Wednesday, June 20

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New Design

I've been working with our graphic designer on a new template design for mee.nu, and this is an example I've worked up:

/images/ai-test-small.jpg

We'll be working up various layouts:
/images/layout-thumbnails.jpg
Each in a choice of two widths - 800 and 1000 pixels - with various optional graphical doodads (what our designer calls "swirly-whirlies").  I'm also working on some enhancements to the image module to automagically crop and mask your images to fit the various banners, sidebars and so on.

Look for it at a mee.nu near your in, oh, about two weeks.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at 02:39 AM | Comments (17) | Add Comment | Trackbacks (Suck)
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1 Are you sure about two-layered navigation with the site-wide bar on top and blog-wide bar below? It looks a bit... frame-ish. The picture going under the top bar seems like an attempt to counter-balance the stackiness and create a more integrated appearance. However, my difficulty is, I don't know what to suggest. Overall, looks pretty good.

Posted by: Pete Zaitcev at Wednesday, June 20 2007 03:48 AM (9imyF)

2 We pretty much need that full-width bar at the top, for the ad and the mee.nu logo.  Below that we (and the users) have a lot more freedom.  And if you're a paying user you can do anything you like.

Our designer is working on variations of this, and she's better at it than I am, so she might come up with something better.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Wednesday, June 20 2007 03:54 AM (PiXy!)

3 thweet.

I assume the templates are going to be editable CSS so we can change fonts, colors etc?

Posted by: blackflag at Friday, June 22 2007 12:02 AM (Mq5jS)

4 Absolutely.

I'm also coding up a module to automagically crop, mask and filter images so that you can just drop them into the standard template without having to mess about in Photoshop.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Friday, June 22 2007 02:08 AM (PiXy!)

5 Heck yeah! I want one of them sweet awesome layouts razz

Posted by: NthPower at Saturday, June 23 2007 01:12 AM (PV/4J)

6 What's the skinny on that update scheduled for the 24th we were talking about? Did it cause more problems?

Posted by: Will at Thursday, June 28 2007 01:01 PM (olS40)

7 I've forgotten what I was planning to do on the 24th... I think it was the user groups/forums/multiple authors thingy, in which case it was delayed due to the database bug (and also due to it not being finished).

If that was it, then I've finished coding it and I'm testing it now.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Thursday, June 28 2007 09:31 PM (PiXy!)

8 That sounds like it. I'm going to be away from the tubes for the next day and a half, otherwise I'd volunteer to be the guinea pig.

Posted by: Will at Friday, June 29 2007 02:20 AM (SOx9v)

9

Pixy, that is absolutely an awesome looking design and the variations are exactly what I'm looking for.  So with a mu.nu url, (gratis via your more than overwhelming generosity) when will the old munuvians begin to be able to migrate to Minx?  I'm waiting with bated breath (but I can only hold it for so long... heh!).

Again, beautimous designs.

 

GM

Posted by: GM Roper at Sunday, July 01 2007 10:27 PM (S60yG)

10 The migration will start this week. smile

Also this week I'll be working on a theme-builder to let you create designs based on the overall template and layouts demonstrated above.  I need to do a bit of messing around with the image-processing library to automatically size, crop, mask and blend your images, but that shouldn't take too much work.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Monday, July 02 2007 04:11 PM (PiXy!)

11 OUTSTANDING... I can hold my breath for a week ;-)

Posted by: GM Roper at Monday, July 02 2007 11:27 PM (S60yG)

12

OUTSTANDING... I can hold my breath for a week ;-)

But I can't seem to get the hand of the smilies wink

Posted by: GM Roper at Monday, July 02 2007 11:28 PM (S60yG)

13

OUTSTANDING... I can hold my breath for a week ;-)

But I can't seem to get the hand of the smilies

the HANG of the smilies.

Can't type either.

Posted by: GM Roper at Monday, July 02 2007 11:29 PM (S60yG)

14 You're calling it your "graphic designer" now?

Posted by: TallDave at Wednesday, July 11 2007 08:58 AM (r1Ip+)

15 Our theme builder - which lets you create your own layouts based on this design - will be available next week. smile

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Saturday, July 14 2007 02:57 PM (PiXy!)

16

Pixy, "runescape" is a spammer. (Check that person's home page.)

Also "runescape gold".

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at Sunday, July 15 2007 12:19 PM (+rSRq)

17 Thanks.  Spiked him.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Sunday, July 15 2007 06:25 PM (PiXy!)

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