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Patterns in Web Design

37signals has yet another excellent article out. This one is called An Introduction to Using Patterns in Web Design. Some of it might seem obvious, or even instinctive, if you’ve been doing programming and/or web design for a while. But it’s a really good breakdown of a design process. (found via sidesh0w)

One of these days, I’ll get around to redesigning this site again. I’ve felt for a while now that my sidebar is too cluttered. I want to move some of that information into sub-pages, and open up some whitespace on the page.

About Dougal Campbell

Dougal is a web developer, and a "Developer Emeritus" for the WordPress platform. When he's not coding PHP, Perl, CSS, JavaScript, or whatnot, he spends time with his wife, three children, a dog, and a cat in their Atlanta area home.
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5 Responses to Patterns in Web Design

  1. Matt says:

    Have you played with the new pages functionality yet? I’m redoing my entire site in it.

  2. Not really. In my case, some of my sub-pages are using dynamic PHP. Plus, the pages support has been in pretty heavy flux up until recently. But it looks like Ryan is approaching the final stages, now. I’ll get my static pages converted over at some point.

    My website directory is a total mess. I’ve got tons of files from leftover experiements and backups of older pages lingering around from my past 10 years of web tinkering. So converting some of my static files into the control of WordPress will give me a good excuse to clean things up.

  3. logtar says:

    Very Cool… I did not have anything more eloquent.

  4. joey says:

    my 2 cents on your sidebar. Archives should all be in an archive link; there is a great wordpress archive.php floating around somewhere that is super easy to use. ‘Recent Comments’ should be gone. šŸ™‚ But I think that the most ‘popular posts’ is a great idea. Buttons? Gone. I don’t know why but I always thought of those as tacky even though I have used them in the past. Everyone has them, get rid of them. Do you need the calendar?

    That’s a start! Just my 2 cents, i’d give you more but I can’t afford it. By the way, I like your site, found it over at wordpress of course.

  5. Yes, a lot of stuff will go away from the sidebar, including the vast majority of the buttons (I’ll probably keep RSS links and the “Add to My Yahoo”). The “recent comments” will probably change slightly to highlight “most recently commented posts” rather than the comments themselves.

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