LBRB – The CNN Edition

26 Apr

Time for a change of design. Not that there was anything wrong with the old design as such but I got bored of it and lets face it, sporting a design not created by onesself when one is a designer for a living is not really the done thing. Therefore this one _is_ created by moi.

I wanted to keep ahold of the ‘news’ type them of the old design but make it much more contemporary and cleaner. The CNN website is a great example of this contemporary style so I decided to rip it off, be inspired by it.

The backend (the bit you don’t see) is also upgraded to WordPress 2.5and is quite sexy in its appearance and new information architecture structure. However, I note that 2.5.1 is already released so I’m downloading that as we speak and that’ll be installed in the next 20 mins or so.

I now return you to your regularly scheduled blogging. Out.

PS – there may be a few bugs as I upgrade. I had this design working on IE6, 7 and the latest developer beta of 8 as well as Firefox 2, Opera 8 and Safari.

If you happen to note anything spectacularly awful that I’ve missed or if your browser starts to do weird things let me know either in the comments or in an email.

Also, if I happen to have retired (or as its otherwise known ‘forgotten’) a feature from the old design that you really liked also let me know. I don’t think I have but you never know.

Out (Part II).

12 Responses to “LBRB – The CNN Edition”

  1. brstpathdoc April 26, 2008 at 14:55 #

    The site looks great. Nice job.

  2. Ms. Clark April 26, 2008 at 23:48 #

    I’d like it better if you used comic sans….
    :-0 (kidding) I like it as it is, but I wonder if you need to change something to get the hub to pick it up as you add new entries?

  3. Joseph April 27, 2008 at 03:25 #

    I liked the way the latest comments were visible before. Now you have to click on “Recent Comments.” Oh well, no biggie.

  4. Kev April 27, 2008 at 06:57 #

    Thanks doc 🙂

    Ms Clark. comic sans? I thought you didn’t like cuss words? 😉 The Hub stuff should be being renewed. I think Alex has a small issue with the date formatting of his feed which is why he stays at the top. Happened to me awhile ago.

    Joseph – your wish, my command 😉

  5. Brett April 28, 2008 at 03:58 #

    I like it, Kev. Like you said, nice and clean but lots of info and context.

    Quick WP question: how do you get the “notify me of followup comments via e-mail” option in your comments?

  6. Kev April 28, 2008 at 17:56 #

    Brett – et voila.

  7. Brett April 28, 2008 at 18:31 #

    Merci, Kev. Works like a charm.

  8. CS April 29, 2008 at 06:03 #

    I like it as well and I assume you made this template yourself. Knowing how difficult that is, at least for me, I have to give you credit. Creating websites is incredibly difficult for me, even when I have a premade template. Are you working on a 4 column template or will you keep it at 2?

  9. Kev April 29, 2008 at 19:37 #

    CS – yup, all my own work 🙂 aside from the plugins naturally but the design (HTML/CSS) is all mine.

    Keeping it at 2 for now. 4 is an interesting idea though.

  10. Matt April 29, 2008 at 23:24 #


    how about making the LeftBrainRightBrain banner a link to the home-page.

    Not that CNN does that…


  11. Kev April 29, 2008 at 23:49 #

    Tis done 🙂

  12. Paintworkz Web Design May 2, 2008 at 09:46 #

    Your site is just very simple and very catchy!! Great Job

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