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22 thoughts on “Making the type look better

  • Comment by Liz
    April 25, 2011

    It’s funny, because I landed here the other day an noticed your owl seal logo and then just now as your page loaded my mouth fell open at how cute your newER logo is. Get it, girl.

    Ps; Thanks for sharing about MIN. How epic.

  • Comment by Leslie
    April 25, 2011

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts on how difficult it is to design, or in your case, redesign, a personal website. I’m struggling to design my own portfolio site (I’m a web design/development student) and I find myself agonizing over every little design decision. Luckily, I love every minute of the process but it can still be a form of torture at the same time.

    Keep up the great work on your redesign, love what you’ve done with the place so far.

  • If you want to destroy a designer, give him all the time in the world. Give me constraints or give me an endless potential to never finish anything. Clients really are a blessing! =)

    It’s been really exciting to watch you grow the past couple years. Keep on cranking. I love the sketchy owl, and the hand-drawn container bottoms (wide layout only) are a nice touch.

  • I always find it quite fascinating reading how other designers are approaching their site re-design process (so document away, no more how trivial!).

    Your last theme was a joy to look at, however, I have to say I’m enjoying the clean look of the work you’ve put into this newer variation. Fluidity looks just about right and the logo looks a lot more ‘memorable’ πŸ™‚

  • Love the type and the overall experience. The fluid layout is just perfect. It works like it should! πŸ™‚

  • I love your site’s design. The fluid layout is simply magnificent. Great use of CSS3 as well. πŸ™‚ I may have to give FF Tisa a try!

    +follow!

  • Without a doubt, the CSS3 transition fade is the hottest thing in the new spec. Love it.

    Love this design, too.

  • I just wrote a bookmarklet that you and other designers may find useful. If you come across a font you like, but the designer wasn’t as nice as you and didn’t give its name, you can select some text and then click the bookmarklet and it will tell you all the font info — family, style, etc. http://alexch.github.com/bookmarklets#fonzie

  • Megan, a great read – thanks for being real.

  • FF Tisa is a great font! Great job on this site design (:

  • Comment by josh
    April 26, 2011

    Looks great Meagan! Really like the Tisa, it even looks good on a PC, unlike a lot of web fonts. Fluid layout is perfect. New logo feels truer to your previous design as well, which I also loved!

  • I have been pondering my own website redesign as well, and I must say that you are at least five steps ahead of me in the fact that you have a blog up! Love your candid thoughts and very handy links (never heard of Min before!)

  • I feel your pain. I’m struggling with the same exact thing myself and getting nowhere at incredible speed. I was writing a blog post about it too but you’ve done a much better job than I ever would. I love this site by the way.

  • Great post. I’m a huge typography nerd myself and I enjoyed the hell out of this post. Good work.

  • Comment by Jann Howell
    April 26, 2011

    Thanks so much for sharing MIN. The sketchy owl is super cute and matches the overall feel of the site, and your hand drawn type is quite lovely.

    I completely understand you’re struggle with the about page. I’ve been working on my portfolio site and sometimes wish I could leave the about page out completely. All I ever end up with is a paragraph, beyond that I start to ramble.

    Looks great so far, keep up the good work.

  • Is there anything worse than writing your own about page? – Do you know what, I’m not really sure that there is!

  • I love reading these redesign articles. Thanks Meagan!

  • Yeah, the whole responsive web design phenomenon is such a wonderful jaw-dropping pinnacle of achievement. Once you show a client how the site maneuvers on any browser or device, and how their fixed width site looks junky, they quickly understand.

    To re-design existing fixed-width sites and turn them into responsive sites is the big question for me. I’ve been working on one, but finding it very time consuming. Working on a site from scratch is a delight though…

  • Yeah it’s difficult task to redesign a website, takes a lot time than designing a fresh one. But anyway you have made it. I love your cool new design, it’s nice to see the new typography. CSS3 makes its more beautiful. Thanks for the article.

  • I love the simple design and have been trying to make my site more user friendly like yours. I hope you don’t mind me copying your layout. Just a little lol