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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