Welcome to the newly redesigned and restructured site. Long overdue but I finally managed to finish it. Well, when I say ‘finished’, I mean I’ll continue tinkering with it under the hood and I still have some changes to consider. But other then that it’s done!
Let me give you an overview of what’s changed:
- A cleaner, simpler look
I eliminated most of the images and went for a more css-centric approach. The site looks lighter and should render faster. Rounded corners, shadows, fonts, colors, … are all built by the browser. It also means that you get the full experience in more modern browsers like Firefox and Chrome, while Explorer 7 and 8 degrade into a more ‘flat’ design. Same with the interactions and animation. Everything still works but it looks a little less interesting.
For example: check out the hover effects on the logo, navigation and links in Chrome or Safari. Looks fun, right?
- Latest comic on the home page
I got some reactions about that with the previous design so I changed it back.
After some careful deliberation I brought back the Project Wonderful ads. I’ve tried them off and on the past but the fact is they help pay for hosting. My biggest issue with ads is they can be hard to integrate into a site but I think I found a good way to do it. I’m not completely sure about the banner in the header so that might change.
- New pages
I made a cast-page to introduce some of the regular and special characters and I’m planning on integrating the Goodies and the Shop into their own pages later on as well.
Inspired by Rachel The Great’s articles. Most comic archives are seriously lacking in search options so I set up 4 differend kinds of methods for you to use. I’m not completely there yet but I’ll keep working on it. For starters, I need to add more tags and transcripts to the comics to make for better search results. Maybe change the search to Google custom search.
In the old design, I didn’t know where to put all these icons for Twitter, Facebook, Stumble, etc… so I just threw them into the comic post. It looked terrible so now I included small badges just below the comics. I think that feels more natural and you can easily share a comic after you’ve read it.
The short url is easier to copy and there’s more sharing icons just below the footer of the post if you need them.
The twitter balloon in the sidebar now includes links to 1. my personal twitter and 2. the official comic twitter because I want to offer you the option of not having to deal with my other ramblings.
- Comic sizing
You may have noticed by now that I’ve used different sizes for the comics in the past. The unfortunate side-effect is that they don’t all fit into the same fixed site design. So I just dynamically resized them to fit. This means that the comics that I made in landscape format are now a bit smaller but still readable. The oversized ones (like this one) get a scrollbar instead.
One of my next projects for the site is going to be a flexible theme for mobile, tablets and other smaller screens so you don’t have to deal with scrolling too much.
That’s about it. More changes are on the way, most of them you won’t even notice but they’ll make for a smoother surfing experience I hope.