Weekly Rundown: 01-09-13

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Well, it’s my first weekly rundown of the year! 2013 is already proving to be jam packed! So get comfy, kick back, and let’s begin!

I’ll be talking briefly about my recent redesign for dustn.tv, a new book by Mark Driscoll, Adobe’s recent “doh!” moment, and I’ve got some fresh bits of inspiration.


New Design 2013


I hope you’ve had some time to fully experience the new design on this site. It’s been a little over a week now since I released it into the wild and thus far the feedback has been very positive! I want to go over the reasons, philosophy, and ideas behind the redesign in a more comprehensive post, but here are some things you may or may not have noticed:

  • Everything is meticulously crafted for every screen size possible thanks to [st]‘s responsive framework.
  • Bigger emphasis on imagery to help visually tell the stories and make sharing them more awesome.
  • Bigger everything (for the most part).
  • Good-bye content containers– blog posts are no longer constrained within a box.
  • Sharing is made easy, but won’t get in the way of your reading experience.
  • De-clutterification– getting rid of any unnecessary visual element (still making cuts).

I’ll be writing up a full breakdown of the redesign and giving away more than just some killer design insight… stay tuned!


Who Do You Think You Are?


Mark Driscoll’s new book, Who Do You Think You Are? was released on Tuesday. It’s a book that addresses the biggest challenge we face as human beings. A challenge that is presented to us from birth, accelerated when we become teenagers, and masks itself as we become adults. What’s the challenge I’m talking about? Well I’m glad you asked– the challenge I’m speaking of is the challenge of…

Identity.

From the garden where Adam and Eve were first deceived, the devil’s trick was to confuse our identity. Today, the world is in an identity confusion frenzy. We are bombarded day in and day out with,

  • be like this…
  • be like that…
  • look like her…
  • you are this…
  • if you don’t [this] then you are [that]…
  • this is what you need…
  • and so on.

At the R12 conference, Mark’s talk gave a great preview into what this book would be about. You can check out my notes from there to get a better taste for some of the subject matter. I can tell you this though– it is spot on.

After only reading a handful of chapters thus far, I’m hooked. Mark does a fantastic job of setting the groundwork for diving into this deeply rooted issue. He starts by introducing the problem at it’s core, then introducing the scripture that he’ll be focusing on: ┬áthe book of Ephesians. He gives great insight into the book and it’s author, the Apostle Paul, so as to make sure the reader has a well rooted perspective of what is to come.

I hope to be sharing more about the book in later posts, but I recommend you go grab a copy now. You can find out more about it here.


Adobe #FAIL


Another glorious Adobe #FAIL bomb went off this past week when Adobe allegedly released their CS2 software for free download. The frenzy on downloading that ensued was enough to crash their servers and knock the site out for some time. It wasn’t long before Adobe issued a statement saying that a mistake was made, and their software was not meant to be given freely.

How lame.

Adobe went from “Hero”, to “Are you freaking kidding me?” faster than [insert slightly ironic yet hilarious simile here].

If it were me, I would have just let it go. Let people download it and gain some long-term clout (not to be confused with Klout). That version won’t suffice forever, and eventually those using it seriously will have to upgrade.

What do you think about the whole situation?


Inspiration


 

all art is advertising

“All art is advertising.” A very interesting concept and a well done site. Not surprisingly, it’s nominated for a Webby Award!

 

hand lettering

Beautiful hand lettering. So much respect for those with this skill.


Over to you!


What’s going on in your week? What has inspired you? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below! You can leave a comment by clicking here.

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Comments

  1. Greg says

    Dustin,

    Nice theme design using Standard 3. Props. If you are going to present this child theme to the masses I will be interested. ;) Good work.

  2. Artur says

    I like the design very much, especially the larger font and the space around it. I can’t say the week has been amazing, but it does not have to be. Having time and peace to read a book made it great.

  3. says

    Hey, Dustin! This is my first time on your blog – coming from Jeremy Smith’s “A Call to Arms” post.

    Great design, man! Very clean and easy to navigate.

    Also, I just started reading Mark’s new book the other day. After only reading the first chapter, I can tell it’s going to be an intensely challenging read. Just from the first chapter alone, I was challenged about several things that I may find my identity in that I didn’t even realize! Very challenging about idolatry.

    Looking forward to more great content from your blog in the future. :)

    • says

      Thanks for commenting Rod! I appreciate your compliments!

      I am finding the book to be very challenging. Looking deeper and deeper into the areas in which I may have unknowingly put my identity in something other than Jesus– never easy. I’m glad my wife is going through it with me though. She’s good at helping me see things that I can always see for myself.

  4. says

    Design is clean and minimal enough to work for anyone looking for that ‘blog’ type… looks great and good job with the child theme -> any functional changes? I am a big fan of custom functions (when the template meets all but one or two things)
    Mark’s book is certainly worth the read, his previous ones have proved themselves time and time again, I have added it to the 2013 books to read list!
    All in all Great Job Dustin! RSS added!

    • says

      Thanks Ray! The large majority of the changes made were aesthetic. Lots of attention to detail in media queries to make sure it is optimized for every screen size. Standard does a great job out of the box, but I wanted to take it up a notch (or two). There’s only a few functional things that I changed– and I’ll go into that in my full post about the design. Here’s a brief list:

      – Post format meta data order/display formatting
      – Post format title orientations/display
      – Social Influence widget hard-coding (Google+, RSS and MailChimp numbers)
      – And created a few custom page templates (one example would be http://dustn.co)

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