Pablo Picasso said: “Good artists borrow, great artists steal” – I’m not a big fan of this metaphor.
You should really change the apperance of the boxes.
It give you too much that feeling of css-tricks, I think.
But good work with the “portfolio post” I like that tiny hover effekt.
Honestly, the design and presentation it’s not clear and intuitive at all. Just randomly scattered 5 boxes side by side of the same width and different heights which creates chaos. No sense of any kind of proportional balance, order or harmony either, due to lack of emphasis on, what is suppose to be active (primary) and or passive (complementary) content. Feels like looking at the add section of a local paper.
I have to agree partially with @jurotek . It’s not that big chaos as he says, but could be better. Make some gradation of content. Something like five rows each with a different size so most important or newest content should be bigger and less important or older should be smaller. But don’t do linear gradation! Do some mixing to kill monotony. Remove background on footer, hate chromes! :) Let it be free. :) If you do so, lower size of copyright, improve size of Back to top and give it some arrow.
This sayings about stealing is absurd, there is some similarities but there is no word of plagiarism. We can find 10000000 sites that are similar.
I really like where your design is going (and I like your drawings too!), yesterday there were 5 columns and it was a little bit overwhelming but now I see 3 content columns and a supplementary column which is much better.
I don’t care much for a ‘back to top’ button, got Home for that :P
‘Contact’ and ‘Find me elsewhere’ might be hard to reach on mobile when there is lots of content (lots of scrolling to get there)
Honestly..my opinion.. the old design showed more personality.
I would like to see a “conglom” of the old with the new.
The old site seems to say “I am Keith and I’m an the artist that designed and built this site.”
The new site (I think) says “I am Keith and I copied this design from CSS Tricks”.
Go with your strengths
@KeithPickering It is just a terrible way to scan content, as your eyes have no natural path to follow. Unfortunately, despite the fact that it might look ‘pretty’, it is terrible UX, and therefore, not a good design choice.
Also, why doesn’t the navigation line up with the columns clearly defined in the content?
There are a few fairly basic design principals that you seem to be ignoring. I don’t say that to insult you, but perhaps a bit more research/education wouldn’t go astray?