I am taking some sage advice about using my infrequent ‘down time’ to write a lot and parcel it out over time. This is the only reason that I did not immediately write to gush about the new layout you see here in the blog!
As you likely remember, I had been using a portion of a painting by the superlatively talented Christi Belcourt as a header image. As such, the header was stunning and I loved it dearly.
However, I felt it was time to give the blog a new look, and to ensure that the header was original work specifically created for this purpose. Brett Dorrans is a Scottish illustrator and designer with whom I have had the pleasure of working with on a number of design projects. Meaning, he does all the creative difficult stuff, and I get to enjoy the end product.
He worked on the new layout and design in his free time, which is terrible and should be avoided like the plague. It took more time and effort than people not versed in design (such as myself) can possibly imagine, and would have netted him a hefty sum had he charged market price. I provide you with these details in case you are in the kind of profession that experiences high volumes of requests for ‘freebies’. Artists of all backgrounds are definitely in this group, as those of us who are not artists frequently lack any understanding of the work involved and figure you can whip up a masterpiece over coddled eggs and coffee.
I also put these details here to ensure that public shaming may kick in if my own sense of fairness falters down the line, as I fully intend to remunerate the excellent Mr. Dorrans to what extent I can as funds start trickling into my anemic bank account.
So I thank Brett Dorrans heartily for the work he has done, and I very much look forward to working with him again on future (paid) projects. I hope my readers enjoy the new look, and if anyone encounters any bugs with the layout, please let me know.