Every now again I’ll get busy with a design refresh of Blog.SpoonGraphics. I’m proud to release this latest version (V5), along with some extra cool features I’m looking forward to developing. As many people know, this blog has been around since April 2007, let’s take a look at what’s new!
(Another) Design refresh
I just can’t help getting bored with the design of my own sites, and sooner or later I’ll get the urge to rebuild the whole theme from scratch. The last update was back in December 08, so that version lasted the whole year. Nowadays the redesigns are more like design refreshes, as they retain the main layout, colour scheme and the famous header illustration. Here’s how it’s changed over the year:
So what’s new in this version? Well, I took the design right back to the PSD concept and rebuilt the design and theme with a few extra little touches of detail. Little things like the background texture and the revised colours of the header illustration are amongst the changes.
I’ve also added some extra little touches in the form of header strips that run behind the main article images, and beneath certain page headers to help spice up the page and separate content into clear sections.
The about page here on Blog.SpoonGraphics has always been a kind of after-thought. So this time I’ve spent some time working on the page design itself, adding some extra imagery and content in there.
New Members Only Section
Over the past few months I’ve been laying out plans to extend the site into an additional members-only section to run alongside the usual free content I publish each week. After lots of development I’m proud to finally release the Blog.SpoonGraphics Access All Areas membership scheme. As a member, you’ll gain access to exclusive members-only tutorials, premium files & resources and a stack of discounts for some awesome design related products. Not to forget the ability to download the source files from select tutorials.
At $7 (~£4.30/€4.80) I’ve aimed to make it super value for money, so that members can easily make back their membership cost in seconds. To kick start the Access All Areas section, I’ve released a premium WordPress theme. With a name of Retrospective it’s built around one of my favourite styles of design, so I hope there’s a bunch of you who can find a good use for it!
Keep an eye out for the upcoming premium content, there’s stacks of discount coupons for some awesome design related products and services that I’ll be publishing over the next few weeks, and I’ve got a few ideas for some handy design tutorials and resources.
Sound good? Find out more about Access All Areas, or if you’re sold already, go ahead and join.