After many hours of reading about and re-learning CSS (critical; useful; important) and learning how to turn lists into menus I reinvented (mostly) my site. Some things are still very similar, of course (the color scheme, for instance). But the design is changed. (And my design process is somewhat changed as well.)
(I can’t believe I’m doing this much, by the way; I couldn’t even have told you what CSS was back in December.)
You can get to it from my projects page. (You can see the first draft from there, too).
If you can (or know how), disable stylesheets on both versions and compare. Information architecture and design elements are now consistent, semantic, and logical (rather than inconsistent, meaningless, and visual).
Obviously this is still very rough; there’s only two working pages, but you get the basic idea. I’m going to get moving with some background images for headers and site-info, and rework some of the things I’ve already done so they’ll work with this site. I’m also going to try to salvage my original splash page idea, but work it into this design somehow. I dunno; that may not be worth it.
Thoughts on color? Positioning? Etc? Feedback is welcome.