Welcome to the redesigned Wire to the Ear.


Welcome to the newly redesigned Wire to the Ear. My love for Helvetica shines brightly in this new incarnation of my all things pro-audio blog. The Swiss fonts are large and images are boldly framed in black. The signature blue from the old blog has been adjusted to be a bit richer and so has the yellow used for my authored comments. A cleaner Flickr slideshow replaces the old grid widget in the sidebar. Vimeo replaces the blip.tv video widget. I’ve zapped a few old elements that were out dated or unused (Delicious bookmarks) and advertisements that were under performing. If you read this blog in Google Reader hit Command-V and take a look at our new paint job. By the way you can find me many other places around the web. To see a list of such haunts head to: oliverchesler.com

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Oliver Chesler

"Hello my name is Oliver and I'm going to tell you a story." I have been recording music since 1989 under the name The Horrorist. I have released over 60 singles and 4 full length albums. To hear my music please go to: thehorrorist.com

18 thoughts on “Welcome to the redesigned Wire to the Ear.”

  1. fyi: i am getting a flash security error. (might only show up with the flash developer’s version for debugging installed). here is:

    SecurityError: Error #2122: Security sandbox violation: LoaderInfo.content: http://www.sonicstate.com/video/hd/HDplayer.swf cannot access http://flashharry.sonicftp.com/vid_thumbs/lims09_shadow_3products00000002.jpg. A policy file is required, but the checkPolicyFile flag was not set when this media was loaded.
    at flash.display::LoaderInfo/get content()
    at HDplayer_fla::MainTimeline/onThumbImgLoaded()

  2. i like in fact we just had recent helvetica discussion as it was not on my pc and our last flyer. i will say the subject lines are really big if you could drop it a size or two it my making easier on the brain a little bit intense.

    1. I’ve got rubbish vision, so the clarity in the new design is great. The new colours are bold, the use of space is appealing. I agree with Doc about the headings being over-large: even tho’ my browser was set nearly 1000px high, when first loading the new site I couldn’t see any article text and thought you’d been replaced entirely by advertising. I find the top banner similarly distracting.

      the content looks great tho :-)

  3. I agree with Doc about the post titles being too big. I’d recommend dropping them from 4.65em to about 3.2em. Whatever it takes to get all of your titles on 2 lines at the most.

    Other than that, I appreciate the design’s bold feel and high contrast.

  4. Hi Oliver, it seems something messed up your new font sizes. On my Mac, not even the site banner and first headline and teaser fit on a 22 inch monitor! For reasonable font sizes I need to decrease it once (command minus) and then still the headlines are huuuge and the site is extremely difficult to read.

    The styles are fine, but IMO you need to review the sizes.

    1. Good idea. I was playing around with the space above the blue header and wasn’t happy if it didn’t equal the side white space but your idea is good… I’m going to get to that this weekend. Thanks.

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