Hi, and welcome to a slightly modified Collective Inkwell.
You’ll notice that the black background that was behind the content is now a bit lighter and, we hope, easier on the eyes.
While we both LOVE the original background, and particularly the way the cream colored bolds and the orange links popped off the page, many readers said they had difficulty reading light text on black. So, we listened and made the change. Since words are 90% of what we do here, we feel you ought to be able to read them as easily as possible.
We’d love to hear what you think of the new colors and anything else you like or don’t like about Collective Inkwell. This is Version 1.2 of a site that, if my track record of frequently re-designing my sites stays true, will be just one of several.
I have a few thoughts on what I would like to change here, but I’d like your opinions, also. While this is our home we’d like to think of it also as your home and we want you to feel comfortable. No, we’re not installing a bar. Not before the indoor swimming pool, anyway.
For those who wonder about such things, the site design you see in front of you was one of the first ones I came up with during the planning stages. Close to launch, I started reconsidering the darkness of the theme and almost went with an almost all white, ultra clean look. Who knows, I may still elect to go that way. However, Sean and his lovely wife, Cindy, both convinced me that the darker theme was much better.
(Edit: Thanks for the feedback on the text and background! We have since changed the background from the light gray to a slightly darker one, and returned the text to a lighter one. We hope this is a decent compromise and provides for easier reading than the light text on a completely black background. If not, we will continue to tweak until we (and you) are satisfied.)
(Second Edit: After much thought, we have gone back to black. However, we have used a gray text, rather than a brighter, almost white text, which we hope increases readability. We’ve also increased the font size from 14 pt. to 15 pt. to help in ease of reading. We will continue exploring options to achieve the best appearance and function.)
Some of the other things we’d like to know:
Would you prefer more frequent but shorter posts?
Do you enjoy reading Available Darkness on Friday or would you prefer another day?
If we set up a separate Twitter account, what would you most like to see us tweet about?
So, feel free to leave a comment below, or email us at collectiveinkwell (at) gmail.com