One of the more interesting books I read during my fascination with cultural decadence in my twenties posited that there is no progress or decadence, only change — change interpreted as good or bad.
Today I think we can all agree that change is a good thing. As we approach our seventh anniversary, Ivy Style has finally upgraded its layout, and it’s a pretty magical one.
There’s still a lot to be done, and we’ll be working out the kinks and putting on a coat of polish throughout the day. But here’s the main stuff:
Ivy-Style.com is now “responsive,” which is web-developer speak meaning that the site responds to whatever device you’re on and delivers the best-possible viewing experience. The site should now be easy to read and navigate whether you’re on a desktop computer of any size, a tablet such as Kindle or iPad, and even your mobile phone. I expect this will be greatly appreciated by millennials who are constantly staring at their cell phones, even when crossing the street against a red light.
The site now also has what’s called a magazine-style layout or “theme.” You’ll note that if you’re a first time visitor, or back from a long vacation, it’s much easier to browse content on the home page. Whereas before you had to scroll through reams of text, now you get a headline, image and excerpt, and decide whether you want to click and read. Of course, we’re biased here and think all of our stories — and the comments left upon them — are informative and entertaining.
And speaking of comments, we’ll now be able to foster an even greater sense of community through “gravatars,” or globally recognized avatars. Assuming you’re the type who’s man enough to stand by his words, you can go to Gravatar.com and in just a few minutes set up an account and upload an image. Then when you visit websites and leave a comment, your avatar will automatically appear next to your comment. You can already see a few examples by scrolling through the comments on our khaki project post.
I think that’s all for now. Stay tuned to this space as I’ll likely be adding to it throughout the day as we implement new social media sharing buttons and other things.
Stay buttoned-down. — CHRISTIAN CHENSVOLD