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September 22, 2003
A new look

I know what you're thinking. You had no warning of this. But yes, this is same old Brian's Education Blog, but revamped, twenty-first century-ised, blah blah blah. I hope you like it.

I didn't design it myself. That was done by this guy, heckled by me. There will probably be further changes here in the next few days, and the stuff to the right still needs to be looked at, updated, and rearranged. But the basic structure is now fixed. Vent at will in the comments, but it is unlikely to change much.

The reason I gave you no warning of this transformation is that if I had flagged it up beforehand, and if it had then been delayed, but if I had then kept on saying it's coming it's coming, that would have been undignified. There would have been jeers from the back of the class. Better, I thought, to let the change come in its own sweet time, and then say yes, it has changed hasn't it?, well spotted.

If you want my further thoughts on blog design, stay tuned to my Culture Blog, where I'll no doubt have things to say about this, and which is likewise going to get a makeover Real Soon Now.

As for the importance of design to the educational process, I think that if you have to choose between good teachers in a badly designed school and bad teachers and a well designed school, go with the good teachers. The blog equivalent is that there is no substitute for good stuff. Although, it is an interesting question how much effect good design in a school might have on getting good teachers for it, and in allowing them to teach better than they otherwise might. Discuss, if you feel inclined.

That's it for now. I just wanted you all to know that the universe is still in the same place as it was, despite any appearances here to the contrary.

Posted by Brian Micklethwait at 02:11 AM
Category: This Blog

Just looking to see how the comments are looking. Looking good, I think.

Comment by: Brian Micklethwait on September 22, 2003 10:47 AM

OKay, so you were talked in to keeping the enhanced photo of part of your face. I think it is kind of cool. Is the plan for the culture blog to go for something similar but with different colours, or a different picture but the same general structure, or what.

Comment by: MIchael Jennings on September 22, 2003 11:55 AM

Sorry, I don't like the new look.

I'll keep coming back anyway.

Comment by: Matt on September 22, 2003 02:22 PM


You can't please everyone, so sorry, but glad you want to go on reading.


Identical physical layout, very different and much lighter colours. Different photo.

Comment by: Brian Micklethwait on September 22, 2003 02:32 PM

Looks good -- except the font is rather small -- or is that my fault for being set at 1400 x 1050? (or for having aging eyes?)

Comment by: Jim on September 22, 2003 05:56 PM

Never mind, it's my settings... I usually use a different machine to read blogs, etc...

Anyway, I do like the new design -- not 100% sold on the color (or the colour) but the design looks good.

Comment by: Jim on September 22, 2003 06:03 PM

Like Jim, I like the overall design, but am not sold on the color.

Comment by: Jonathan Wilde on September 22, 2003 07:46 PM

Yes, very nice. Far better than what that other bloke came up with.

Comment by: Patrick Crozier on September 22, 2003 09:33 PM

It all looks rather swank, well done to both you and Mr Frogman.

Comment by: Scott Wickstein on September 23, 2003 04:26 AM

Oooooh very posh!

Comment by: HEHD on September 23, 2003 11:07 PM

Hi folks

This is me just tesing out the comments system. Ignore this.

Comment by: Brian Micklethwait on September 26, 2003 12:41 PM

Me again

And it seems to be working better.

Earlier, you were getting back to a garbled version of the original posting.

Which wasn't nice.

Comment by: Brian Micklethwait on September 26, 2003 12:41 PM
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