October 17, 2002

The First Person, Probably ...

The First Person, Probably Ever, to Praise My Design Skills: That wouldg a narcissistic day, and since certain people have strong feelings about my choice of photo on this site, I'll quote an excerpt:

Matt does three things right, immediately. He leads with his name in big, bold letters right across the top. He leads with his email address, although I wish that was a mailto link, and he puts his face right there up top for you to see.

Never underestimate the impact of a personal photograph. Personal sites are about people and people have faces. A photograph conveys a sense of fun and intimacy, and that's really what the web is all about.

Michael also objects to the "unfortunate" name.
I hate the term "War Blog." I had a weblog long before this war started and I'll have one long after it ends.
Words are funny, aren't they? (See previous post about Colby Cosh). I used it back then as a wake-up slap in the face ... at least I think I did (what a strange and almost embarrassing jolt to read the first post on this site, which begins "Welcome to War").

OK, enough narcissism for today. Thanks, Michael!

Posted by at October 17, 2002 07:29 PM
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I'm a sucker for whitespace and intimacy.

Give me lots of whitespace so I don't get confused, and write like you're talking to a normal person.

Design elements aside, my real point was to celebrate the intimate, informal nature of weblogs, in contrast to the cold, boring corporate weblogs sponsored by MSNBC.

I can endure any kind of design tragedy, as long as the writing is good. Heather Havrilesky writes in that awful eye-searing 8-point (rigged so you can't adjust it) but her writing is so damn good, I'm willing to deal with it.

Posted by: Michael Duff at October 17, 2002 10:29 PM

And of course, on the day you link this, my weblog is dominated by old-school BBS posturing and gratuitous pics from Helmut Newton.

So much for the moral high ground...

Posted by: Michael Duff at October 17, 2002 10:44 PM

Can I now expect a paycheck for "designing" this site? I promise to give it to Os (nothingspecial.com) as he kindly hosts all this stuff.

To Michael Duff: The e-mail address doesn't go anywhere because it's part of the same gif as the "Matt Welch." All done in Paint Shop Pro (version 1997) in 90 seconds. And that picture ... nobody remembers the details. France, wedding, Cuba ... something like that. Did Barney take the pic?

And I like the photo. It looks nothing like Welch, but somehow it works.

Posted by: Ken Layne at October 18, 2002 01:07 AM

Whoops! I failed to mention that, of course, Ken designed the entire site, Ben Sullivan turned it into a blog, Os hosted it all for free & put up with my ignorance.... My "design" abilities are pretty much limited to reorganizing links on my nav-bar.

Posted by: Matt Welch at October 18, 2002 10:35 AM
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today. Thanks, Michael!

Posted by at October 17, 2002 07:29 PM
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I'm a sucker for whitespace and intimacy.

Give me lots of whitespace so I don't get confused, and write like you're talking to a normal person.

Design elements aside, my real point was to celebrate the intimate, informal nature of weblogs, in contrast to the cold, boring corporate weblogs sponsored by MSNBC.

I can endure any kind of design tragedy, as long as the writing is good. Heather Havrilesky writes in that awful eye-searing 8-point (rigged so you can't adjust it) but her writing is so damn good, I'm willing to deal with it.

Posted by: Michael Duff at October 17, 2002 10:29 PM

And of course, on the day you link this, my weblog is dominated by old-school BBS posturing and gratuitous pics from Helmut Newton.

So much for the moral high ground...

Posted by: Michael Duff at October 17, 2002 10:44 PM

Can I now expect a paycheck for "designing" this site? I promise to give it to Os (nothingspecial.com) as he kindly hosts all this stuff.

To Michael Duff: The e-mail address doesn't go anywhere because it's part of the same gif as the "Matt Welch." All done in Paint Shop Pro (version 1997) in 90 seconds. And that picture ... nobody remembers the details. France, wedding, Cuba ... something like that. Did Barney take the pic?

And I like the photo. It looks nothing like Welch, but somehow it works.

Posted by: Ken Layne at October 18, 2002 01:07 AM

Whoops! I failed to mention that, of course, Ken designed the entire site, Ben Sullivan turned it into a blog, Os hosted it all for free & put up with my ignorance.... My "design" abilities are pretty much limited to reorganizing links on my nav-bar.

Posted by: Matt Welch at October 18, 2002 10:35 AM
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