To Orwell Today,
I stumbled upon your site today and was quite impressed. I really liked the design. Did you make it yourself?
I wanted to let you know about ReadPrint.Com -- a massive non-profit library similar to Bartleby -- except it's far better organized and user friendly. We've been using it extensively in school nowadays -- it's great for doing research since you can search within the books.
Yes, I did design the appearance and layout of "Orwell Today" myself after firstly creating the content, ie dividing "1984" into the 45 themes located down the left side of the Home Page. See HOW TO USE THIS SITE.
Once I had the design on paper I took it to my computer guys and they breathed it into digital life. The "All Seeing Eye" pyramid was scanned directly off the USA one-dollar bill (then enlarged and coloured).
In the six years since the website hit the worldwideweb all I've done is add content to the original design - ie news updates under the "Today's Orwell" heading and some new categories under the 45 themes (and hundreds of articles in those categories).
Once in awhile I toy with the idea of changing the background colour but as yet have not done so.
Thank you doubleplusmuch for sending that great on-line library link. I'm sure I'll go there in the future for research and personal reading purposes.
All the best,
PS - I have a new monitor now (LCD) which makes reading on-screen easier on the eyes although my preferred way of reading is paper print-out or book-in-hand.
~ an independent researcher monitoring local, national and international events ~