I wanted to take a moment to talk about the design of Search-This; its strengths, its weaknesses and get some feedback from you the viewers. What things do you like? What things don’t you like? What would you do differently? Should we add things or remove other things? Please, take a moment and let your opinion be heard.
Search-This is currently being displayed in the CSS design gallery of CSS Remix. That’s the good news. The bad news is that it’s not receiving high marks.
The reality is that when John told me he was going to feature Search-This on CSS Remix I had a sneaking suspicion that it wasn’t going to receive high marks. Search-This is not your typical CSS design. When you look at most of the other sites in the CSS Remix gallery they have big beautiful graphic headers and nice images sprinkled throughout their designs. Search-This was never and will never do that. We are a content site first and foremost. Our content is the driving force behind Search-This. We have some wicked-smart people writing for Search-This and I didn’t want to do anything to take away or distract from what they have to say.
In addition, most all the CSS designed sites you have seen are fixed width. I wanted a liquid design that would fill the entire display of the monitor. Wide screen displays are becoming increasingly popular with high resolutions (I am currently at 1280×1024) and I wanted Search-This to be ahead of the curve. With these new wide screen displays a fixed width design just leaves too much wasted space for my liking.
The nice part about a fixed width site is that is makes design real easy to do. You know exactly how wide to make all your images and you know what your site will look like at all resolutions; it’s a safe design. With a liquid design you have a lot of unknowns and so the design becomes challenging. How do I create something that is visually appealing without getting messed up at 800×600 or 1280×1024 or even higher? It’s a real pickle. Thank God that I had someone like Paul O’Brien on board to help me get the CSS just right. I can be a real picky SOB! I want pixel perfection across all browsers at all resolutions!
So what do you think? Go on just say it, I’m a big boy and can take it