Monday, September 3, 2007
Welcome to Year Two of Newlywed in Dubai. Like it says over to the right, apparently the "Newlywed Game" says anyone married fewer than two years still counts as a newlywed.

That's a big relief, really, as I was wracking my brain trying to think of something to call the new site. "Expatriate in Dubai"? "Americans in Dubai"? "Almost-Newlyweds in Dubai"? Nothing sounded good. So we're keeping the name, and just changing the art.

When I designed the website last summer, I was going for a late 1970s / early 1980s look with the orange, yellow and brown. I wanted to share a few of my influences with you guys right now. This first photo is from a family vacation from 1984, we flew to Florida on People Express (or is it PEOPLExpress?):

People Express

One of the first things I ever bought on eBay was a license plate from the opening of EPCOT Center.

EPCOT Center license plate

If you combine these two, well, that's pretty much the colors of the website!

For the typeface, I'm using a font family based on the Walt Disney World 1971-1995 logo called Florida Project. As you can see above, I'm keeping that with the new redesign.

Also factoring in to the scheme were the classic San Diego Padres uniforms. Ironically this June when they played against the Red Sox the Padres wore their 1982 uniforms in honor of Hall of Fame electee Tony Gwynn's big league debut:

1982 San Diego Padres uniform
Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images

of course Taco Bell had a little to do with it, too:

Taco Bell Logo

Anyway, it's a little sad to retire those colors, but I'm psyched to have a new look. The colors, by the way, are from the UAE flag, which helps this new logo feels much more like Dubai.

Anyway, I'm keeping the other site online as I'm sure I'll be referencing it often, but all of the new posts will show up here. So update your bookmarks! Thanks!

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