I need to document all the stuff that went into this design but for now, I'm happy just to have it launched.
Why did I redesign so quickly after the last one? Because I wanted to! Inspiration struck and I ran with it. In the end, I'm much happier with this iteration over the last one and I'll be happy to keep this around for awhile.
Like the last version, I used HTML5 sparingly. Simple doctype, cleaner syntax for some elements like script and link tags. There's lots of graceful degradation going on here (or progressive enhancement, if you're a glass-half-full kind of person). I checked it out quickly in Firefox 3.5, Safari 4, Opera 10, and Internet Explorer 6 and 7. Everything else, I'll just assume looks okay.
No, I still don't use a CSS reset. I didn't use a separate stylesheet for IE. My single CSS file comes in at a reasonable 8k.
This has been a year of change for me in many aspects and this design is a reflection of my continuing metamorphosis. This redesign will hopefully kick off a renewed enthusiasm in myself for design and development and blogging about it every step of the way as I had once done before.