Staffer’s Book Review Gets a Permanent Face Lift

Last month I moved my blog from Google Blogger to my own WordPress site here at At the time, I changed the look of the blog because I had to, but it wasn’t what I ultimately planned for the site. I quickly put my head down and got to work on what the kind of design I felt my blog deserved.

I took a lot of inspiration from Aidan Moher’s beautifully designed blog, A Dribble of Ink. For the past two weeks I’ve been ‘blowing up’ his gChat getting this thing together. He does this kind of thing professionally after all. He’s been a tremendous help and I can’t thank him enough. But, maybe this is a start:

aidan_moher_heartThe goal was to create something clean, fast, and slick. If you can believe it, almost everything is text, excepting the background image and the images embedded in the posts. New, modern browsers and developments in CSS and HTML5 have opened up all kinds of new avenues for the creative mind. I think I accomplished my goal, unless you use an old browser in which case this all looks like utter shit (sorry). 

I’d love to hear feedback from my readers though. What don’t you like? Is anything hard to read? How can I make it better?

Thanks for your patience.

Justin Landon

Justin Landon is the Overlord of Staffer's Book Review. When he's not writing things of dubious value to the world, he's at the gym or being a dad. You can follow him on a multitude of social media, which is strongly suggested lest you miss out on vital information that could someday save your life.

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  • Aidan from A Dribble of Ink October 22, 2012 at 5:23 pm

    Goodness me, who is that sexy many in that pink heart?

  • tmso October 22, 2012 at 6:21 pm

    Looks nice on my iPhone, but all the header text is overlapping and scrunched up. But that just may be my version of Safari?

    Not a lot of color…very gray.

    • Justin Landon October 22, 2012 at 7:35 pm

      Yeah, I need to get a CSS optomized for smartphones. Consider that high on the list of things to do, including making it look nice in outdated browsers.

  • Mark Schaefer October 22, 2012 at 8:11 pm

    Ha, talk about irony! After all that dap for him, neither link (this post nor the blogroll) to Aidan’s blog works.

  • Weijian October 23, 2012 at 12:53 am

    The gray and (incidentally) the pink on the current post is a pretty striking color combo. Maybe extend to the rest of the site? ;)

    I’m bothered by the lack of padding on the left side of individual posts though; everything’s right up against the edge.

    • Justin Landon October 23, 2012 at 7:02 am

      Good catch on the padding. I’ll fix that straight off.

    • Gabriele October 23, 2012 at 1:22 pm

      I like the grey; it’s easy on the eye.

  • Elisa October 23, 2012 at 11:42 am

    Love the redesign! I think the comments links at the top of the posts are a little hard to see — I had to hunt around for them for a second. But that could just be me!

    • Justin Landon October 23, 2012 at 12:02 pm

      Thanks! I totally agreed on the comments link. I want to blow it up and put it in a dialogue box. Work in progress!

  • Gabriele October 23, 2012 at 1:21 pm

    Very nice. I like blogs that don’t have so many bells and whistles that they load like snails on my old computer (which I still use more than the laptop). This one’s fast and sleek.

  • Bibliotropic October 24, 2012 at 8:17 am

    Looks good to me. The grey tones make it easier to focus on the text, I think.

  • Bob October 24, 2012 at 5:44 pm

    Better, but need to get rid of that big green block at the bottom of each post.

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