Some details about how this website works and credits for all those people whose innovative, interesting, complicated or simple odds and ends helped me put it together.
Most of this website is powered by a WordPress install running a custom theme built from the ground up where the ground was Andy Skelton & Scott Allan Wallick’s gloriously unadorned Sandbox. Bandcamp looks after some recordings of my music.
Plugins & Widgets
This article by Adam Polselli helped me build the footer widget which grabs my recent reading from Readernaut [Update, 10/2012: there’s a new Readernaut API, so see here for my updated solution] and Jeroen Smeets’s plugin does something similar for Last.fm.
If your browser is compatible with CSS3 @font-face embedding, you will see top-level headings set in a digital reproduction by Igino Marini of a Double Pica typeface cut by Peter de Walpergen and acquired in 1684 by the Dean of Christ Church College Oxford, John Fell, in his role as curator of Oxford University Press. You can read a short history of the Fell Types on Marini’s website. All other text is set in a serif font stack that includes Baskerville, Palatino and Times New Roman.
Body copy is kept in shape by Jeffrey D. King’s wp-Typography WordPress plugin, which does its utmost to hyphenate, re-align, tame and make beautiful the temperamental and contrary thing that is text on the web.
All text, big or small, strives to sit on a 22-pixel baseline grid. Andrée Hanson’s 960 Gridder helped in trying to make that happen.
Much of the impetus for this site’s redesign is thanks to the thriving web design community and its rigorous interest in making the internet nice to look at, but also accessible with clean code and support for web standards. Of the many things worth reading online don’t miss A List Apart, a fortnightly magazine of the latest and greatest ideas in web design, and 24 ways, which produces the web-designer’s ultimate online advent calender. If you like looking at (and dissecting) good design you’d be worse off than to glance at the websites of designers like Jason Santa Maria, Elliot Jay Stocks, Simon Collison or Inayaili de León, design studio SimpleBits, or just about anything in Happy Cog’s portfolio.
For anyone interested in the past, the old site design and content is archived for posterity at http://v1.chrisswithinbank.net. Obviously this is no longer being updated and most of the material has been ported over to the new design, but it’s there nevertheless.