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February 17, 2005

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Open-Source Redesign

Wondering where I’ve been for the past two weeks? (Feel free to not answer that.) I haven’t abandoned Snarkmarket; just the opposite, in fact — I’ve been hard at work, in consultation with Robin, on a new design for the site.

We’ve tried to make a page that looks distinct, but respects its roots. We’ve been brainstorming ways to bring more attention to the ever-excellent discussion, so you’ll see some experiments in that direction in the new design. We wanted to separate some of our longer, more thoughtful discursions from our quicker pass-alongs, so we’ve given those shorter items their own look.

And there isn’t enough paisley on the Web.

But before we make the design official, we want to take some time with it, use it for a while and see what we like and don’t like, and most of all, solicit your feedback on what works and what needs work in the new layout.

We have two very similar versions of the page available for testing. When you first see the page, it will look totally janky. Click on one of the two links at the bottom of the black sidebar at right — either “change to ornate layout” or “change to simple layout” — and it will pull in one of two stylesheets.

We would love it if people would try out each one for a few days and give us their thoughts. If you bookmark the redesigned page, it should store a cookie remembering which stylesheet you viewed last time, so you don’t always have to pick one.

With your help, we’ll solidify a final layout over the next couple weeks, change over the individual pages, and take over the world continue to dish out those actually-not-that-snarky ditherings we’ve been dishing for a year and change.

Thanks, sports fans.

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Posted February 17, 2005 at 8:52 | Comments (6) | Permasnark
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Comments

YES! I am so glad the world finally gets to see the design brilliance I have been privy to for the last fortnight!

Hey, one thing -- I don't think blockquotes are, um, blocking.

Can't wait to hear what other people think! Click away, Snarkatrons!

Blockquotes fixed!

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Good work boyz.

The color choices in the body are great. I am a big fan of the pink boxes and the type treatment inside of them. I would however, ditch the plant thing in the boxes. It would look cleaner without it.

I like the banner from the ornate design and everything else from the simple design.

Well, except for one thing.

I am not really feelin' the transparency in box in the left rail. The transparency gots to go.

wait...if you take the transparency off you need to bump the type contrast or put a solid color behind the type.

Hmm, you are correct...there isn't enough paisley on the web. Although I find the ornate tendrils somehow off balance and disconcerting, I have decided on this suggestion-- the tendrils should be animated.

Posted by: basloan on February 22, 2005 at 02:34 PM

Alas, it's now true...
EVERYONE THINKS THEY'RE A DESIGNER.
Paisley, parsley, snakes, Christmas colors
AND ugly fonts.
Yikes-- hire a real designer!

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