Version 13

The design of the site was updat­ed a few weeks ago, bring­ing the lat­est incar­na­tion of to ver­sion 13. I thought ver­sion 12 was going to be the final design, but I’ve real­ized that things inevitably change in my life, and the site is always ends up being a reflec­tion of those changes. At least it last­ed over a year, which is more than I can say for any of my pre­vi­ous designs.

Clean and clear and under control

After going through a peri­od where I felt shat­tered and began to ques­tion every­thing that was impor­tant to me, I knew I had to rede­fine myself. It made me want to strip every­thing down, and go back to my ultra-min­i­mal­ist roots, while bor­row­ing a few much-loved ele­ments from pre­vi­ous designs such as fine dot­ted lines. All the code has been built from the ground up instead of being based on a pre­vi­ous theme.

Now there’s only one col­umn, with every­thing cen­tered to keep it all nice and sim­ple. This lets me post very large pic­tures, which I’ve real­ly been enjoy­ing late­ly, and some­thing the pre­vi­ous theme had restrict­ed me from doing. The pic­tures scale nice­ly though, so peo­ple with low-res­o­lu­tion mon­i­tors will still be able to see an entire pho­to with­out ever hav­ing to scroll.


One of the biggest changes from any of my pre­vi­ous designs is the use of a non-sys­tem font for body copy. I want­ed to move away from the Helvetica I’ve been using for so long now and give the site a unique feel. I decid­ed on Proxima Nova, which retains human­is­tic pro­por­tions with a some­what geo­met­ric appear­ance. I’m still frus­trat­ing­ly dis­ap­point­ed by the cur­rent state of web typog­ra­phy, so I’ve turned to Typekit to take care of that for me.


  1. The recent­ly trans­for­ma­tion of style gave a vivid­ly def­i­n­i­tion of what is the beau­ty of sim­plic­i­ty, and the read­ers include me will even­tu­al­ly enjoy it and learn a lot from it.
    Perhaps dur­ing the strug­gled process of reha­bil­i­ta­tion the mind of peo­ple could grad­u­al­ly changed–value phys­i­cal and emo­tion­al healthy, love friends, have good nutri­tion, keep productivity,etc. It is good to see that this web­site reflects true mean­ing in your per­son­al life.
    Admittedly, the style, the func­tion and all the con­tents are very impressed, I ranked it among my top 10 favourate blogs, the rest are post­ed by world famous blog­gers such as Jeff Atwood , Paul gra­ham and Leo Babauta which I read them reli­gious­ly.

    • Thanks very much for the feed­back, it’s inter­est­ing to see that I’m grouped with peo­ple like Atwood, Graham, and Babauta, who are very dif­fer­ent writ­ers from myself, not just in style but in sub­ject mat­ter.

  2. AMEN to hav­ing large, scaleable pic­tures. I can nev­er get pic­tures large or clear enough for my taste, and it’s a joy when I find a site that has them. Particularly your pic­tures, which are so full of atmos­phere, light, nature.… things I like to rev­el in visu­al­ly. I per­son­al­ly would crave some hint of back­ground col­or, but that would make things more dif­fi­cult for pre­sent­ing pho­tos, to be sure. And I know that min­i­mal­ism is SO your thing.

    Nice look!

    • My taste has recent­ly moved to larg­er pho­tos as well, ones that scale as big as the mon­i­tor or brows­er win­dow. There’s some­thing about them that’s so strik­ing, as if you can fall into them, and all the lit­tle details come out very well.

      I was con­sid­er­ing a black back­ground instead, cause that would have made the pic­tures pop out more, but the white just seemed to fit bet­ter with my cur­rent mind­set.

  3. Simply beau­ti­ful! I have noth­ing else to add.

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