You'll Never Walk Alone
5% of my tweets are about the internet, 94% of my tweets are about football (soccer), and the other 1% end with #FML.
It’s unpleasant when you build something that is never used. It’s rare that you build something that’s meaningful and relevant to you. This almost always means that it’s also useful to other like-minded people. This is one of those rare projects.
This was the first of two Community projects in 2012. I’ve already written about Satori. Considering that I live in Bombay, it’s strange that the first Community project was the redesign of a blog based in Malta!
Since it’s hosted on Blogger, the lack of development flexibility meant that it was always going to be a pain implementing the changes. The idea was to follow House’s Razor to the tee: the best solution is the least painful 1 .
The goal was simple: to bring the writing into focus. The steps involved were: i) get rid of the banner [rant below]; ii) use a pleasant typeface; iii) put in some primary colours.
I realised a couple of things: i) Constraints aren’t always a bad thing. The enforced simplicity of thought lends itself to the final presentation; ii) Under every template hides a good version of that template. If you keep removing stuff, you will find it.
Content Not in Focus
I don’t understand websites where you have to scroll to bring the content into focus. The article should be in focus without that annoying 100px, 200px, sometimes 300px scroll.
I designed a couple of posters as ‘artwork’ that Paul could use on media outlets like Twitter. The posters featured the writing prowess of Simon Kuper and the interviewing ninjatsu of Sid Lowe. The writers themselves were inspired by the madness of Johan Cruijff and Juanma Lillo – two of the greatest, most eccentric thinkers of the modern game. 3