I think you have a good start but I would give some basic advice I offer a lot of people, and that’s to stick to a grid. To me this design is begging for it. Many of the elements obviously have thought behind where they are placed, and may line up with other surrounding elements, but just feel off when looked at as a whole. I don’t think it needs a whole redesign or anything near that, just a few tweaks and nudges =)
Thanks for the feedback. :)
Yeah, I’ve got a few grid-psd’s lying here, so I might use those.
And the colors I’m not happy with either, any good ideas for that?
The blue and green sample windows throw me off completely, I will say that.
I’d add a small shadow to that xbox up there, for starters.. and possibly move your entire header over about 25-30 pixels so that it’s in line with your green content borders.
A grid might help, but I think that taking a look at some of your favorite blog websites might help you out even more. Personally, I hate grids, but I love organization and neatness more. Make an effort to separate your different content areas a little more, and make cohesive units of the smaller sections. Meaning, your category and archives areas on your sidebar: while they are near each other, there’s not much difference between them in appearance, and they kind of run together.
When you get down to coding your blog template, be generous with your padding, IMO. Your post meta data (posted at 9:08PM on 1/15/08, etc etc) could stand to be separated a little more from your title and your post content.
I think your blog design is a great start… but there’s a lot of finishing that you can put into it to make it the best it can be.
I like the new design it is a lot cleaner than the first but I think you should bring back the 360 in the header it was a nice touch. As for the metadata look at how other blogs do having the day in a large font in the middle of the box with the month a little smaller below it. Keep up the good work.