When I first created this look in 2002, the reactions I got surprised me. In the 10 years since then I’ve learned a lot about what people expect, how we connect, and where the two cross over—and that, sometimes, they don’t.
It all started with Dr. Seuss.
(Note: Since you’re reading this after the Great Redesign of 20120210 you won’t see the Solla Sollew theme any more.)
My favorite Dr. Seuss book, and one of my favorite books, period, is I Had Trouble in Getting to Solla Sollew. It was given to my older brother in 1965; I got Fox in Sox. When I was old enough to understand the message of Solla Sollew I realised how much I needed that message: trying to avoid life’s problems simply creates more problems; better to go forth and conquer than to live the disappointing dream.
Theodore Seuss Giesel wasn’t one to shy away from bright colors. Okay, garish bold intense colors. In about about facing fear, it feels right that the colors are bold, unafraid.
The web is filled with subtlety; graceful quiet colors blending taupes and mauves with dove grey. It’s beautiful. I love graceful subtlety.
But my real personality is closer to bold intensity.
Back when I first created the look, I wasn’t ready for the shocked dismay that met my artistic endeavour. I took the negative reactions personally. I’ve learned since then that those who don’t connect with my writing (non-fiction, fiction, music) and other arts aren’t wrong—but neither was I. We just didn’t connect, this time, this place. Like it or not, this website looks like I think and feel.
I also took a lot of grief over my choice of a font that looked like it came from an old typewriter.
On the web, code has traditionally displayed using a monospace, typewriter-ish font. I’m a coder at heart, so I chose Courier for my logo. It made sense to extend it to the whole website.
What if I Told You That’s WordPress You’re Soaking In?
WordPress sites so often look, well, WordPress-y. Even the websites for some of my business books are clearly the default WordPress theme, lightly customise. It’s okay in some circumstances, but sometimes you want to break out and dance on the tables. Metaphorically, I mean.
This layout stretches WordPress almost to the breaking point. I’ve taken some coding liberties which I intend to tidy as time goes by. But this certainly isn’t your father’s WordPress.
Don’t Be Frightened
If you’d like a website which suits your personality, we can build it, and we can use WordPress so you get the benefits of its robust toolset. It doesn’t have to be Dr. Seuss garish; it can look any way you want.
That, in fact, is the whole point.