Good Designers Redesign, Great Designers Realign was written by Cameron Moll for A List Apart [October 24, 2005]. It discusses these realignment things.
Roger Johansson furthered it. 456 Berea Street redesign notes [August 6, 2006] officially released Roger’s new design. It’s not a redesign; it’s a redesign. The most prominent design change is the footer at the bottom of each page. If you have been visiting 456 Berea Street over the past year you may have remarked that things didn’t seem right from the previous visit. Things seemed different. Sections were repositioned; content was shifted; user enhancements were made. All small things. Numerous sites have made realignments over the past eight months but Roger’s have been far too subtle. Realignmenttes.
It seems that Jared M. Spool from User Interface Engineering Brain Sparks has identified it: The Quiet Death of the Major Re-Launch was published August 7, 2006.
Funny how these things progress, isn’t it.