Welcome to the new and improved Cheerful Ghost! Jon was looking for a more modern theme for the site, and I was happy to do it, partly because I had seen some things over the years that could be improved, and partly because I needed a client for one of my classes.

This has been an amazingly fun project, probably the most fun I’ve had on a site design yet. I’m very familiar with the site so I was able to envision ways to make some things work more smoothly, and design things to not get in the way of the reader. My chief goals were to modernize the site styles and make it look less like a Bootstrap theme.

Jon’s goals for the redesign were (again) to modernize the site styles, but he also wanted a color scheme to match the amazing new logo by Hagen DeLoss.

I worked on the styles using static pages. Once that was complete, Jon and I spent our evenings over the past weeks integrating my front-end work with his back-end programming.

This was a true labor of love. While I’m thrilled to see the new design go live, I’m almost sad that it’s over! But there will be more enhancements and features coming soon. And please, if you see something that doesn’t work properly or doesn’t look right, let us know!

Major hat tip to Jon here-- he was a fantastic client to work for during the design phase, and a fantastic partner to work with when we were implementing the design into the site.

jdodson   Admin wrote on 05/18/2016 at 01:41am

Thanks for working on this Travis, I really enjoy how everything looks. It's a nice improvement and something I appreciate you taking the time to do.

Travis   Admin   Post Author wrote on 05/18/2016 at 01:44am

You're very welcome! As I said, it was a blast. I'd definitely do it again :D

Azurephile   Super Member wrote on 05/18/2016 at 02:01am

Whoa! That was unexpected. It looks cool. Good job! I'm going to miss the blue colors, though. LOL

jdodson   Admin wrote on 05/18/2016 at 02:03am

Yeah, the old design was burned into my brain too Greg! Goodbye old friend!

Travis   Admin   Post Author wrote on 05/18/2016 at 02:04am

There are all kinds of new blues here Greg! :D

scrypt   Supporter wrote on 05/18/2016 at 02:20am

It's super sexy, you guys! Nice job :D

AdamPFarnsworth wrote on 05/18/2016 at 02:31am

This looks great! Super job Travis :)

Travis   Admin   Post Author wrote on 05/18/2016 at 02:44am

Thanks! :)

rettisawesome wrote on 05/18/2016 at 07:08am

Nice. I'm totally digging the new design.

Will_Ball   Game Mod   Super Member wrote on 05/18/2016 at 04:49pm

Looks great! Good work Travis!

Travis   Admin   Post Author wrote on 05/18/2016 at 06:39pm

Thanks rett and Will!

hardeyez wrote on 05/19/2016 at 05:42pm

New design looks great!! (and I agree it will take some time to get used to the desaturated background compared to the old bright blue, but change is good).

Azurephile   Super Member wrote on 05/20/2016 at 02:25am

I see the logo at the top left is a drop down menu now. That's cool and organized. I've been so used to refreshing the site by clicking on that logo, so that's how I noticed. It may be an extra click from what I was doing before, but I can also click my browser's refresh button.

jdodson   Admin wrote on 05/20/2016 at 04:15am

I like that it's organized too but I don't love it's two clicks to get home or refresh.

Travis can we make the Ghost take people back to home and clicking the Cheerful Ghost drop down is the dropdown? That may make that a bit better for people.

Travis   Admin   Post Author wrote on 05/20/2016 at 03:44pm

Yeah that's easily done.

Travis   Admin   Post Author wrote on 05/21/2016 at 04:40pm

Greg-- the ghos is now a link home, the menu is triggered by the text only now.

Azurephile   Super Member wrote on 05/21/2016 at 09:07pm

Thanks! I was ok with the change. I was just making the observation that the logo was a drop down menu.

jdodson   Admin wrote on 05/21/2016 at 10:02pm

I wanted that change, it was annoying otherwise. Maybe just for me. smile

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