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9rules Blog Redesign

Whew, it’s up.

Colin and I have been busting our tails this past week with the 9rules Weblog design, and finally it’s up and poppin’. Some details about the design:

It’s not done yet. I’m a pretty strong perfectionist, so seeing unstyled links floating around the design usually makes my eyes twitch uncontrollably, but for now it’s cool. We’ve got bigger fish to fry, but we’ll definitely be coming back and working all the kinks out this coming week.

The icons are really hot. My illustration/pixel skillz only take me so far, so when that part of my skillset ran out, I turned to Paul Jarvis and his amazing twotiny icon set. I customized some stuff here and there (the blown up magnifying glass search icon, etc.) but basically I stood on his shoulders. And if you use this magical link you get to buy the whole set for only $50 USD. Cheap!

The RSS feed for each post. I’m an MT guy, so RSS feeds per post is a somewhat magical and foreign land to me, but it definitely rocks. Colin usually waves his hands and makes some custom 9rules functionality appear out of thin air, so I’m probably not the guy to ask about the crazy stuff going on behind the scenes. But believe me, it’s crazy. Think of regular RSS feeds as a slice of plain cheesecake. Then think of 9rules RSS feeds as the whole damn pie with 6lbs of strawberries and blueberries on top. Yeah, it’s that good, just wait and see what we’ve got in store.

What do you guys think? Keep in mind that it’s only about 90% right now, so goofy IA issues and unstyled links may be periodically dropping on your heads so be careful.