Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Andrei New Look for 2010

New Zealand Conservative will be getting has received a makeover for 2010.

Hopefully the transition will be painless - check back soon and let us know what you think.

34 comment(s):

PM of NZ said...

Great clean layout.

ciaron said...

Sorry guys, don't like it. You've ditched a template that was visually interesting and unique to something rather plain.

It might be my screen setting, but it looks very pink.

KG said...

Looks great on this monitor. Clean, clear, uncluttered.

Ozy Mandias said...

nice and clean. shame about the colour as I was hoping for pink.

MrTips said...

I just eat my lunch here :-)

Madeleine said...

I like the Wordpressy type feel to it and the width but the colours just don't gel right.

If it didn't have the mottly left and right maybe...?

It is still lacking something unique, something fitting with the feel of this site and the people who post here.

Andrei said...

Interestingly enough the colors come from the old layout.

I wonder Madeline and Ciaron if perchance you are using laptops?

Ciaron said...

Yup, on lappy. re colour, perhaps it's the expanseof the colour?

ZenTiger said...

Yep, the bones are good, but needs some graphics and something that adds the x factor. I'm using a laptop too and the colour may not be quite there, although I like the blue text font.

gecko said...

Great improvement, bright and more cheerful.

I.M Fletcher said...

The old one was a bit more textured and homey I think; like sitting at an old desk. I guess this one will grow on me. I have been trying to do the 'magic eye' thing on the background texture but there are no hidden 3D images :)

ZenTiger said...

I'm not seeing the texture thing - aside from a very thin edge either side. Are others seeing a big block or something? I'm on Firefox.

Ciaron said...

I'm running Firefox too, the main columns look pinkish, and the comments are in a sandy yellow box.

Andrei said...

Ciaron its not the browser its the laptop screen - they differentiate red better than green or blue.

I've noticed this before when colors get pale - thats why I asked about you using a laptop.

I guess in this more spacious setting you notice it more.

Some color tweaking is definitely in order by the sound of it.

I.M Fletcher said...

Zen, nah it's just that I'm on slow dialup so I get to see the background texture load first before the text.

I.M Fletcher said...

To check and calibrate your monitor colors (Windows) I heartily recommend the free program Calibrize.

Madeleine said...

I'm not using a laptop.

It is still not growing on me sorry. Too many colours.

I like the sandy background, I like the blue and the browny red text. The fonts and the layout are clean too.

If it were me, I'd take that dark blue in the text and make that the background that shows up at the edges. I imagine would contrast well with the sandy colour and be more cohesive.

I'd lose the yellow background behind the comments as it is the wrong yellow toneally against the sandy background of the page. Either have no contrast there or go for vaguely off white, a paler but toneally more compatible shade than the background.

Collectively then you'd be darker coming progressively into lighter in the centre.

Then all you'd need would be a sexy banner header.

But hey, if you like it and it is clear and easy to navigate - which it is - then so what if I'm not that fussed on it.

Your content is what I come here for and as long as I can find that and communicate my responses to it easily, which I can, then I'm all good!

ZenTiger said...

Thanks for the feedback Madeline. There are some things I like about the new template, and somethings that I think are not quite right, and I'm therefore viewing this new template as a work in progress. Hopefully, it's the minor tweaks around colour and positioning that will be enough to make the difference.

So any feedback now will be helpful - keep it coming folks, both good and bad.

MrTips said...

where does one log in?

Andrei said...

Same as before Mr Tips - no change.

ZenTiger said...

Actually, small change - I had an asterisk to the right of the names which was my shortcut to the Google dashboard. I used that all the time.

Maybe we can put back the dashboard banner? I'll try both.

macdoctor said...

Nice, clean look, Zen. But if you are going for uncluttered look , you probably need to ditch the fuzzy brown things at the edge.

Glowing pink ones would be fun...

ZenTiger said...

That's another vote for pink...I'm getting worried.

Andrei said...

A few we tweaks based on feedback

Thoughts?

KG said...

Andrei, it's looking better all the time. Now, a couple of strong-coloured, bold vertical lines...

I.M Fletcher said...

Hmmmm, it's a bit hard for me to distinguish one post from the next - same with the comments. Maybe some kind of separator between posts like the last template had?

ZenTiger said...

I agree, the separation between posts (not comments) could be improved, and the font and layout of the metadata different from the body text of the post.

The box line around the commenter name is working for me..

ZenTiger said...

Whaddya think of the name tags as carved in wood? Should be able to wrap a hyperlink to our post labels with this...

ZenTiger said...

Hey Andrei - I like the line between posts, helps a lot.

I like the blue background (which only shows at the left and right edges of the page) over the previous textured background; however, even though I love blue, maybe it's too blue for the light yellow? Maybe a colour closer to the fade out colour of the banner?

ZenTiger said...

1. I think we have too much dark red. The hyperlinks might needing toning down to a softer colour, and they are the same colour as h2 (so maybe change h2).

2. The description text ("By Andrei at"; "Tags") needs to be a different colour from the body text. Maybe lighter

3. "Links to this post" might need to be on separate line, or only shown on the full page, rather than the front page summary

4. The permalink to the post is on the time, probably should change the time format to include day and date.

5. I could make a "block of wood" icon to hold the comment count, then we could have the comments floated to the right of the post title and make it a point of interest?

6. The block of wood idea for the blog author names could easily be changed to another style. What do folks think of the wood theme?


Andrei - I could implement some of these tomorrow, or we could swap a few emails or phone calls and see what might work?

ZenTiger said...

Horrors!!

Just tried the blog on IE 6 and the block of wood idea fails - instead of transparent edges, they are black!

What the?

Lucia Maria said...

Not bad.

ZenTiger said...

OK, some further changes.

1. Underline on hyperlinks only appears on mouse over.

2. Line separator under sidebar headings.

3. Removed date of comment from sidebar and set longer comment text.

4. Added back clock and ** shortcut to dashboard

5. Sidebar heading now navy instead of maroon (which is used as the link colour so is good to use exclusively for link identification)

6. Not sure about the wood thing, especially for IE. Might try something slimmer and cleaner.

Madeleine said...

It is looking better but I still think a slightly darker blue for that background/side colour and the header...

Ignore all the requests for pink - that would be ridiculous!

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