The Design Is Live

Mon, 2008-04-28 00:38

I think my latest project was the hardest thing I have done since I first started learning my way around CSS. I am still tweaking it a bit, but you can take a look if you like. It is for the Blue Ridge Women In Agriculture. No, that's not my design, I just plugged it into Drupal. I have converted designs into Drupal themes before, but never one that was so table intensive with graphics sliced to fit the cells. I basically had to take a screenshot and start from there. The lady who created the design is obviously quite talented and I hope the changes I made to make the design fit are not too offensive to her.

I made the site over from scratch at least three times. I did not have the guts to make the big changes until I had proven that there was no other way. Maybe next time I will know to do what I know has to be done. I can always add stuff later.

Not to build two new sites, a MySpace clone and a shopping cart. It will be refreshing to try something relatively easy.

I am also going to the dentist. Even geeks have to go in for maintenance once in a while.

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I like the way it turned

Mon, 2008-04-28 04:01
The Dude Dean's picture

I like the way it turned out.


Mon, 2008-04-28 09:51

Hope they do too. Smiling

Very nice

Tue, 2008-04-29 06:40
BryanSD's picture


Very nice design. Out of curiosity, how long did it take you to build the site? I spend way too much time tweaking sites that I wonder if I could be wiser with my time.


I measure in days

Tue, 2008-04-29 11:12

I am able to keep track of my time when I need to, but mostly I just start on something and work on it until I drop/start something else.

This took about four days, and I worked pretty steady. Long 2am days. The first was mostly experimentation/fact finding. This was when I tried to just use the design the way it was presented to me, or with only minor modifications. The original is here if you would like to compare.

The second day I dumped the tables altogether and worked on getting the drop shadow and the background to line up. You can see what I mean in the original, there is just a little waver in the stripe in places. I think I got it about that good, but was not happy.

I skipped a few days here.

Here I started over from scratch, lost the drop shadow, and made the graphics as simple as possible. I spent a long day getting the CSS to line everything up. I have a lot of negative margins in there.

The fourth day was easy, I uploaded it to the site and adjusted Drupal to work with it. This could not have been possible in the days before you could use a separate admin theme. Or at least not as fun.

I still may style the text some more, and I haven't worked on the photo album any.

I would guess I have 40 hours in it so far, with about 20 completely wasted.


Sun, 2008-05-04 01:51
raj's picture

wanna blogroll?


Sun, 2008-05-04 22:02

I am proud to link to you. Great looking site. I hope you find it as rewarding as this one has been for me.

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