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New design, september 2015

September 5, 2015

Welcome to the new look of lier.se!

A Premium Theme: Rosemary – Solo Pine
Font-family: “Karla”, sans-serif
Theme color: Gold (#C69F73)

Below is a guide for you to read through so you’ll become a pro on how lier.se is organized; but this is also a kind of post I would like to have saved just so my blog theme/design is documented as well. Even though I work as a graphic designer/web designer and build websites for living, when it comes to my private stuff, I like to make it pretty simple. As some comedians explain, I’m pretty serious private. You probably get my point.

So this is a paid-for premium theme, focused on blogging. Since I’m not studying anymore nor looking to find a job, I decided to not focus so much on my portfolio anymore, and to focus more about blogging instead. So that’s why I’ve taken away the portfolio part.

When you write lier.se in your browser (like you’ve already done since you’re here, reading this), you see the first page, the index page, to be precise. This is where you find the main content, the blog, with the latest post first. ↓


index


Let’s take a closer look at the navigation bar. There are links to read about me, to get to the blog if you’ve clicked away from it, to check out the archive, get contact info, and check me out on other places on the Internet – the social media links to Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and Vimeo. And the navigation bar is where you’ll find the search tool.


menu


If you click on “ABOUT LINA”, it will take you to the page where you can read a short post about me. It’s not a very long introduction, but enough to get a picture of me, and then if you’ll follow my blog, you’ll get to know me even more. That’s my idea of my about page at least. It looks like this.


about



If you click on the word “BLOG” in the navigation bar, it will take you to a separate blog page where I’m describe in depth a little about each of the categories you’ll find here.
blog


It looks like this when you’re scrolling down below the first picture.


blog2


If you click on one of the categories under “BLOG”, the view is a little bit different. The blog posts are a bit skinnier in order to give space to a sidebar, which you’ll find on the right. This sidebar shows pretty much everything you’ll find in the navigation bar on top of the whole website, but in a smaller format. It’s a picture of me with some about me text, contact info, social media links, recently written posts, a little snippet of my latest posted pictures on Instagram. You can also walk down memory lane to read older blog posts, check out posts based on the various categories, and you’ll find a direct link to Liz’s (my wife) blog and our Asheville Brewery Guide.




sidebar

If you hover over “ARCHIVE” a sub menu will be shown with years linked – like it did under “BLOG”. If you click on each year, you’ll get all the posts that were posted within those years in a feed. On this blog, you can go back to 2008! Between 2008 and 2010, I used the blog platform, blogg.se and lmve.blogg.se, which you can still find if you click on that link. “Lmve” is short for all my names – the first letter in all my names. However, I’ve moved over those posts to this blog, but I find it fun to still be able to get to that blog and check out the design I had then, so I let it stay. Before blogg.se, I used a not so big and well known blog platform called, nogg.se. I wrote there between 2006 and 2008. In 2004 and 2005, I used my friend’s server, coded my own website, and used the free host name .tk. My website was then cureda.tk (cureda was my nickname everywhere back then), but unfortunately, it’s not available to check out nowadays; but I have done a blog post and posted some of the designs of it, which you can check out here.


In the navigation bar, you can also find the way to contact me/check me out more, and that page looks like this.


contact


Lastly, if you’re scrolling down to the bottom of each page on this website, you’ll find my Instagram feed, with the six latest photos posted. It looks like this.


instagram




I believe that was the end of this design’s little tour, hope you enjoyed it!

10 YEAR ANNIVERSARY

November 23, 2014

I have had a website or a blog for ten years as of 2014! So I was thinking of looking back at some of the designs I had then..and some years ahead.

2004 – 2005

I was coding everything from scratch and used one of my good friend’s server to upload the website. My hostname was free (.tk), and my nickname on the Internet back then was, Cuerda which means rope/string in Spanish. But the Swedish name Lina also means rope or string in Swedish. Got it? A little bit too long of a stretch, but whatever. I liked it. I moved to Uppsala in fall of 2004, studied music at the University, shared an apartment with a friend, sang in a choir every week, spent all my time at school – did music stuff, and/or hung out with friends. The year after, 2005, I worked in Uppsala and shared a tiny, tiny student room in a dorm with another friend. Good times and good memories.

blogdesign04-05


2006 – 2008

I moved to a tiny tiny town, called Mariannelund, located in the county Småland in Sweden, and studied Social Work at a boarding school there. Since I wasn’t in Uppsala anymore, my friend (who had the server I used) and I didn’t have those geeky coding sessions together when we worked on our computer stuff, so I moved over to nogg.se instead. I still used my nickname Cuerda, and you can actually still find and read my blog. Check it out → here. It wasn’t that much to do with the design there, more than the color schemes, the profile picture, and the background. I used this blog between August 2006 and December 2008. I met Liz in the summer of 2007, and had left the boarding school to study Social Work as my major at the Mid Sweden University.

nogg


2008 – 2010

I missed designing websites, so I started a blog account on blogg.se and chose to leave my old nickname Cuerda. I now called my blogg lmve which stood for the first letters in all my names. You can actually still find this old blog → here. I did an internship in Denmark and started going back and forth to the States quite a lot. Liz and I were, and are, so in love. It was during this blog major changes happened toward the end. I participated in a → blog competition in my hometown, and won! You can read about my winning post (in Swedish since I had to write in Swedish for the competition) → here, and → here (when I found out that I had won – in English). Anyway, I won my own domain name, space on the Internet, and a private website/blog workshop. Therefore, I changed from lmve.blogg.se to lier.se where I am now. Lier is based on the first two letters in my first and last name – Lina Eriksson. It’s also what I’m using all over the Internet as my nickname whenever it’s possible. See links at the end of this post.

lmve07-10

2010

Liz and I decided to share webspace in the summer of 2010 to celebrate Liz moving to Sweden. I began by creating a first page, and then linking it to our separate blogs. So below, you can see our first page, and then our separate blogs as well.

lizandlina


2011 – 2013

We didn’t keep our first page with links to our separate blogs for a long time…can’t recall the reason why we stopped. I changed to use only lier.se and that’s where we are now. I’ve had a few blog designs since 2011, and the ones below are just a few of them.  blogdesign10-12


2014

Since I started the University here in Asheville, North Carolina USA and studied New Media with a concentration in Interactive Media and Web Art/Design, I’ve also added a portfolio to my website, and therefore it has a first page where you then click to either my blog and portfolio etc. As I’m writing this, my website looks like this.

websitelier

My blog looks like this (as you can see..hehe)

bloglier

Can’t believe it’s been ten years now..if you would like to follow me on other places as well, you can find me here ↓

→ instagram (liersees)
twitter (liersays)
pinterest (lierlikes)
vimeo (lier)

Since I’m soon not gonna be a student anymore, I’m planning on releasing a new design within the next weeks – still the same address. Just a little tease 🙂