New look for Pattern Recognition

I got fed up with trying to keep fixing the theme I had, so I decided to go ahead and move to a new one. It’s very different, but I hope that everyone likes it. This is a variant of Sunburn, heavily modified to my liking by a bunch of spacing adjustments, changing the sidebar to be absolutely positioned and swapping in a bunch of content, and adding my “pulse” to the header/footer.

So: whatcha think?

By griffey

Jason Griffey is the Director of Strategic Initiatives at NISO, where he works to identify new areas of the information ecosystem where standards expertise is useful and needed. Prior to joining NISO in 2019, Jason ran his own technology consulting company for libraries, has been both an Affiliate at metaLAB and a Fellow and Affiliate at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, and was an academic librarian in roles ranging from reference and instruction to Head of IT at the University of TN at Chattanooga.

Jason has written extensively on technology and libraries, including multiple books and a series of full-periodical issues on technology topics, most recently AI & Machine Learning in Libraries and Library Spaces and Smart Buildings: Technology, Metrics, and Iterative Design from 2018. His newest book, co-authored with Jeffery Pomerantz, will be published by MIT Press in 2024.

He has spoken internationally on topics such as artificial intelligence & machine learning, the future of technology and libraries, decentralization and the Blockchain, privacy, copyright, and intellectual property. A full list of his publications and presentations can be found on his CV.
He is one of eight winners of the Knight Foundation News Challenge for Libraries for the Measure the Future project (, an open hardware project designed to provide actionable use metrics for library spaces. He is also the creator and director of The LibraryBox Project (, an open source portable digital file distribution system.

Jason can be stalked obsessively online, and spends his free time with his daughter Eliza, reading, obsessing over gadgets, and preparing for the inevitable zombie uprising.

6 replies on “New look for Pattern Recognition”

Well, in Firefox–at least on my system (Windows XP/SP2, Firefox, 1280×1024 resolution)–it’s suboptimal. The Flickr photos and the right column overlay the text column (by quite a bit), making most entries difficult/impossible to read. Additionally, less than half the screen width appears to be used for text, an interesting aesthetic sense.

And personally, I find white text on a black background annoying–but maybe that’s just me.

Thanks for the note, Walt. I fixed that issue (turned out I had some CSS positioning off).

And I get the white text thing…but I’ll stick with it a bit and see what others think. I’m not sold on it either, but I do like the look.

I like it, but light text on a dark background never really bothered me. Very clean, and the right aligns fine on mine (Firefox on a MacBook, 1280×800), no overlap. I’m not sure about the divergent shades of orange ;).

Nice. I might reduce the post title line-height, and increase the post-content line-height. Maybe a fancier font for the various titles (of course I’m on Ubuntu, so I’m not sure what it ‘sposed to look like)? Maybe interesting if the blog title overlapped the pulse (perhaps in the same yellow as the pulse-line) or maybe butted up against it.

I’ve always enjoyed a dark background with light text. It’s always been easier on my eyes. I kinda like the new look.

The white text on black is slick looking, but my eyes are struggling with it this morning (possibly because of lack of sleep???). I like the color scheme and the layout, especially the date things. I am getting some overlapping text (using Firefox, XP, 1280 x 1040) in the area where your meta info is located. But overall, I am glad you went with a different theme. =)

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