Style: Exotic Fauna

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Mold has been growin on Noscope! It came out of no-where, and slowly infested this place. The hull was all rotten to the core! I barely poked at the surface and the lot fell apart. I knew then that a regular paint-job wouldn’t do.

So I secretly gathered ingredients whose names I had forgotten and whose contents no longer mattered and concocted a potion so sweet that not even a squishee made up entirely of syrup would compare. You’d spit it out you would!

I call it: Exotic Fauna!

29 thoughts on “Style: Exotic Fauna”

  1. This breaks the standard mold very well. Great job.

  2. Stephane says:

    It looks fantastic Joen, I love the color scheme and full-size background. If there was one suggestion I could make, it would be to add just a couple borders in order to divide the content. I feel like right now, the eye loosely moves across the page without any kind of direction. Just a subdued vertical line would probably do the trick.

  3. Joen says:

    Fiercely quick responses! I did not expect that!

    Thanks, to the both of you. I appreciate it.

    I feel like right now, the eye loosely moves across the page without any kind of direction.

    Your point is very valid, and duly noted.

    But I say: to heck with usability and accessability! Gears are in motion, gears that work on creative fuel only.

    Or, to speak normally: I’m tired of making all my things usable, accessible, friendly and welcoming. I want to get a little lost 🙂

  4. Nik says:

    Loving it!

    I?m tired of making all my things usable, accessible, friendly and welcoming. I want to get a little lost 🙂

    Awesome!! I look forward to seeing what’s on the horizon! Go on, get lost! 🙂

  5. Chris says:

    How nice of you to do something crazy to your site and not alert me ahead of time. This really is fucking lovely.

    You’ve taken the “black site” and just gone nuts with the hue change. Working with 3-4 colors is hard. Working in one hue is damn near insanity. Massive kudos.

    Or, to speak normally: I?m tired of making all my things usable, accessible, friendly and welcoming. I want to get a little lost 🙂

    Hear! Hear! Sometimes the buggers just need to take a chance and explore.

    Damn it all! I need to get Canvas working.

  6. Bilal says:

    Looks awesome! Love the colours. 🙂

  7. Levi says:

    Joen, you’ve done it again, this is just fantastic.

    I love the colours and the whole “OMGWTF?” effect you’ve got going on here. I really like how you’ve kept the ties of sanity with the typography and general layout but otherwise have just thrown a big ol’ ball of RANDOM at the page. 🙂

    I like it.

    Keep it up Joen!

  8. Nicole says:

    Oh, that is all kinds of gorgeous! And it’s liquid width, which makes me happy, what with my massive screen resolution. Kudos! Will be very interested to see how it develops.

  9. Jeff says:

    It’s a little harsh on my eyes — but it’s 1:30 am, soooo 😀

    Or, to speak normally: I?m tired of making all my things usable, accessible, friendly and welcoming. I want to get a little lost 🙂

    This sounds vaugely famliar 😉

    The comment area (when not cookied/logged in) could use a little less space between the last input and the text area.

    The comments backgrounds are really nicely picked — very like transparency 🙂

    Finally, I’d make the post titles bigger and bolder 😀

  10. Aarohi Johal says:

    Finally, I?d make the post titles bigger and bolder 😀

    Some while ago, I would have agreed with that but the use of the contrastive shades that you have used produces the same effect.

    A job well done. Inspiring.

  11. Gio says:

    What a treat for the eyes! A very refreshing change indeed 🙂 Congratulations

  12. Joen says:

    Thanks all, for your huge responses! Many new “faces” here, welcome!

    Nik,

    Awesome!! I look forward to seeing what?s on the horizon! Go on, get lost! 🙂

    Glad you’re up for it! I hope to mess things up further!

    Chris,

    You?ve taken the ?black site? and just gone nuts with the hue change. Working with 3-4 colors is hard. Working in one hue is damn near insanity. Massive kudos.

    I thank you.

    To be honest, using one hue in various shades is the easy way out for me. This is one of the darlings I haven’t killed quite yet.

    Damn it all! I need to get Canvas working.

    No stress, yet I can’t wait 🙂

    Levi,

    Thanks.

    OMGWTF

    I was hoping for just that effect. Awesome.

    Nicole,

    And it?s liquid width, which makes me happy, what with my massive screen resolution.

    Glad you noticed it! I’m trying to get some experiences with liquid, it’s something I haven’t worked much with before. I’m dearly missing the min-width CSS class in IE, though… but I can’t be bothered with it’s quirks.

    Jeff,

    It?s a little harsh on my eyes — but it?s 1:30 am, soooo 😀

    Noo, you’re pretty much right on, it is harsh on eyes. I might smooth the white text contrast a bit, but the neon red stays for a while.

    This sounds vaugely famliar 😉

    Indeed 🙂 – I like it!

    The comment area (when not cookied/logged in) could use a little less space between the last input and the text area.

    Good point.

    Finally, I?d make the post titles bigger and bolder 😀

    I thought about it, but I’m not so sure… either they’ll stay this way, or the’ll be MEGA HUGE! That would be fun!

    Aarohi,

    A job well done. Inspiring.

    Thanks.

  13. Brendan says:

    Joen,

    Nice work – very much a design that is fresh and new.. I particularly like the use of multiple layers of imagery to give the layout “depth” — not an easy thing to portray on an essentially 2D surface.

    Someone mentioned above that you need some form of division — I would suggest the same, however slight tweaks to the background layer to “gently” direct the eye would be more successful than hard edges, lines or borders imho.

    Great work. 🙂

  14. Love it!

    The colours and background look great – especially like the blue fauna on the red.

    Nice and different 😀

    The comment box does sure look bright though!

  15. Can’t wait for the pink comment box 🙂

    Nice stuff as always Joen!

  16. Joen says:

    Thanks Ricky.

    Can?t wait for the pink comment box 🙂

    Hehehe, the comment box is not turning pink! While Ricky’s right, I’m not going to change the color. I did warn that your eyes would sting, didn’t I ?

  17. khaled says:

    I’m just absolutely in love with the colour schemes you’ve got going on. I also like that you’re able to build on what you created before, that just brilliant man, lovely stuff.

  18. Looks great indeed. Love the site, you are a big inspiration to many of us.

  19. Chris says:

    you are a big inspiration to many of us.

    Aww, come on. His head is big enough as it is. No more fawning over fauna.

  20. Anonymous says:

    Hey Joen im loving the new layout its certainly unique!

    On a slightly more selfish/offkey note, are you planning to include your old flash changing header with fauna anytime soon or perhaps a guide on how to make it. That was a thing of beauty.

    I’ve seached for guides, sorce, anything but to no avail.

    If not a firm no should finish the search.

    Keep up the great work here and with fauna!

  21. Nicely formulated Joen. You are as much an artist of the visual plateau as you are a linguistic juggler. The combination transform this place into something truly unique. To top it off, I suggest everyone listen to Streamingsoundtracks.com while indulging this exotic fauna. The end result is a magical journey of cinematic proportion. Simply put, epic!

  22. Joen says:

    What an immensely positive feedback to what is essentially a “goddam this Fauna look is everywhere, I have to stand out” act of desperation.

    That said, I did have to kill some darlings to make it work. The header, for instance, was pretty tough for me to kill off… I mean, how will people now find my installments?

    Secondly, I usually box things up, so removing borders and lines was hard for me too. While not overly successful, I think it works.

    Aww, come on. His head is big enough as it is. No more fawning over fauna.

    Har har. Fawning over fauna that’s a good one 🙂

    I agree, btw 🙂

    Anonymous,

    The source for the header will be released at some point. The problem right now is lack of time. No a firm yes, with no date on it.

    Anders old friend, you have a way with words yourself 🙂

    Thanks a lot, I’m proud you could appreciate it!

  23. If you keep stats, it’d be nice to see what effect the missing header really has for your installments.

  24. Joen says:

    Well, not many people visit that section anyway. It’s slightly depressing…

    Stats show that less than 4% visit my installments section, while a whopping 7% a goddamn sidenote detailing some stupid bogus Star Wars info.

    Depressing isn’t it?

  25. Ha! Maybe a “Visit my uber-installments NOW” button in the sidebar would work better…

    …good to know that big-ass-headers are often overlooked (in favour of stupid bogus Star Wars info).

  26. Ramick says:

    Nice skin change. I’m digg’n it. You seem to of lost some field of depth on this one, but it still looks good. Nice refreshing change.

  27. Thom says:

    Wow, I absolutely love it! Great use of color – especially with the splashes of blue.

  28. Joen says:

    James,

    I have an idea I want to try for february, which may help out 🙂

    Ramick,

    Thanks. Yep, a bit of depth has been lost, but this was on my “kill your darlings” list. Don’t underestimate flat stuff 🙂

    Thom,

    Thanks, appreciate it!

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