Small update, and some info to keep this an educational/help thread. Decided to go with a redesign based on the feedback here. My biggest challenge is going to be creating a consistent feel across the site since I have multiple content types; blog, forum, news, profiles, etc. I hit the inspiration sites and I found this information useful for UI design from our friends at Smashing Magazine. I’ll update this thread when I get a wireframe put together and some other layout tweaks.