The RSS grapevine is fairly humming today with the news of the Blogger redesign.
It’s a clear, friendly and attractive design although I must say I’m begin to grow weary of the ubiquitous drop-shadow motif. Perhaps I’m quicker to tire of these trends than the average web surfer but designers, beware: I could be a canary in a coalmine in this case. If I’ve got a case of drop-shadow fatigue, an epidemic may not be far behind.
For the web, and indeed the world, the Blogger redesign is A Very Good Thing. For myself, however, it’s a slap in the face. It mocks me.
"Aren’t you supposed to be writing your own Content Management System?", it says in a sardonic tone.
Smug anthropomorphised bastard.
Mostly it’s because I’m a stubborn control freak but there are a couple of other issues that I’d like to address:
I want to have a CMS that scales well from single posts (like blogs and news stories) to multi-page articles (like magazines), all in the same interface.
I also want to address the two trickiest parts of allowing anybody to update a web page: links and images.
That’s it really. Oh, and I want to use XML files rather than a MySQL database for storage.
The problem, as usual, is scope-creep. Just how "bare bones" can a CMS be without running the risk of being practically useless? And how "full featured" can a CMS be without running the risk of becoming an overwhelming piece of vapourware.
I clearly need to scope out my little home-grown CMS a bit better.
One thing I would like to include when the specification is finally worked out, is this great Flash image-cropping tool from Max Ziebell. He continues to plot world domination from his isolated Mediterranean island. It’s only a matter of time before his visage appears on a wallscreen in the UN, enumerating his demands.