Posted on by Steven Savage

To put it simply – the site is now migrated to the new Bootstrap-wrapped design.  As far as I can tell it’s done, completed, and ready for testing.  Well more testing, migrating over the generators required I validate each, and now my head is filled with random.

Next up I’m going to take a little bit of a break because . . . well yeah, this has been my spare time for about a week and a half, and I haven’t had much of that.  Then there’s going to be some testing, and finally, migration.  Just remember after the migration I’m really going to need feedback!

If there’s one concern I have it’s that right now the site’s appearance on phones is kinda “meh.”  It works, but the branding is off and the control panel scales too big.  Admittedly I don’t think that’s a huge deal, but still I’d like to make it better.

Now let’s take a look at the site!

First, let’s take a look at a basic content page.  You’ll notice some subtle visual divisions and paragraph styles to keep it from being a wall of text.

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Now an example generator, in this case the ever-popular Bishotron.  I used the same second-line-shifted paragraph design of the generator page contents for this, along with some spacing to really break the text up – quite frankly, I like it!

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That’s where I am.  So time to take a break, think it over, and start the testing.

Also, I am still discussing how to arrange a community.  Right now among the interested it seems to be a mix of Message Board and mailing list.  Frankly I’m leaning towards a mailing list at least for now to focus on people who have a serious core interest, leaving the Disqus discussions for casual community.  Yes, the contests and other things are under consideration as well . . .

I do want to note by the way that Bootstrap is AWESOME.  It’s essentially a tight CSS package with JavaScript that makes designing scalable, complex sites about as easy as it was back in the advent-of-Tables HTML days.  It’s a wrapper to the complex world of web design, and it works and works well.

– Steven Savage

Steven Savage is a Geek 2.0 writer, speaker, blogger, and job coach.  He blogs on careers at http://www.musehack.com/, nerd and geek culture at http://www.nerdcaliber.com/, and does a site of creative tools at http://www.seventhsanctum.com/. He can be reached at http://www.stevensavage.com/.

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  • Katherine Johnson

    The new design looks great–much more stream-lined. I definitely like the varying gray/white for the generator results.

    • I think that and some of the paragraph formatting really work. Need to check it on mobile.

  • Andrew J. Corrales

    Ever seen Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events? If so, do you remember the part at which the Baudelaires told Olaf that their parents died, and he told them to say it again? I think I had such a moment as his next line: “YES! YES! OH YES!”

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