Preview the Future Design of the WordPress Dashboard

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Though nothing stays still for long with WordPress, the design of your blog’s dashboard hasn’t changed much lately. While we’ve added new features and made some adjustments along the way, the dashboard has been looking forward to a refresh for some time. With that in mind, seven weeks ago, a scrappy gang of web designers and developers teamed up to explore how to do just that. We asked ourselves the question: “What should a modern version of WordPress look like?” We decided that:

  • It should have a simple, uncluttered design; free of excessive decoration and focused on your content.
  • It should use webfonts for beautiful, legible typography that’s consistent in every browser.
  • It should have a responsive design that’s tailored to PCs, tablets and smartphones.
  • It should do all this while retaining the familiar, user-tested dashboard interface that millions of users already understand.

Screenshot of the new dashboard design

We’ve drawn new icons, increased contrast and font…

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New Theme: Truly Minimal

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Happy Theme Thursday! It’s spring in some parts of the world, which for many means tidying and redecorating their homes. Today we have a new free theme to help you do the same for your blog!

Truly Minimal, designed by FlareThemes, lives up to its name for its clean typography and elegant simplicity. The theme includes three sidebar placement options, support for multiple post formats, and a responsive design for small screens and mobile devices. It’s an excellent choice for showcasing your writing, promoting your business, or for anyone who wants a crisp, modern look for their site.

Read more about Truly Minimal on the Theme Showcase, or activate it on your site by going to Appearance -> Themes!

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Space. Narrative. Design.

Those scant few colours of the ships disguised for warfare beyond the arctic circle lend a patterned, stylised simplicity to their purpose.  War-paint for sea-cutting hulls of steel.  Fragile shells against both the elements and Man’s violences.  Now the patterns become an aggressive form of representing dis-order; an affective means to portray an awareness of our current environment.

From pg. 33 of H.M.S. Ulysses (Maclean, 1979):

“Where the Ulysses went, there also went death.  But Death never touched her. She was a lucky ship. A lucky ship and a ghost ship and the Arctic was her home.
Illusion of course, this ghostliness, but a calculated illusion. The Ulysses was designed specifically for one task, for one ocean, and the camouflage experts had done a marvellous job.  The special Arctic camouflage, the broken, slanting diagonals of grey and white and washed-out blues merged beautifully, imperceptibly into the infinite shades of grey…

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