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Legal Andrew’s Got a New Theme!

You read that right. There’s a brand new face on Legal Andrew: mine! If you’re reading this in an RSS reader, please visit the site to check out the new look. I’ve included a screen shot below.

Here are some improvements that I’m excited to announce:

Better sidebar – I’m hoping the 3-column design will make information more accessible to everyone. I felt bad putting important stuff way down in the footer.

Improved comments – These are much easier to read now. The comments feature alternating styles plus a special highlighted style for comments left by yours truly.

Avatars – Comments now feature MyBlogLog avatars. It should check for a Gravatar, if MyBlogLog comes up empty. Otherwise, you’ll be faceless.

More personal – Since this is my personal blog, branding is important. What better way to promote myself than with my face? Thanks to my wife’s photography skills, I now grace the presence of every page. :)

Orange – This is one of my favorite colors, so I think the theme really screams “me.”

Share This – You’ll notice the standard “Share This” icon and link with every post. You can post any article to a number of sharing sites, as well as send it via email to anyone. I think this is a really handy tool, courtesy of Alex King.

The theme is called Sosuechtig Black. It was actually designed by a Dutch group, so it was a bit tricky to convert some things to English and get everything working. So if you see a random Dutch word somewhere, please let me know.

Alister Cameron inspired my design change with his post about the importance of blog design. He also inspired the face idea; I hope mine is done differently enough to not be merely copying him. I found the theme through a link he posted.

New Theme

What do you think?

I’m pretty pumped about the new design. But you’re what matters. Do you like it? Should I change something? See an error? Please come provide your feedback via a comment, or you can drop me a line.

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13 Responses to “Legal Andrew’s Got a New Theme!”

  1. Andrew I love it! Well done :)

    You wouldn’t believe me if I told you (or maybe you would) that this “peering over the top edge” photo approach was what I originally had in mind to do on my site! In the end I never got around to getting that kind of shot professionally done and worked with what I had, but yours looks awesome.

    From a branding perspective you better really like orange coz it’s going to be your “owned colour” from now on, too :)

    Again, well done.


  2. Andrew Flusche
    April 7th, 2007


    Thanks a ton for your kind words. I was a bit nervous about trying this idea, since I definitely don’t want to be a blatant copier. I’m glad to get positive feedback from you, especially since you inspired the whole shebang.

    I definitely like orange, so I should be safe from the branding perspective. Plus, it stands out from the crowd.

    Thanks for the inspiration and feedback,

  3. Nancy Suchoff
    April 7th, 2007

    Andrew, you Blog Guru, you!

    What a wonderful new look – great colors and layout complement a spark of humor and valuable content for your readers (new and loyal).

    Kudos Maestro

    Nancy Suchoff
    Creative Concierge(sm)

  4. The Genetic Genealogist
    April 7th, 2007

    I think it looks great! The colors are pleasing, the design is bright and vivid, and all the information seems to be right at hand. Congrats on the redesign!

  5. Andrew Flusche
    April 7th, 2007


    I’m glad you like the new design. And I’m glad the humor comes through. I didn’t want to freak people out by staring at them. :)


  6. Andrew Flusche
    April 7th, 2007

    Genetic Genealogist,

    Thanks for your compliment on the design. I’m glad you like it.

    I just checked out your site, and I’m impressed with what you’re doing. On the design topic, your blog is very nice indeed. But you’ve got some fascinating content as well. Genealogy fascinates me, and your work is taking it to a whole new level. Keep up the awesome work!


  7. Washington Esquire
    April 8th, 2007

    I really like the new look. Kee up the good work!

  8. Andrew Flusche
    April 8th, 2007


    I’m glad you like the theme. Thanks for stopping by to comment.


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  10. Owen Cutajar
    April 8th, 2007

    Ohhh .. I think your new design is looking very sharp. I love the header image and your choice of colour scheme. The only suggestion I can give is that you still have loads of available space on your sidebar which you can use.

  11. Andrew Flusche
    April 8th, 2007


    Thanks for the nice comment. As for the sidebar, I’m sure it will change and fill up more over time. I’m always finding widgets and plugins that I want to try. That’s part of the fun of blogging!

    Take care!

  12. Alberta
    April 12th, 2007

    Andrew, I love the freshness of your redesigned blog! If that doesn’t grab your attention, nothing will! I look forward to more of your ponderings which always seem to get my ‘grey matter’ engaged.

  13. Andrew Flusche
    April 12th, 2007


    I’m flattered by your comments. I’m glad you enjoy reading my humble blog, and welcome your suggestions to keep improving.

    Thanks for the comment,

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