John has been blogging since 2003 (as long as I have) and was ready for a custom design for the blog software he was in the process of creating with Ruby on Rails.
From John's Putting My Blog On Rails post about the redesign:
"Once I'd taken the decision that I was going to create a new blog from scratch, I emailed Mike Rohde at the end of May 2007 and asked if he would be interested in coming up with a new graphic design for the site.
"I chose Mike because way back in 2005 I read Ian Landsman’s post about working with Mike to create a business logo and I'd been impressed with the end result. I'd also worked with Mike before on a as-yet unrealised design project, so I knew that we were a good fit."
After talking with John about his goals and requirements, I began sketching to get direction, then with John's approval, moved on to mockups in Fireworks. Once the mockups were approved, I worked with Corrie Haffly to prepare the Fireworks files for her to cut-up the design in XHTML and CSS.
You can read about the fully detailed process from John's perspective on his latest blog post Putting My Blog On Rails.
Thanks John for choosing to work with me. The blog looks great and I hope you get many, many years of good use from the design!