I don't have a habit of announcing minor changes to the visual design on my sites, but now
I will make an exception. The change is not “fantastic”, not even “great” in any
way, but it has been a long time coming.
The header-background for this site's wide-screen design, with a cloudy sky – introduced
June 11, 2015, is now officially under test in this design. If it survives scrutiny over the next few weeks, it
may stay part of the site-wide design for a while.
This site's overall design has not changed much over the last four years, and will probably be
kept for quite a while. I have no plans of dumping the “virtual nature” theme I started out with back in January 2011,
only details will be altered / swapped from time to time.
The new background is taken from a real picture, unlike the previous background which was
computer-designed for this site. Not that I think “real” or “artificial” makes
much of a difference in web design – everything “web” is virtual anyway. Including something
that at least has roots in the real world, cannot hurt though.
Whether this new design variation is an upgrade or downgrade in appearance compared to the
previous, more stylized one, is of course up to the individual visitor to decide.
I obviously like the new variant – see update notes.
Some may think that I have gone too far by gray'ing out everything in the overall site design.
Maybe so, but now I can be as colorful as I like in the content sections, without the risk of having
the design fight the content for attention.
To me the main thing about a design, is how well it carries content through to visitors without introducing
unnecessary distractions. In my opinion this new design variant is at least as efficient as the
previous variant in that respect.
The original picture is in my private archive, taken on our farm an early morning in June 2014. A section
– see red corner markings on picture below – was cropped out of the full-size (3888×2592px)
original, and the lower part of this section was made gradually transparent to blend in smoothly with the quilted
background on the rest of the page.
The original in color, with the red'ish top of the clouds as they was lightened up by
the morning sun, did not fit in well with the overall gray'ish design theme. The gray-toned and
light / contrast adjusted version I ended up using, does in my opinion go well with my “virtual
why this cloudy variant…
As none of the overlayed elements from previous design version has been removed or altered – see
screenshots above, they set the premises for the visual header background. “High flying
birds” called for an “airy” background, and I happened to pick this one out
amongst quite a few suitable pictures I have in my archives, when I decided to make
The header-space is the most prominent area in a web page. So, what I am about to
check up on over the nest few days and weeks, is how well various content-related design elements and
decorations on top of the article and sidenote areas balance in with the new header-background.
Not that I expect to find any major, unintended, clashes as I go through pages on site, but
a few visual details here and there can surely be improved on.
Hageland 12.jun.2015 02.jul.2015 - see update notes last rev: 02.jul.2015