The story behind the new look of powered by Swift.

Redesign of TechBU was due from a long time,  and I finally did it this week.

When I’m searching for answers on Google, or stumbling, or browsing leisurely the designer and developer in me is constantly looking for the color schemes, layouts, innovative placements and fancy java script effect. They were all put to use in the designing the child theme of Swift for TechBU, a theme that’s inspired from all around the web.

Here is the list of sites from which the design is inspired from


TechBU Navigation Inspired from Apple.Com (Click for full size image)

I always wanted a design with 3+ column layout for TechBU, even for this site  to ( A new look is in the pipeline 🙂 ). But when designing for monitors at 1024*768px resolution, three columns looks cramped with awkwardly small lines.  Luckily there are not many users on those old monitors today, thanks to the LCDS and the notebooks. When I checked my stats they were less than 10%.

This 10% wasn’t enough to convince me to goto 1200px wide design. I often visit but the launch of iPhone 5 kept me on the site longer than usual, that’s when I said to myself, when the leaders in design innovation and the company obsessed with user experience and usability makes the move to 1200px wide design why not me, and the redesign was started.

Apart from the site width, other things inspired from Apple are

  • Navigation, on hover and active links have a very different and fresh styling though.
  • Font color.


Featured section on the homepage is inspired from TheNextWeb.Com. I’m impressed with the post navigation on it, that will added to TechBU in the next iteration.

TechBU featured section inspired from TNW
TechBU featured section inspired from TNW. TNW’s version looks better than TechBU because of the 3 columns and liberal spacing. I had to use 4 columns on TechBU else it would be monotonous with another 3 column row below it. What’s your opinion?

The three colored boxes are taken from this site.

Category columns inspired from DPS
Category columns inspired from DPS

The nice little sticky header is inspired from TechCrunch.Com, the Social share icons are taken from Mashable and the body background is taken from SmashingMagazine.

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Combing all these nice things we got a design that every tech blog would envy. If you would like a unique design like TechBU for your blog, contact me for a quote.

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