New New New Site Design

You Grow Girl redesign

Ladies and gentlemen, children of all ages: please refresh your browsers. I am pleased to report that the site has been redesigned! All of the praise goes directly to Davin Risk who is wholly responsible for the work that has been done so far, including the gorgeous illustrations and hand drawn type.

In the coming weeks we will be making many more changes to the site, some that you will notice (the archives are temporarily unavailable but will be rebuilt shortly) and others that will improve use of the site but will be largely unseen.

Until then, here are some of the changes that have occurred so far:

  • Look and feel.
  • Larger font sizes and overall improved readability.
  • The typefaces used are now coordinated with those that are used in most of my books. In case you care they are Sentinel and Whitney.
  • Larger photos: I have been using larger images for some time in anticipation of the redesign so it’s nice to see the larger images working within the proper context.
  • There is a pared down and responsive mobile version to make reading on cellphones faster and easier.
  • A list of Resource Guides now appear in the right hand column. I will be continuing to add more guides as well as fine tune the section.
  • Posts that are popular right now (mainly new or seasonally relevant) appear on the right hand side.
  • Helpful pages such as the glossary and a huge list of garden tips that date back to the early days of the site (over a decade now) are also available in the sidebar.

UPDATE: And now more noticeable site changes (as of August 30):

  • Bread crumbs located at the top of each post help to better orient you within the site.
  • An updated archive.
  • Font sizes increased.
  • Improved site search.
  • Social media buttons are back at the top of the right side column.
  • Content wide restructuring has taken place and a few top-of-the-site categories have changed (i.e Eat, Dream, and Create). This should make it easier to find projects and older articles, especially recipes.
Gayla Trail
Gayla is a writer, photographer, and former graphic designer with a background in the Fine Arts, cultural criticism, and ecology. She is the author, photographer, and designer of best-selling books on gardening, cooking, and preserving.

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17 thoughts on “New New New Site Design

  1. My eye went zooming into the orange lettered headline.
    I love orange in the garden… Tithonia, Butterflyweed, Zinnias, Dahlias…
    It’s an attention-grabber.
    Looking forward to navigating the new turf.

  2. Gorgeous! Love the fresh new look! It’s like being invited to tea in your garden. (Because I always drink tea when I visit your blog…) :)

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