15th of January, 2010

New Hand Drawn Blog Design on Leland.info

Say bye bye to the Simply Minimal theme, and say hello to this new hand-drawn-style blog design on Leland.info. It was designed by Keith Donaldson (including all the custom drawings and icons). It also uses the Pointy font, designed by Pointy Design, for the headings rendered through Cufon. I, of course, coded the design into the WordPress theme you now see on the site.

I’m not sure why, but I’ve been a fan of hand-drawn-style designs lately. After seeing Keith’s hand-drawn icon set (previously linked) I thought I would contact him about making a minimal hand-drawn-style blog design for Leland.info. I think it turned out pretty nice.

By the way, Keith has also designed a number of themes for Theme Lab, including Cool Stripes, Photabulous, and Bravissimo (XHTML/CSS only).

Maybe if enough people like it, I could create a generic version of the theme for release. Love it or hate it? Let me know in the comments. It’s also a work in progress, you may see me adding/removing different things over time.

And yes, I know the social bookmarking icons below the posts don’t work. Do people actually use those anymore? Clicking social bookmarking icons, not the actual social bookmarking sites.

18 thoughts on “New Hand Drawn Blog Design on Leland.info

  1. Anto, 15 Jan 10

    Personally im not a big fan of the hand drawn stuff, but what ever floats your boat :D.

    In saying that, its nice and simple, straight to the point. Hope people like it =)

    1. Leland, 15 Jan 10

      Yeah lol, I wasn’t a big fan either…for some reason I suddenly started liking it though. Thanks for the comment.

  2. Keith, 15 Jan 10

    It’s pretty darn cool seeing something come to life like this :D

  3. The Mighty B, 15 Jan 10

    Shame the smilies are normal WP ones.

    :) :( :D :P (for example)

    Make ‘em hand-drawn, and you’d have no idea it was a normal blog :3

    1. Leland, 16 Jan 10

      Interesting idea. Wonder if there’s a hand-drawn smiley set I could use, and if there’s a way to include them in the theme (to override the default ones).

  4. Andrea_R, 15 Jan 10

    I love it so much I was toying with something like this for my own personal blog – because I doodle and take handwritten notes a LOT, so family would be quite pleased.

  5. Hafiz, 15 Jan 10

    …wow. Totally, honestly loving it. The hand-drawn font is mighty awesome and is a great choice.

  6. Zipo, 15 Jan 10

    Simply brilliant. Keith shows an open mind. This is an excellent use of hand drawn elements to engage a freethinking and/or younger audience.

    We have come to expect websites to look technical to the point of being rubber-stamped. Including hand drawn elements is an easy way for web designers to make their interface more artistic, less technical and more personalized.

    The “doodles” make it feel like a sheet torn out of someone’s school notebook. This makes the site appeal to a more creative audience. Kudos

  7. Omar, 16 Jan 10

    really awesome design and very well coded! Great job both Keith and Leland!

  8. Leland, 16 Jan 10

    Thanks so much for the kind words everyone, glad you all like it!

  9. Zipo, 16 Jan 10

    Just curious, does Keith have a blog? The link doesn’t lead to a blog. It leads to icons. One of which gives an error message: Apache/2.2.14 (Unix) mod_ssl/2.2.14 OpenSSL/0.9.8i DAV/2 mod_auth_passthrough/2.1 mod_bwlimited/1.4 FrontPage/ Server at keithydee.com Port 80. I assume that may have been his blog.

    1. Leland, 17 Jan 10

      I think Keith did have a blog on keithydee.com, but that seems to be gone now.

      Maybe Keith could enlighten us? lol

  10. Keith, 17 Jan 10

    Yeah, I’m just slowly picking up where I left off :D

  11. Zipo, 17 Jan 10

    I wasn’t sure what the problem was. There were many varibles.

    Thank you for that info. =]

  12. Carly, 21 Jan 10

    Love it!! I love anything that looks rough and done by hand.
    One thing: it might just be my computer being stupid, but the comment “send” button has the cool hand drawn “send” but also there is a text “submit” on top of it…

    But it looks great!!

    1. Leland, 21 Jan 10

      Carly, can you let me know what browser and OS you’re using?

      Glad you like it!

  13. Len, 25 Jan 10

    Now this is cool. Probably one of the more unique designs I’ve ever seen.

  14. Daniel Kurdoghlian, 28 Mar 10

    Thumbs up for the design – really like it! :)

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Hey, my name is Leland Fiegel. I'm a web developer. I love WordPress. I write stuff on my blog that you might find useful. That's about it.