A few days ago I was inspired to finally redesign the Teli Design Studio website. This time around, I wanted simple and straightforward–focus on the services and the content.
After much doodling and some planning, I decided to keep the front page as simple as possible (a single sentence, actually), and then branch right.
There are only three links on the homepage (aside from the footer link) which lead to the ‘About’, ‘Blog’, and ‘Freebies’ pages. From each of those respective pages, a visitor will be able to access my portfolio, previous musings & articles, downloadable delights, and my contact form.
The color scheme is also as simple as the homepage: black, white, and blue-toned grays. In fact, it was built from the logo sketch. (And for the curious, the logo was done entirely in Painter 11.)
Granted, not everything is finish. In fact, I’m only about 45% finished with the site, but I decided to “make it live” and do a real-time redesign, sort of. I’ve already upgraded the site to the latest version of WordPress and moved some things around.
Now I need to…
- finish tweaking the theme, to include tightening up the overall layout
- rewrite some content and update pages
- retool the comments section on the individual posts
- create a proper 404 page for all those errors I’ve no doubt caused
- add some plugins and helpful features
- add a few more custom image elements (i.e. the search/comment forms & headings, etc.)
- and clean up the files/folders
I’m sure there’s more, but that’s the list for now, and over the next few weeks, I’ll mark off each of the items as they are completed. I may even write a few more design notes about the process.