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H121: The Week 2 Review

Okay, okay, you're absolutely right, we're in the middle of week 3 right now, but I am obviously catching up!!!

So here are my answers to the week 2 review questions:

Questions about Tracked Blogs

What software do the creators of your tracked blogs use to create those blogs?
  1. D. Keith Robinson uses a heavily customized version of Movable Type for his blog.
  2. Anne van Kesteren switched from Movable Type to WordPress a couple of months ago.
  3. Markus Völkel uses pMachine for blogging.
What is the design (color, layout, etc) of each blog like?
  1. D. Keith Robinson is a genius web-designer. An absolute pro. So his site is one of my favourite designed blogs. The color-scheme, the typo, and these fantastic adornations and the repeating asterisk icons are just great.
  2. Anne van Kesteren talks about Markup and Style. It is a very profound blog and digs deep into specs and XML stuff. The design of his blog is rather raw. Don't know if he wishes to change it (I guess so), cause his previous design (under MT) was a bit more catchy.
  3. Markus Völkel's blog talks about usability. So his blog is one of those minimalistic but user-centered blogs. Typo is big enough to have a comfortable-read (too big for designer's eyes I guess ;). The navigation is clearly structure and the site is well arranged, and he has got that fantastic header image on top. The only thing I don't like is the header typo of "Usability Inside". Maybe that's just me, but I hate Brush Script.
How is the blog organized in terms of links, archives, additional information, and so on?
  1. Asterisk has a lot of information bundled together. But due to its fantastic design and its great archiving system, you never get lost. You can dig into the archives that are structured by date, by category and by recent entries. Besides, D. Keith Robinson chose to offer different RSS feeds. One, that purely syndicates his web-related posts, another one that syndicates posts plus comments, and one full feed, that covers all of his posts.
  2. As I stated above, van Kesterens weblog is really raw. The features offered seem to be straight forward WordPress template features, like Category archives and standard RSS feeds.
  3. Markus Völkel's blog is, even from a design point of view, just like typical pMachine blogs look like. A search function, an archive link and a huge blogroll.

Questions about Your Blog

What's your blog named? How did you choose that name?

My blog is named Minz Meyer's Researchkitchen. I fell in love with that name two years ago, cause it really symbolizes what I am doing here. Experimenting with Webstandards, researching, asking curious questions and explain things. It's my personal laboratory for all this web-related geeky stuff.

What do you envision your blog looking like, in terms of design?

See for yourself. I am pretty close now, I think. I like the idea bringing those "kitchen" comparisons up. even if the general look has nothing to do with webdesign. But learning to cook is like learning webdesign. Try it, find out what harmonizes, get your fingers burned, spoil the soup....those things happen in webdesign either.

Do you want to allow comments on your blog?

Sure, I will. I am not that famous person that can allow him- or herself just to post and be read (a thousand times). Most blogs I am tracking allow comments, and therein lies a lot of additional information. Commuunity makes the web go round. And, besides, lots of my posts are questions though, so how do expect an answer when comments are not allowed?

Posted by Minz Meyer at March 30, 2004, 10:42 PM | To Top

Other ingredients

Minz, I love the "Other Ingredients" and "Add your Ingredients" theme to the comments!

It goes without saying that you are raising the css/graphic elements of the blogosphere. Tasty design!

Posted by: Kelley Bevans at March 31, 2004 03:33 AM | Let Cool (this ingredient)

Looking great Minz! Gonna have to come up with something for the comments buttons though...hmmm...

Test ingredient for preview?
Bake it for post?

Will have to think on this! ;~}

May have to get your help with my blog! Love this!

Posted by: Christine Hudnall at March 31, 2004 11:04 AM | Let Cool (this ingredient)

WOW!! Now THIS is a blog design . . . just gorgeous!! But then I like your work. I found one of your past designs submitted to CSS Zen Garden, namely Samurai, and was soooooooo impressed. Now to get the installation done on my server so I can play with designing too.

This is a very kewl theme . . . keep at it and let me know when it's all done . . . :o)

Posted by: Miss B at April 1, 2004 12:21 AM | Let Cool (this ingredient)

Yes I'm still playing with with my blog . . . just added categories and downloaded and tried Zempt blogging software . . . pretty kewl little proggie.

As you can see, I also successfully linked to two small logo graphics uploaded on my site. Your Samurai design now has me thinking I might like to try background graphics for the banner and nav panels . . . Hmmmmmmmmmmmmm

OK . . . So how DO I get rid of the popup comment windows ~hint, hint~

Posted by: Miss B at April 1, 2004 12:49 AM | Let Cool (this ingredient)

Minz, as always, I am in love with your designs. You rock, my friend.


Posted by: Kynn Bartlett at April 9, 2004 05:32 AM | Let Cool (this ingredient)

Great blog!

Posted by: Phil F. Jackson at August 17, 2004 03:48 PM | Let Cool (this ingredient)