New Design… in Progress

I’m switching to a new design, mostly because the old one never worked right in IE and I’m not smart enough to figure out how to make CSS work right in the first place. The left menu is still pretty nasty looking and I’m not a huge fan of how WordPress just has a long-ass garble of links, but again it’s a work in progress. For anyone who wants to know what the final design will look like, here’s a screenshot of my mockup design that I want to use (click for bigger image):

I’m pretty much stealing the best ideas from a bunch of other sites here. The design template was ganked from jonimueller.com, while the post layout and side menu (to come) is from the genius at 1976 design. Well, this is my “coming clean” or whatever, I don’t think my borrowing layout ideas is going to dilute anyone’s brand or cause too much havoc. Then again, I could be in for a shitstorm from the highbrow design community.

UPDATE: You can see an example of the cool tabs (with gradient yumminess), which were of course happily stolen from “Sliding Doors of CSS, Part II” at A List Apart. Now I just have to make it so they are javascript enabled, add the rest of the side page, and bada-bing, it will be added.
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