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DD update post 5th of August 2022

Ozoneocean at 12:00AM, Aug. 5, 2022
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The title pic shows DD as it was 20 years ago. It's really not a bad design at all. The fashion then was to have a front page as an image all sliced up with a bunch of active areas working as buttons/links. The top ten list is vacant, as is the feature review- the Wayback machine only remembers so much. It was a good way to organise the content at the time and fit nicely into the most common screen sizes.
But these days there's a lot more functionality to think about, we also have more comics to promote, and screen sizes vary from super wide to thin and tiny.

Alexey is working on adapting Emm's designs which won our member design competition a few years ago. The design has had to change a bit and you can see here what it looks like currently.
- https://next.theduckwebcomics.com/

The drop-down menu has more content and the genre lists are supposed to more obviously side scroll on mobile screens, but we haven't finalised how to do that yet. I want to put triangles in the lists to show that each scroll.





However, Emm has been reading everyone's comments and come up with a new design which you can see below. She introduced the colours people suggested, the logo space is empty (waiting on a pic), the thumbnails were all enlarged, ad types changed into banners only, and things moved around a bit. She worked very hard to make it usable and to incorporate feedback!



PDFs showing the designs - https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1PoNlT-TH79JwmREcbxmov4yHTaHpfw9E

But there are some problems with it

- First up, large thumbnails and different styles of ads will involve a lot more front end and back end coding to implement than we've budgeted for right now.
- Secondly, we've already spend a lot of money getting the current design converted, we'd be losing out. That's the all the money that Elsa, Mal, and Pit raised through the DD Anthology plus a whole lot more that came from my bank account.
- Thirdly, I really love Em's original blue design.

Given all this hopefully we can adapt and merge the more usable elements of Emm's new design with the current one. That would be the best case scenario I think. Remember, we're mainly doing aesthetic changes to the site because we don't have the resources to do major coding and features in this round of upgrades.




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paneltastic at 5:12PM, Aug. 9, 2022

Definitely needs some light BG art to pull it all together. Nice start.

PaulEberhardt at 11:17AM, Aug. 6, 2022

Cheers to Emma for all the good work! The new version looks like a real winner, and it's great news that it can be used (if I read your comment correctly, Oz). If background artwork is a consideration, I'd say it's a good idea, too. It'll look more interesting than just white and make the contents with their own white background really stand out on the screen. I'd suggest an unobtrusive pattern that doesn't clutter up everything after all the hard work of making the design so clear and functional. Putting the news up under the recent updates is a good idea, too.

Ozoneocean at 11:30PM, Aug. 5, 2022

Glad you like it! :) Alexey has commented that money for the Emma's revised design won't be an issue because it's so much more usable and logical for him to design. Though I'd like to tweak it a little- add the blue back in and put the news up under the recent updates. I love a background art idea... It would be good if that was changeable- we could use it to promote stuff or celebrate holidays .

Amelius at 9:38AM, Aug. 5, 2022

also lol it's surreal seeing my comic so much on these documents XD I see the white backrounds on desktop and wonder if that couldn't have a community collage or some art user submitted art back there though... but then I remember the one time a site I was on did that, and my innocent funny comic had someone else's R. Crumb-adjacent hairy peener monsters frolicking about and I didn't appreciate that AT ALL! XD

Amelius at 9:27AM, Aug. 5, 2022

My gosh, Emma is wonderful for working so hard on this design from the feedback. If it's not the time to implement changes though I'd say that's definitely a contender for a second phase after another fundraising effort? I don't want you all to go broke fixing stuff up and rework is a pain but it would feel bad that Emma's hard work would have to be put aside too. (I did like the blue in the first one too though now there's a comparison.) It's a good one to have in the pocket for the future at least. Thank you Emma for listening!

phinmagic at 9:04AM, Aug. 5, 2022

I love both! Can't wait!

ThrisbyDude at 6:50AM, Aug. 5, 2022

((thumbs up))

Ozoneocean at 6:01AM, Aug. 5, 2022

I fixed the link

ThrisbyDude at 1:57AM, Aug. 5, 2022

Uhm... Ozoneocean? The link to the PDF files seems to be broken. On the other hand, I *do* still like where this redesign is going with the newer design containing a variety of colors! Makes me want to draw a concept of the DrunkDuck logo. Maybe something reminiscent of the current and old one? I think I'll keep that one shelved for now. But anyways, looking forward to all of this!


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