After doing a great deal of work on various client projects, it seems like a good time to take a breather and work on a personal project. To that end, we'll work on enhancing the presentation of the sidebar links in a personal journal. Let's define some basic design directions and see where they take us.
We'll be starting with a page that already has some styles, so the menu's styles need to fit in with the presentation that already exists.
The links in the menu should be visually separated from one another; that is, we don't want a list of links with no separators or other visual effects.
We should come up with a design that makes the menu feel open and airy so that the links seem to be a part of the other content in the design.
We should come up with another design that encloses the links in a box or some other visual device that obviously separates them from the main content.
With these goals in mind, it's time to get set up and start styling!