This redesign of tribe is called 960 because that’s the pixel width I decided to go with this time. Why? Well, because of an IM chat I shared with Nathan Smith back on February 24th, 2008. It went a bit like this (Note: the url to Nathan’s 960 Grid project has been removed until he is ready to reveal it himself):
7:10 PM Nathan: Yo.
7:10 PM Me: Nathan! How are you, brother?
7:11 PM Nathan: Good. Wrote a css mini-framework for grids. [url nixed]
7:11 PM Me: Very, very cool.
7:11 PM Nathan: [url nixed]
7:12 PM Me: what is 960?
7:12 PM Nathan: 960 pixels of width, the optimal width for 1024×768.
7:12 PM Me: Yep. I see now: [url nixed]
7:13 PM I wasn’t sure if it  was a company that hired you …
7:13 PM Nathan: Hehe, nope.
7:13 PM Me: Bro, This looks great.
7:14 PM Nathan: Thanks. http://www.cameronmoll.com/archives/2006/12/gridding_the_960/
7:15 PM Me: Heh … you guys are way over my head. Does anyone even design for 800 anymore?
7:16 PM Nathan: Dunno.
7:17 PM http://sonspring.com/mint/
7:17 PM If you look at the “Real Estate” panel, you’ll see the stats for screen-size on my site.
7:17 PM Nathan: It’s divisible by 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 10, 12, 15, and 16
7:17 PM Me: Hmm .. I’m using the odd 926 for my personal blog … I should up that to 960, eh?
7:18 PM Nathan: Nah, not just for the heck of it, but the next time you redesign, might make a good starting point.
So, I’m making it my new starting point. I’m not sure I completely understand the grid framework, but I’m going to learn. This is a good starting point. Guys like Nathan are incredible at design and development. It’s great to have people who share the expertise and knowledge.
So, please continue to enjoy the site while I simultaneously use it as my personal sandbox to explore, learn, and develop this thing called grid frameworks. I’ll be hacking away at the css (over at a legitimate sandbox site I set up) and slowly replacing the css here with a new design built atop the framework Nathan created. This will happen behind the scenes, so all should appear as tranquil! I hope! So for now, get used to and enjoy the 960 width.
UPDATE: I am very aware of the troubles caused to this design by Internet Explorer Six (IE6). I will be fixing those after Holy Week is complete. Thanks for your patience, IE6 users. And get a real browser already!!!