Welcome to the new, and hopefully improved, Think Critical. As time passes, so do design trends. And at the same time, the constant need for something “new” and “better” is always on the back burner. In the news, I consider many of the voices calling for “new” to be little more than irritating noises looking for another quick-fix pageveiw. Here, I hope that I have done something more meaningful.
In the spring of 2011 when Think Critical began as an experiment during my Spring Break / Surgery Recovery, I knew that if I was going to write for the web that I wanted a simple site. One that was easy to read, that focused on content rather than chrome—and most important—one that represented my personality.
Well, as with most on-going creative endeavors, personality shifts and develops. For a while now, I have been working on the details and adjustments to the site’s new design. I was lucky to find a great starting point with George Dunkley’s Quite Big theme. I’ve made some modifications that I think better reflect the voice here at Think Critical, but without Quite Big, I would have been much longer at work and to far inferior results.
Type is now larger, clearer, and more readable, with greater line spacing and more consistent application of the Typekit fonts I’ve been using for a while now. In addition, the typographic hierarchy is now better differentiated, and I’ve removed some of the noise by eliminating the sidebar. Today, if you want to see what’s happening with me on Twitter, you can do so from my username at the top of the site.
Currently, the only thing missing from the new design that I’d like to add in the near future is search. Previously DuckDuckGo was my choice, and I may stay with them, but Google provides more accurate results on a small site like mine. There are some other alternatives that I have been considering as well. We shall see.
Thank you for visiting the site. Without readers, all of this work goes unseen. Enjoy the new design, and I hope to hear from you either through the default Tumblr channels or on Twitter.