With the site being solely dedicated to the Victorian era, it seems likely that the redesign will have elements reflective of this era.
However, as the site serves a serious function for research, I have decided from the outset that I don’t want to over-do the victorian theme. I would like the new site to be designed to be appropriate for the functionality side, with maybe some hints/references to the victoria era.
The artistic movement of ‘Steampunk’ juxtaposes modern day technology with Victorian design and construction. As I intend to fuse modern day functionality with Victoria era design and content, I thought that this would be a great place to start looking for some influences.
I also gathered some images of typically Vicotorian page adornment (swirls, frames, etc):
I really like these little Victorian themed icons which perfectly reflect how I would like to fuse modern design with Victorian references/images – I just wish I’d designed them!: