It’s time… Time for a redesign!

by Mitch on 28/09/2005

It’s that time of year again when bananas on toast has a birthday and gets a face lift. To commemorate the 3 year anniversary of the bananasontoast.org domain name and just over 3 years of the weblog the entire site is getting a rather drastic redesign. The site will be down for approximately 48 hours in which MMdC, bananas on toast and all the subsites will be revamped, so it’s a good time to clean out any old bookmarks you may have lying about.

The upgrades are beginning now in the background, but won’t be viewable to the public until around the 12th of October, the sites official birthday. I’ll be working on themes, full redesigns, graphic work, hiring and collabing with other artists and designers and generally working my ass off to make the entire site a seamless piece of perfection.

What do I need from you? Two things:
1. I need to know which layout you think suits the site more and which layout you like more. The choices are the current layout by Michael Heilemann and Chris J Davis, Kubrick 2, Scott Jarkoff‘s layout, triSexuality and Squible by Theron Parlin. Decided.
2. I need to know what problems you have with the current site? Is it too slow loading, not easy to navigate, not sequential enough? Tell me what I can fix and any ideas you may have to improve the site.

Bear in mind that I plan on working my ass off so if you could take a few moments to drop a well thought out response, it would be much appreciated. The person with the most helpful comment and feedback will win themselves a gift either from their deviantART, Amazon.com, Thinkgeek or other wishlist, so get giving with the feedback!

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  1. 29/09/2005Kevin says:

    Okay, let’s see. Firstly, I have always enjoyed your choices of style and colour (except for the browns of MMdC – brown is so 1970’s…) and one of the things I really did like from the previous version of this site was the ability to choose a theme and keep that theme each time I came over to read and make smart arse comments.

    I do feel that the site loads a little on the slow side at times, but that is probably more the fault of the hosting service you are using because I notice it quite a bit on my own blog. Unless you use images a lot in the blog, speed isn’t a major issue though.

    One thing I like when I go to other websites is that when I click on links, it opens a new window/tab in my browser so that I can look at what I have been directed to without leaving the site I am at if I want to look at more links on that page. I know you spent a lot of time removing those kinds of links earlier in the year, but I think that they are a good idea and most sites seem to use them.

    I think originality is important in website design. Too many sites seem to be clones of other sites. Try to avoid borrowing too much from sites you like and put your own stamp on whatever ideas you pick up.

    Uniformity of look – what I mean by that is that as an example – the image on top of the comments page isn’t the same as the one on the main blog page. Unless you have made a concious and deliberate decision to try and make each page have a different theme, then maybe these little bits and pieces are things you can look at.

    I look forward to seeing the new layout and hearing what you think of my comments.

    Oh, arse is spelled ARSE in our country….

    Have a nice day :)