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Courier is a serious theme for writers, journalists and bloggers that is built with cutting-edge best practices for the web. View the theme in the directory.

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WikiPedia on Architecture

Architecture can mean:

  • The art and science of designing and erecting buildings and other physical structures.
  • The practice of an architect, where architecture means to offer or render professional services in connection with the design and construction of a building, or group of buildings and the space within the site surrounding the buildings, that have as their principal purpose human occupancy or use.
  • A general term to describe buildings and other structures.
  • A style and method of design and construction of buildings and other physical structures.

A wider definition may comprise all design activity, from the macro-level (urban design, landscape architecture) to the micro-level (construction details and furniture). Architecture is both the process and product of planning, designing and constructing form, space and ambience that reflect functional, technical, social, environmental, and aesthetic considerations.

It requires the creative manipulation and coordination of material, technology, light and shadow. Architecture also encompasses the pragmatic aspects of realizing buildings and structures, including scheduling, cost estimating and construction administration. As documentation produced by architects, typically drawings, plans and technical specifications, architecture defines the structure and/or behavior of a building or any other kind of system that is to be or has been constructed.

Architectural works are often perceived as cultural and political symbols and as works of art. Historical civilizations are often identified with their surviving architectural achievements.

Architecture sometimes refers to the activity of designing any kind of system and the term is common in the information technology world.


Advanced options for writing

If you know basic HTML then there are a lot of extras you can use to enhance your posts. The good news is even if you don’t know HTML they aren’t hard to learn. This post will walk you through some of the ways to add extra formatting with CSS classes and custom tags.

To begin with if you are on a modern browser then these intro paragraphs before the jump are split into two columns. This happens automatically because I wrapped this content in a <div> with a class of “two-col.” You can view the source of this page to see it in action. If you are using a browser that does not support multi-columns then a single column will appear as normal. However once the jump to the full article has been made the two columns revert back to a single column. This was a intentional decision to keep the flow of the article intact. It was fine to break the preview text into columns because most of the time it will be a small amount of text that is easy to digest in one glance. There is no scrolling needed to read the first column and then back up to the beginning of the second. One very important note about the way this is setup: due to constraints of Tumblr’s text edit area the preview text before the jump must be in one single paragraph. This may seem like a nuisance at first but it’s actually quite nice because the columns have a greater chance of being equal in height.

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A chat about responsive design

  • Tumblrer: Is Courier optimized for different devices.
  • Me: Yes! In fact the entire design is "responsive."
  • Tumblrer: What do you mean by responsive?
  • Me: By responsive I mean the design and content adheres to a fluid grid that expands and contracts to the specific width of each user's viewport.
  • Tumblrer: But what about really small screens – like an iPhone – won't the layout be really cramped?
  • Me: I have augmented the fluid grid with media queries that rearrange the content at specific breakpoints; all while maintaining the fluid grid. So the content and layout are optimized for mobile screens, tablets (like the iPad or Galaxy) and all sorts of monitor widths.
  • Tumblrer: That's fantastic! But what about Internet Explorer?
  • Me: Since IE doesn't support media queries I am using adapt.js to accomplish the same tasks with JavaScript.

I shall call it the Courier Theme

This is a premium theme that is being built by Design Intellection. For the rest of this post I’m going to just post filler content. Slowly but surely I will begin to build out the other post types and subsequently the rest of the theme.


The Courier-Journal was created from the merger of several newspapers introduced in Kentucky in the 1800s.

Pioneer paper The Focus of Politics, Commerce and Literature, was founded in 1826 in Louisville when the city was an early settlement of less than 7,000 individuals. In 1830 a new newspaper, The Louisville Daily Journal, began distribution in the city and, in 1832, absorbed The Focus of Politics, Commerce and Literature. The Journal was an organ of the Whig Party, founded and edited by George D. Prentice, a New Englander who initially came to Kentucky to write a biography of Henry Clay. Prentice would edit the Journal for more than 40 years.

In 1844, another newspaper, the Louisville Morning Courier was founded in Louisville by Walter Newman Haldeman. The Louisville Daily Journal and the Louisville Morning Courier were the news leaders in Louisville and were politically opposed throughout the Civil War; The Journal was against slavery while the Courier was pro-Confederacy. The Courier was suppressed by the Union and had to move to Nashville, but returned to Louisville after the war.

In 1868, an ailing Prentice persuaded the 28-year-old Henry Watterson to come edit to the Journal. During secret negotiations in 1868, The Journal and the Courier merged and the first edition of The Courier-Journal was delivered to Louisvillians on Sunday morning, 8 November 1868.

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