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Recently I stuck in a note over on the right side of this page about having red hair when this current design was in its planning stage. My hair’s been black for very nearly four years now, so that’s pretty sad.

I’ve probably mentioned that I need to redesign this site 67 times since then. But I don’t just mean the look, I mean the information that’s in your face, the navigation and functionality. Lots needs to be sorted out when you do these things. There are considerations. Two SXSWs ago, I thought it would be worth waiting for Expression Engine 2.0, but now that seems as practical as waiting for HTML 5 to be officially adopted. Content and organization need lots of attention. And that’s before I can even think about what the design will actually look like.

Quick story: I just had to stand outside to let the cable guy get to something in the backyard, and immediately got at least four bug bites on my legs. Which will affect shaving. Which will affect what I wear if I go to a party tonight instead of blow it off to work. I know, my life is very glamorous. Somewhere in there is a metaphor for redesigning one’s site. Something about work that happens before you present anything, something about the need to get things in proper shape before you do anything else with them.

And I can’t do anything before I get this other site built, and can’t do anything before I get other work done. Or at least that’s how I think I need to prioritize.

In the mean time, if you have any suggestions or ideas for me I’d be super happy to hear them. Anything you like, or miss, or want, just let me know.

Posted by mia on 08/14 at 11:16 AM

  1. Hmmm… time, yes, it’s squirrelly at best. I haven’t come close to figuring it out yet, but this little sketch had some interesting ideas lurking int:

    “...Most powerful people are on the manager’s schedule. It’s the schedule of command. But there’s another way of using time that’s common among people who make things, like programmers and writers. They generally prefer to use time in units of half a day at least. You can’t write or program well in units of an hour. That’s barely enough time to get started.

    When you’re operating on the maker’s schedule, meetings are a disaster. A single meeting can blow a whole afternoon, by breaking it into two pieces each too small to do anything hard in. Plus you have to remember to go to the meeting. That’s no problem for someone on the manager’s schedule. There’s always something coming on the next hour; the only question is what. But when someone on the maker’s schedule has a meeting, they have to think about it. ...”

    Posted by Colin  on  08/27  at  05:08 PM

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