Here’s something that might come as a surprise to you: I really don’t like making layouts. I know what you’re thinking — But you make sites, Todd! Why would you spend so much time doing something you don’t like doing? The answer is simple. I love writing. More so, I love analyzing and tearing apart my favorite characters and fandoms. Unfortunately, in the website world, you can’t really do one without the other, so I deal, usually with tons of feedback from my online friends.

When I told my friend Stefi that I was revamping my Tidus site, she offered to make me a layout for it. I would normally jump at the chance to get a layout from Stefi. Like I said, I don’t like making layouts myself, and Stefi is one of my favorite web designers; I’ve admired her designs for a long time. However, my Tidus site is THE Todd site if you know what I mean. It’s the site most personal to me, and it’s the site most people identify with me. I’d feel like I’d be cheating my favorite site and my visitors by not making Poltergeist’s layout, or at least being a major part of it. But then again, it’s Stefi! She’s amazing! I definitely didn’t want to pass up the opportunity, so I asked her if we could work on the layout together.

I began the layout and then passed it on to Stefi. She tweaked and added some things and sent it back to me. I tweaked and added more, and sent it back again. Rinse, repeat. The layout you’re currently viewing, the sixth version of Poltergeist, is the result of a ton of hard work and frustration from both Stefi and myself. You can probably see bits of both of our styles in this, and I love that. The layout was a completely joint effort, and this site would not look this good without Stefi’s hard work. Like I said, she’s amazing.

I really hope you guys like it.

There was really no rhyme or reason in the selection of the images or textures used in the header. I just really liked them and the colors they produced together. There is one intentional element in this layout, though, and that’s the glow behind the site’s title. Tidus’ name means “sun”. Because Yuna’s roughly translates to “moon”, that fact is hugely important to his character, and I wanted to incorporate it in this design. That glow was a picture of a sun, and although it’s barely detectable now, it being there is important.

Previous layouts can be found at my network’s layout archive.

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