Improvised Life’s new redesign is quite a SHIFT from the old vertically-scrolling one. If you’re a long-time reader and you find yourself looking for the old way of doing things, we certainly understand. We did the same thing when starting to think about a redesign. In the early mockup we did (bottom), you’ll see it’s STILL formatted with long vertical-scolling, which we couldn’t seem to break our habit of, until we worked with a designer who brought a whole other view, listened to what we wanted, and “got” some of the feel from our primitive Photoshop mock-up.
The new format is designed to facilitate jumping around to Improvised Life’s wealth of content easily AND to read on just about any device you use. We thought we’d point out some features jumpstart your using the site (we recommend opening the site up alongside this page, so you can click on things as you read):
The Navigation is now all in the words that span the header: Inspiration, Shop, Extras, Follow etc.
Scroll over INSPIRATION and you’ll see a dropdown menu of our many categories, divided into Material and Mindset because Improvised Life covers the inside of your heads and hearts and the outside, more tangible aspects of daily living.
Click on one of the Categories in the Inspiration dropdown — say Floors — and you’ll go to an archive page of thumbnails with titles of all posts under that Category, that is, a lot of enticing floor pictures.
The top image is in a slider. Click on one of the arrows and it will slide through the 3 most recent posts. Click anywhere in the post, and you’ll go to a page where you can read the whole thing.
Recent Posts, mid-size images with text are our most recent posts listed chronologically. You can scroll down to see them, or click on the little numbers under the grouping to see more. Click on any of the images, and it wil take you to the full post. To see All Recent Posts, just click the black Recent Posts sign.
Popular posts are smaller thumbnails of the site’s most popular posts at any given time.
Laboratory are smaller thumbnails featuring the ideas and experiments we’ve tried out in our Harlem headquarters.
If you’d like to SEE MORE of any of those posts, just click!
The right Sidebar has some new projects we’re working on, ways to support us, and a link to our Sponsor.
For a surprise, click on the Random button until you see something you want to check out.
The footer. At the very bottom you’ll see a gray line with an arrow. Click the arrow to see more info, including a way to view posts by date.
As with all things improvisational, the very best way to discover the site is just to click on things and see where it takes you.
Here’s our primitive, early “before” mock-up of Improvised Life, which wouldn’t have allowed for all the exploration this new home page affords, and would have taken miles of scrolling to see many posts.
Let us know your thoughts and comments, at the very bottom of this page.