Theresa O’Connor

Site refresh

I’m pretty happy with how my recent site refresh has gone. I think the site looks much more fresh & professional.


I bumped my base type size (back) up to 16pt — using the browser default makes the various em-based size frobbing a little easier, and generally I prefer medium-sized text to really small stuff.

I tried very hard to use only measured intervals of vertical space, though in some cases (images, most notably), I fall a little short of that goal.

I’d long used Lucida Grande as my typeface for headings and body text (with Gill Sans for some secondary text) and it was time for a change. I decided to try to find a serif for headings, and a different sans-serif for body text.

I’m now using Goudy Old Style (falling back to Garamond) for headings. I think it feels really nice at larger sizes. I’m also using it for blockquotes, to set them off from the surrounding text. This helps to give the impression of a different voice (example).

I’m using Geneva for body text — this one I'm less sure of, but I’m going to go with it for now and see how it looks.


The biggest change in the color department is of links — after several years of blue links (excepting occasional forays into light-on-dark), I’ve gone with a muted red, with kottke-style bottom borders instead of underlining.

I removed the explicit microformat styling I’ve been using since September — with increasing adoption of Operator, it seemed like overkill.

Anyway, what do you think of the newish look? Here’s a shot of the previous home page for comparison.