Laura Scott's own blog needed an overhaul and new look. This site reflects her own aesthetic.
At the beginning of 2010, rare pattern was relaunched with a new look, designed and implemented by Laura herself.
Maintaining a blog over seven years takes effort, especially when you want to regularly refresh its design. Every Drupal upgrade (from Drupal 4.6 through 4.7, 5, 6 and 7) provided an opportunity to do just that. Laura wants a blog that reflects her own aesthetic, not only to make the site more visually appealing, but also to lend credibility to her many blog posts on design.
Here are a few screenshots of designs over the years.
The 2012 site is designed using The Square Grid framework, built in Drupal 7 and themed using the Square Grid theme.
The framing design by Laura reflects a "doodling" technique she has used for years in her own pen-and-ink artwork.
In 2006, the blog sported the "dot-slash" theme, reflecting a very different aesthetic.
One of the designs used Laura's photography as a background.
One of the earliest designs Laura implemented for rare pattern had a typewriter-themed look to reflect the essay-like nature of blogging at the time.