Posted May 26, 2004 in Design.


Dave's new visual design has good points, but it also has bad points too. There are a lot of interesting things going on, but there is a sense of clutter about it all. The text is easier to read, but it's semi-fluid design seems to leave orphaned spaces that I don't like. The redesigned logo is nice, but it is lost in the odd banner. isn't really blue anymore, is it?

How Mezzoblue looks isn't all that important. What matters is the great stuff that Dave Shea writes. There is no question about his talent, and I respect everything he says. I just think that with the new visual design of his site, he has gone just a wee bit radical for my taste.

Perhaps I'll get used to it.


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    But Simon, the big question is...what do you think of the color coded commenting system? I'm interested in your take on it.

    Posted by Todd on May 26, 2004.

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    I like to see Dave's own comments highlighted - that is a fabulous idea that I would like to integrate into any future redesign of my own.

    I do not like the other highlighting very much. I believe it is rather derogatory. I just delete troll posts, for example. Leaving them there for all to see seems silly to me.

    I will certainly be incorporating XFN into any future comments system, but I doubt I'll be using it as some kind of elitist ranking system.

    Posted by Simon Jessey on May 26, 2004.

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    I agree with you that the highlighting of the author's post is a nice touch. As for the other highlights, I still haven't decided if I like it or not.

    Guess I'll know when I make a post and it's deemed "not worthy of highlighting".

    Posted by Todd on May 26, 2004.

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    Shea has done better. The new Mezzoblue is quite ugly. I do not know, but something tells me it is far from being finished...

    Posted by David Collantes on May 26, 2004.

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    Perhaps you are right, David. Ultimately, it is Dave's site to do with as he pleases. I'm sure there are many people who don't like the visual design (or lack thereof) of this site either :)

    Posted by Simon Jessey on May 26, 2004.