I’ve reviewed Pro Blog Design‘s theme at least once before, probably twice. Now that Michael Martin’s design blog is entering its third year, it has received yet another redesign.
The new color scheme is bolder, the revamped logo is eye-catching, and the new background is subtly attractive. The header looks good, with it’s prominent icons for following the site’s updates, and it’s interesting navigation. The huge tabs certainly are unusual, but they seem to work quite well. The categorical navigation is good.
I like the box that appears at the end of posts, with the bio and links to share the post on social media sites. It’s uncluttered and it looks good.
The dropdown blogroll is nice (something I’ve been considering adding here), especially since there’s a link to Webmaster-Source in it… I also like the interesting comment styling. The way box with the username subtly overlaps the Gravatar is especially nice.
Overall the design is very good. There are just a couple things about it that bother me. The first is the way the hover tooltips that appear on some links (such as those in the header) sometimes appear half-offscreen if the link you’re hovering over is near the edge. This might be possible to fix with some collision-detecting AI. The second is that the image-replacement script makes it impossible to select the article headline, though it does make them look nice. Using something like sIFR might improve things. All in all, though, it’s a good design.