I think the new site re design is going well and decided to create the video showcasing a bit about it. The new design isn't a totally new shift, its a evolution and I think is an improvement over the original.

Sound off the in comments with your thoughts. I plan on starting the work to integrate the new design into the site soon so get your feedback in!

The video quality isn't stellar, for a higher res screenshot of the new design clicky click:
http://i.imgur.com/SdUBC.jpg

Travis   Admin wrote on 11/08/2012 at 04:26am

Nice Half-Life 3 easter egg. ;)

Travis   Admin wrote on 11/08/2012 at 04:31am

Or I guess I should be thanking myself, since I apparently posted it!

I really dig the new site design. It's going to make expanding and adding new features much easier in the future. I like the side-by-side, but I can see why some may find it distracting. If it's easy to do a toggle, that might be an option.

AdamPFarnsworth wrote on 11/08/2012 at 06:27am

I love the new look! I really like incorporating more pulldown menus, so there's less button clutter on the screen. The side-by-side threw me for a minute, but I think I'll like that a lot when I get used to it. Plus it'll be twice as much content to interest a new user!

Jacob_Richardson wrote on 11/08/2012 at 12:28pm

Yay I am in the video haha. So I wanted to make a few small comments. Love the new look. I personally really enjoy the side by side. However there's a small thing that I feel like can be done now because of the newly designed titles. As an ocd person I would love to be able to auto center them. I so want to see the title in the dead center of the post. Also in the new site design it'd be really cool if in the settings menu you could mess around with different colors. I love the colors right now but maybe I might want to mess around with them at some point. Colors of the backgrounds and font and such I mean. It wouldn't change for anyone else just like personal color settings.

jdodson   Admin   Post Author wrote on 11/08/2012 at 05:55pm

@jacob I will look into centering the titles. That shouldn't be hard to do.

I will add a UI customization or theme option to my list. Not sure when I will get to it, but its a great idea!

Travis   Admin wrote on 11/08/2012 at 06:25pm

If I may add a dissenting opinion, I'm not sure centered titles would look right considering the layout. With the avatar where it is, dead center wouldn't look centered because there would be less space from the avatar to the left edge of the title, and centering it in the space after that wouldn't look centered to the article text.

I do love the idea of user-configurable color/theme choices though.

jdodson   Admin   Post Author wrote on 11/08/2012 at 06:50pm

@panickedthumb Good point. I prefer it the way it is but I will experiment with it either way.

Jacob_Richardson wrote on 11/08/2012 at 10:45pm

hmm. That is a good point panicked. Hadn't really thought about that. I guess that probably would still bother me since it wouldn't line up with the text. That's a bummer. It's not a major thing I just get really ocd about titles in particular.

BR   Supporter wrote on 11/09/2012 at 12:03am

I like the sleek new design. It makes the site look new and like it has a bit of depth to it. I'm back and forth on the side by side posts though. I feel like in some situations it would be nice, and in others it wouldn't. Haven't made my mind up whether I like it better or not.

jdodson   Admin   Post Author wrote on 11/09/2012 at 12:56am

Thanks BR! I am too, I am leaning to not side by side right this minute though. Easy enough to bring back though.

Travis   Admin wrote on 11/09/2012 at 02:28am

If not side-by-side, would you have it auto expand (to a certain point) so there isn't a ton of wasted space?

jdodson   Admin   Post Author wrote on 11/09/2012 at 04:18am

Yes, it would expand to fill the entire space.

Travis   Admin wrote on 11/09/2012 at 04:35am

Longer titles would be nice. "Assassin's Creed III PC now available for pre-order on Steam" was too long to fit.

jdodson   Admin   Post Author wrote on 11/09/2012 at 04:40am

Yep longer titles would be good.

Jacob_Richardson wrote on 11/09/2012 at 08:03am

Hm. About longer titles john. You think you'd be able to have like a sub context spot for the titles? On panicked's example "Assassin's Creed III PC" would be the title. With the sub-text being "now available for pre-order on Steam". There'd be a lot of instances I could see that coming in handy.

Travis   Admin wrote on 11/09/2012 at 02:20pm

That's a good thought too. For another example...

John Carmack buys Zynga!
What does this mean for the future of Farmville?

Travis   Admin wrote on 11/10/2012 at 04:59pm

I'm working on something for tomorrow or Monday that would benefit from the ability to add images or embeds inline, rather than just the one at the top. The potential for overuse is quite high, but it would be convenient.

jdodson   Admin   Post Author wrote on 11/10/2012 at 05:31pm

Hmmm. I want to seriously talk more about this. Lets take it up after the site redesign.

Travis   Admin wrote on 11/11/2012 at 06:23am

If you're looking for some possible inspiration for a 404 page: http://i.imgur.com/fcHae.jpg

;)

jdodson   Admin   Post Author wrote on 11/11/2012 at 06:28am

Heh. Hmmmm. Yeah, we could do something similar.... Hmmm.

Travis   Admin wrote on 11/11/2012 at 06:58am

Thank you Mario! But the requested page is in another server.

Travis   Admin wrote on 11/11/2012 at 07:00am

Or,
"This page is an illusion and is a trap devised by our servers. Go ahead dauntlessly! Make rapid progress!"

http://www.vgmuseum.com/end/nes/a/ghosts.htm

Travis   Admin wrote on 11/11/2012 at 07:01am

IMDB has something similar. It gives you random relevant movie quotes.

http://www.imdb.com/qweljhqerjqher

Just keep hitting F5

jdodson   Admin   Post Author wrote on 11/11/2012 at 04:05pm

I like the Mario idea. That's really clever!

jdodson   Admin   Post Author wrote on 11/11/2012 at 08:25pm

Adding it to my list of things to do :D

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