|Windows 8 Metro | Source: 4sysops|
Okay, what are the ways by which a website or a blog can add value to you? What kind of website do you like? Some place with multiple ad units, cluttered information, overflowing social sharing buttons? Right now, I can think of Yahoo and feel Times of India is also catching up fast in this league. Or, would you like to see some website which is clean, have an intuitive interface and is self-explanatory, like Google for search and twitter for social networks? I'm sure you'll choose the latter. We all love simple things in our lives and translate that experience into the digital landscape - we like simple, clean websites which focus on good content. Such websites will eventually shine in the long run and have a respectable share of visitors traffic coming from organic search (primarily, google). I've been reading a lot on the future of the web and understood that in the coming years, the font style and size of the website will matter a lot. There was a Design expert who questioned that why do we have small fonts and force users to shrink their eyeballs into the white screen? Why can't we have easy big fonts so one can read in comfort? I kind of liked the argument and that's one of the main reasons you see the new website design right now! Bigger fonts. Like anything, it may catch up or go away into junk, but for now I've adopted this idea and am a part of the experiment of those category of folks who want to make the web a better place and provide you a better, pleasing experience. So, I will focus on writing more stuff which will add value to you in some way or the other through good content and the new fonts style may help achieve this cause. Well, I hope so.
|Windows 8 Metro Style Sidebar|
I had tweeted on September 22 when I was in the process of conceptualizing the Metro Style sidebar for the new design:
The @windows 8 Metro style has inspired me a lot. Gona show something that I've been building on the same concept. Simple coding. :)
— Arif Khan (@arifkhan7) September 22, 2012
Today, on September 24, Windows replied to my tweet (I always tell they listen!):
@arifkhan7 That's great, Arif! We'd love to check out what you're building.
— Windows (@Windows) September 24, 2012
And it was fun to see to some gentleman add on top of that! haha
@arifkhan7 that's good....so ur our future Steve Job:D
— Pathan imran (@Imran552) September 24, 2012
Along with a focus on content and design, I also scanned through at least 300 blogger templates to arrive at this responsive template which basically means that it can adapt to any screen, whether you're viewing on a desktop, on your smartphone, or on your tablet/iPad. It auto-resizes to ensure the website feel is rich and intact. Responsive websites are definitely the future of web. I don't know which blog has tried this all this packed in one, but for now I'm enjoying this new responsive design with a simple, clean look inspired by Windows 8 Metro look! It's only when you readers give me feedback that I feel the effort was worth. One of the regulars at maktion, Mr. Sumit Chakraborty had once tweeted the following feedback which pretty much sums up my intention of spending time and effort on maktion. In the end, it should add value to you.
I like @arifkhan7 (Arif Khan) blog. Easy to understand and I can refer them to others without any hesitation. Most importantly I can comment
— Sumit Chakraborty (@scdelhi) August 16, 2012
I hope you like this post which narrates the how and why of the new design and would love to hear your feedback in the comment section below.
Till next time,
Ideate, experiment, implement,