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This Valentine's Day post in my new blog took me all day to do. Seriously. It would be lovely if someone would go look at it. And maybe let me know that they'd seen it. It's got a link to a new resource page I made:
My handy-dandy gender-neutral, relationship-style-neutral Love Languages quiz.

Still plugging away at learning the software. BTW, changing the background (to put a white box over the chart graphic, to make the text area easier to read) doesn't require learning the Wordpress software--it requires learning the DREAMHOST software. I haven't even seriously begun to work at that.

Date: 2011-02-15 03:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] wcg.livejournal.com
I just read it. (Found your mention of it on FB, went and looked, and then came here to leave a comment.)

Date: 2011-02-15 08:25 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dawnd.livejournal.com
Thanks, Bill. :^)

Date: 2011-02-16 08:17 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jensolo.livejournal.com
I like all the links, and that they open in different windows to the host window (drives me mad when I forget to go backwards to the original page and just close it).

The second and third paragraphs are just restating the first paragraph. It makes the first paragraph sound like a headline blurb which should have been in italics or used as a lead-in from somewhere else.

I like the Five Love Languages quiz.

Date: 2011-02-16 10:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dawnd.livejournal.com
Yeah, the first paragraph is designed to be the leader. I'd originally tried to cut after that paragraph, but it didn't seem to work out well. You think it would play better if I just put it in italics? Hmmm.

I liked the colors in that card (from OTC--I link the illustration to the ecard page), and used them in the rest of the entry. What do you think about those colors?

Date: 2011-02-17 02:20 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jensolo.livejournal.com
The colors are fine but you should change it so "Gifts" is on the top line and "Words of Affirmation" the next line, that way it's not broken up.

Date: 2011-02-17 02:22 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jensolo.livejournal.com
Actually I take that back. The color for Gifts is too similar to Words of Affirmation and recedes in importance next to Physical Touch, which is a much brighter bolder color.

Date: 2011-02-17 02:37 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dawnd.livejournal.com
It's hard to make the "yellow" color NOT recede, but still show up on the page. Ideas? In the card, they deal with it by outlining the hearts. Would the blue-grey color be better? I'd be afraid that would be even more dull.

And I specifically broke the Words of Affirmation up to get the two lines to be the same length AND have an attractive arrangement of the hearts. I could play with it some more, I guess, but I think I have other things I need to do more. If it entertains you to play with it, go ahead. :^D

Date: 2011-02-17 02:45 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jensolo.livejournal.com
Yes but if you just move up Gifts to the place where "Words" is now then Words of Affirmation fits all on one line, which is always preferable, and still gives you the same line length, heart arrangement.

Don't have time to mess with colors, on my way to school.

Date: 2011-02-17 07:03 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dawnd.livejournal.com
still gives you the same line length, heart arrangement.

No, it doesn't. Because a heart needs to go between separate words, but not between words of the same entry, see?

Here's how it is now (without the colors, of course):

♥ Acts of Service ♥ Quality Time ♥ Words
of Affirmation ♥ Gifts ♥ Physical Touch ♥

Here's one version with moving Gifts up to the 1st line:

♥ Acts of Service ♥ Quality Time ♥ Gifts ♥
Words of Affirmation ♥ Physical Touch ♥

Another version:

♥ Acts of Service ♥ Quality Time ♥ Gifts
♥ Words of Affirmation ♥ Physical Touch ♥

A third changed version:

♥ Acts of Service ♥ Quality Time ♥ Gifts ♥
♥ Words of Affirmation ♥ Physical Touch ♥

A fourth changed version:

Acts of Service ♥ Quality Time ♥ Gifts
♥ Words of Affirmation ♥ Physical Touch

Of those, I think doubling the heart (and then justifying the margins somehow so the beginning and ending hearts line up) is probably the one I like best.

I guess in this case I don't think that keeping the words together is ALWAYS best, because the important word in "Words of Affirmation" is "Words."

Another way to play around with it would be to drop "of Affirmation," and/or to expand "Gifts" to "Receiving Gifts" which is how Chapman originally had it. I just prefer not to do that, because that forces the perspective of "Hearing" the LL, whereas leaving off "Receiving" allows one to see them all as either hearing OR speaking. (A pedagogical choice, as opposed to a design choice.)

Date: 2011-02-17 07:02 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dawnd.livejournal.com
Mostly for fun, I played with the saturation, and switched a couple of colors/hues around. Here's the changed version (still with "words of affirmation" broken up--see my other comment). Thoughts? http://blog.unchartedlove.com/?p=169 . Older version still here: http://blog.unchartedlove.com/?page_id=199

I did try messing with the word order and line placement, but kept having issues with line length and heart placement. And I don't yet know Wordpress enough to have full control over things like justification.

Date: 2011-02-22 08:39 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jensolo.livejournal.com
Newer version of colors is an improvement, yes. More readable, more even emphasis. Good job :)

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