€œFuck that noise!â€ and took the plunge. CSS all the way, baby. Havenâ€™t looked back since. In fact, a while later, I decided to move the sidebar from left to right. All it took were a few changes in the stylesheet, and boom, all my pages had their sidebar on the right. Seriously, how awesome is that? If I hadnâ€™t been enlightened before, that would have done it for sure.
But like I said, thatâ€™s the easy part. CSS and HTML, thatâ€™s justâ€¦ coding (I always code my pages by hand). The real struggle will be designing graphics, because it means using a side of my brain that just hasnâ€™t gotten much exercise. Left brainâ€”analytical, logical, language oriented? No problemo. Right brainâ€”intuitive, emotional? Ah. Thatâ€™s a problemo. Iâ€™ll need to learn a whole new language. No, not even that (just showed my bias, right there), but much more basicâ€”primal, if I may use the wordâ€”ways to express myself.
I think I got that particular revelation while visiting Web sites on Paleolithic art a couple weeks ago. The people living 20 or 30,000 years ago had no written language, and maybe not much of a spoken language, but they still produced some seriously kick-ass art. I have to watch myself here; canâ€™t fall in the trap of thinking â€œOoo, Cro-magnons were primitive and brutish, they had no left-brain thinking at all.â€ Which, well, is certainly very condescending and probably very wrong. But they must have had a very different mindset, and thatâ€™s something I need to explore.