Anders Norén

The Website Gets a Redesign

I’ve grown increasingly dissatisfied with the state of this site lately. Earlier today, after a couple of weeks of tinkering, I published the latest redesign.

In a little more than three months, I’ll be receiving my bachelor’s degree in media and communications studies at Umeå University. It’s a big step for me. I’ve been comfortable within the sweet embrace of academia for three years, but pretty soon, I’ll say thanks and goodbye and head out into the mythical ”real world”. As the date of my graduation has drawn closer, I’ve grown increasingly dissatisfied with my website. So I got to work. Earlier today, after a couple of weeks of tinkering, I published the latest redesign of andersnoren.se.

I gave the portfolio and the archive page the axe.

So, what’s new? Myriad Pro and Minion Pro have been replaced by the beautiful Adelle Sans, Abril Display and Abril Text, designed by the talented typography duo José Scaglione and Veronika Burian. The dark red used in the last design has been switched to a friendlier hue. I’ve also tried to rely a lot less on large images in the layout, as that was the main bandwidth hog in the last design. Fancy fonts are pretty resource intensive as well, but you’ll pry those away from my cold, dead hands.

As for the structure of the site, I gave the portfolio and the archive page the axe. I realize that it’s a bit backwards to remove the portfolio a couple of months before I’ll start job hunting, but I’m not quite sure how I want to structure it just yet. I’ll probably come back to it in the coming months. As for the archive page, it really served no useful purpose to begin with. Good riddance.

While building the redesign, I spent quite a lot of time listening to the original 1986 recording of the musical Chess. My parents had the remastered CD edition of Chess in their record collection when I was growing up, and I’ve remembered it as one of my favorite album cover designs (as well as a pretty great musical, of course). I decided to include a small easter egg for the album in this theme. You’ll find it here.

I’ve listened to a fair bit of Jesus Christ Superstar as well, but I thought that a 404 page with Jesus on the cross might be a bit much.