The farmers of Sauraha tend to their rice fields.
They know that a good harvest involves more than just sowing seeds. They know the importance of clearing out weeds and outgrowths, of letting their crop flourish. Wise folk.
Very few might remember this, but Rungta’s actually started out as a desktop wallpaper site. It was a move heavily inspired by the work of one mandolux. Soon after launching though, I found out about photo blogging and discovered a whole community of photo bloggers over at Photoblogs.org. A photoblog felt right in every way that the short-lived wallpaper phase did not.
Out came version two. It had all the usual suspects: a single photo per page, previous/next navigation, captions, comments. Much of the blog’s content and information architecture remains the same to this day.
The third and most recent redesign went live with the 100th post. Aesthetics were the primary concern this time around. Wider photos, subdued colours, fewer distractions.
It served this blog long and well. So well that I have decided to preserve the design for all older posts. Yet four years and 99 photos later, it was time for me to use the farmers’ wisdom.
Here with the two hundredth photo launches the fourth major redesign of this blog. Where the third design focused on aesthetics, this one focuses on usability. Adaptive widths, stronger contrasts, better typography.
I’ve been calling it Clarity internally. Hope it lives up to that name.