Welcome To The New 12 and Beyond!

Good morning! Welcome to the new home of 12 and Beyond: 12andBeyond.com!

Of course, that’s only the beginning: I’m sure you’ve noticed, but 12 and Beyond looks completely different too. With a new design, new graphics, and so much more, I’m not sure where to begin.

So let’s start with the biggest change: the theme. Believe me, I enjoyed writing with Hemingway Rewritten, but it eventually ran its course. I wanted something a bit more professional, streamlined, and simpler. And so, I came across Lovecraft, the theme you see now, and put my own 12 and Beyond spin on it with new colors, fonts, and layouts.

Here’s the new design that you’ll (hopefully) come to know and love:

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As you can tell from the picture, it’s a new header image! Most likely, though, it’s different than the one on your screen now. That’s because I uploaded not one, but 16 new headers- and they appear randomly, which means each time you visit my site you’ll see a different one.

If we continue to analyze the image above, you’ll notice that the pages up top are different. The about me page remains, but with a new graphic. The Quizlet page remains, but with a new graphic. The Word Wise page remains, but with a new graphic. The Global Interests page remains, but with all new graphics. That’s right- each and every post series has a new graphic, but I’ll get to that later. For now, lets focus in on the Gallery page.

The Gallery page replaces the “Gabe’s Writing” page, but contains some of the same content. I want the Gallery page to be a place where I showcase my work, mostly outside of the blog environment. These include writing pieces that I’ve done for school, photo galleries from previous trips, and more that is hopefully soon to come. In the gallery page, you can click on the links in the description to access each accompanying post.

Alright, now we can talk about Global Interests, or more accurately, my post series themselves. The contents of these posts will remain the same, but I’ve designed a new graphic for each and every one of them. These post graphics are either hand designed, or personalized using an image that is licensed to be commercially reused with modifications. That part was important to me- I don’t want to wrongfully steal other people’s work, and this also gives 12 and Beyond its own unique graphics. Here they are:

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The Word Wise logo is probably my favorite, mostly because I designed it every step of the way- and the changes of opacity really make it come together. Sorry if some appear weird against a background- their backgrounds are transparent, and thus they show up better against other colors. In the new blog’s case though, it doesn’t matter.

So, after updating all of my pages, I had other things to change too: the footer and sidebar. Yep- 12 and Beyond now has a footer! While the sidebar remains mostly the same, the footer now contains a monthly archive of posts in calendar form, an additional way to follow 12 and Beyond by email, and a featured photo (right now, it’s a picture of looking up from the base of the Centennial Wheel at Navy Pier.

Speaking about the sidebar, though: I’m sure you noticed the complete remodel of the post calendar. I converted from designing it on Google Docs to designing it on Pages, and that comes with beneficial font changes, a calendar design change, and I’ve now added the appropriate 12 and Beyond branding and- instead of text, I’m now using each post’s logo for each day that post is scheduled.

Along with some minor improvements along the way, some other changes are important to note. First, 12 and Beyond is now a gray color. Though the turquoise I had before was great, I wanted to tone down my blog, make it more streamlined, and make it lighter. Also, with the new theme, there are some red highlights in certain places, along with bolded black colors. I personally love the redesign. It’s what I want, in this moment, for 12 and Beyond to be.

We’ll see how well I keep up with the post calendar in the next few weeks, but you look forward to several special posts throughout the month. Pretty much everything about the blog is new- so browse around, and tell me what you like (or don’t like) the most.

Thank you so much for your support!


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