I recently took to redesigning my site a little bit after seeing some interesting things being done with typography. I just love big, bold type.
Now, I'm by no means a designer. I started out wanting to be one, but got lost in programming and forgot to leave some breadcrumbs down so I could find my way back. I could make things look alright-ish, and it would get the job done, but I never really gave it too much focus.
I'm still making things look mostly alright, but trying to be more mindful as well. Below is how my site looks like right now. That is, this very second as I type. I tend to change things up frequently enough when I have some spare time to think.
First of all, shout out to Helen Tran. She recently redesigned her site which introduced me to the Essonnes font. Now, I don't spend a lot of time thinking about fonts, but I thought about this one for days, which is different for me. I visited the Typekit pricing page a number of times, and after a couple of days I went for it. That money should have gone into mortgage savings, and we'll say no more about it.
I copied things a bit, for sure, and I want to give credit where it's due. I'm still finding my feet with this stuff, and while I'm no-where close in terms of design capability, I'm eagerly trying things out in the hopes I can land on my own style.
Another site that reinforced my enjoyment of typography was the website for Luca Orio. There's something really clean, and crisp about it.
Long story short, I'm starting to care more about design. I'm trying things out while making & breaking my site. I'm always going to be a developer, but I hope, when all is said and done, that at least I can present my own code within a well-designed interface.