I'm a Christian, a designer, and a gadget fan who lives in Cheltenham, UK.

This is my blog, a creative outlet to mess around and play with as well as a place that logs my thoughts and inspirations.

Official Re-design

I’m call­ing this ver­sion 5.0 of Elec­tric Week­end even though I’ve been through a few dif­fer­ent sets of clothes in the past. Although it is not a theme I have cod­ed entire­ly myself, but a mod­i­fied ver­sion of Depo Clean, I’m still real­ly pleased with it. I’ve altered added and changed a fair amount of things, had to work out how to achieve var­i­ous dif­fer­ent things and real­ly expand­ed my knowl­edge of PHP and CSS to the extent where it cer­tain­ly feels like my own theme and not a stock one.
So why the new skin?
Well, two things caused me to re-do my blog. The first was being hacked and the upgrade to ver­sion 2.2 of Word­Press. The upgrade broke the theme I had run­ning which was a slight­ly skinned ver­sion of K2, and whilst there was a fix about, I want­ed some­thing that I could call mine and was less obvi­ous­ly a Word­Press blog. In the mean time I chose a quick theme mod­ded it slight­ly and you have been see­ing that for the past few weeks. That slight mod was always going to be a stand in and as a result I had to real­ly think about re-design­ing.
The sec­ond cause for the re-design was my grad­u­a­tion from Uni. The next few weeks and in fact the last cou­ple as well, will result in me send­ing off stuff to stu­dios, attend­ing exhi­bi­tions and just gen­er­al­ly try­ing to get a job. Now, for quite a while I have been top of the Google search for Phil Bow­ell, so I want­ed my blog to be some­where that I was pleased to own and that I did­n’t mind indus­try peo­ple view­ing. With that in mind there are a cou­ple of new bits to the site.
So what’s new?
The most sig­nif­i­cant new sec­tion of the site is the addi­tion of a port­fo­lio page. It cur­rent­ly has two projects on it, but a cou­ple more will be com­ing in the next few weeks. This has been added for two rea­sons. One being if peo­ple from stu­dios find this hum­ble bit of the inter­net it has some work on as a con­fir­ma­tion they have found the right Phil Bow­ell. The sec­ond is that until I find a job in a stu­dio I am look­ing to pick up as much free­lance work as I can, so I need­ed to have some­where I could show off some of my stuff. I did intend on buy­ing philbowell.com but decid­ed rather than try and drum up vis­i­tors for a fresh site, I should utilise the por­tal I have here, incase one of my many sub­scribers wants some design work doing or knows of some­one who does. As an exten­sion to this I have seper­at­ed the about page and con­tact page, so it’s even eas­i­er for peo­ple to get in con­tact with me.
The archives page has also been altered. I used to run the Extend­ed Live Archives plu­g­in on my blog, but for quite a while I’ve want­ed to change that. Thank­ful­ly I found a much clean­er and sim­pler archives plu­g­in which isn’t as com­pli­cat­ed as the ELA were. Please drop me some feed­back about it.
The about page has also received a bit of a revi­sion. I’ve updat­ed the con­tent of it, which to be hon­est I think has been there for a year and was quite out of date. There is one thing which I want to add to it, a pic­ture of me, but I haven’t yet found a suit­able image so I might have to get some­thing tak­en spe­cial­ly for this place.
Is that every­thing?
I think that just about cov­ers every­thing. I hope you like it, I do and I feel quite pleased to final­ly have some­thing a bit more last­ing in place.

30 responses

  1. I real­ly like what you have done with the place; I espe­cial­ly like your port­fo­lio page and the designs inside it! I think that they’re cool!
    I think that the archives are real­ly good too, they make it nice, neat and order­ly, plus they look cool at the same time.
    But yeah, all told, great job with the place, I real­ly like it

  2. I real­ly like what you have done with the place; I espe­cial­ly like your port­fo­lio page and the designs inside it! I think that they’re cool!
    I think that the archives are real­ly good too, they make it nice, neat and order­ly, plus they look cool at the same time.
    But yeah, all told, great job with the place, I real­ly like it

  3. Cheers Phil I will look into get­ting that. Although my Google Sitemap plu­g­in kind of does the same job, but it isn’t as fan­cy as the archives plu­g­in lol.

  4. Cheers Phil I will look into get­ting that. Although my Google Sitemap plu­g­in kind of does the same job, but it isn’t as fan­cy as the archives plu­g­in lol.

  5. @Nick, I only recent­ly found that quote, but I felt it sums up the way I design per­fect­ly! Depo is a great theme and a great basis to build a design on.
    @Rabsteen, thanks, glad you like it.

  6. @Nick, I only recent­ly found that quote, but I felt it sums up the way I design per­fect­ly! Depo is a great theme and a great basis to build a design on.
    @Rabsteen, thanks, glad you like it.

  7. Thanks Ben!
    I’ve actu­al­ly just noticed and error on the flickr images, in Fire­fox they have a dark bor­der around the grey but I don’t know why! Any ideas?

  8. Thanks Ben!
    I’ve actu­al­ly just noticed and error on the flickr images, in Fire­fox they have a dark bor­der around the grey but I don’t know why! Any ideas?

  9. Look at this line here:
    .flickr img {
    width: 80px;
    height: 80px;
    mar­gin: 1px 5px;
    padding: 5px;
    back­ground: #ddd;
    }
    If you get rid of the padding: 5px; and the back­ground: #ddd; you should be good to go.

  10. Look at this line here:
    .flickr img {
    width: 80px;
    height: 80px;
    mar­gin: 1px 5px;
    padding: 5px;
    back­ground: #ddd;
    }
    If you get rid of the padding: 5px; and the back­ground: #ddd; you should be good to go.

  11. Hey Phil,
    Great site. Love the clean look.
    I was won­der­ing if you could help me add the bot­tom columns to my theme which is a mod of Grid Focus. You can see that I’ve tried to do it through adding a table, but it looks… well, piti­ful. If you’ve no time, no prob­lem!

  12. Hey Phil,
    Great site. Love the clean look.
    I was won­der­ing if you could help me add the bot­tom columns to my theme which is a mod of Grid Focus. You can see that I’ve tried to do it through adding a table, but it looks… well, piti­ful. If you’ve no time, no prob­lem!

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