Great Designers Steal, And So Do I
Welcome to the new girtby.net site design. If you're in an aggregator, please feel free to head on over to a browser and admire the countless hours of work that I've put into ... stealing someone else's site design.
For a while now I have been in awe of Khoi Vinh's Subtraction blog, with its amazing and minimal black-and-white design. Since first discovering it I had intended to shamelessly copy it, if ever I decided to redesign my own blog.
The original plan was to follow Matt's recommendation and customise the Sandbox wordpress theme into some reasonable facsimile of Khoi Vinh's site, without being too noticeably similar. While casting around for other sites to steal CSS from, I came across a wordpress theme which looked to provide most of what I wanted, so I used that instead of Sandbox. Thanks to Derek Powazek for his DePo Clean theme.
My version of the theme has departed slightly (or perhaps radically, depending on your point of view) from the original. Instead of a 5-column fixed layout, I've gone with a mostly-fluid layout. Maybe it's the coder in me, but it just feels wrong hard-coding magic pixel numbers into the stylesheet...
The fluid layout may turn out to be a mistake, and indeed I'm already concerned about the mismatch between the columns in the footer and those in the body. By the time you read this I may have already changed my mind, and reverted to a fixed-width layout.
For the most part everything has come together nicely but I'm afraid I would be lost without the assistance of the awesome CSSEdit, which as you can see, enables a dilettante designer like me to butcher the creations of others with ease.
I have some further creative additions to the site planned, not to mention some actual content, as well. Happy 2009, folks.