Thread: Retro Junk retro redesign. Do want?

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    • 3 years 29 days ago
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    It has been awhile since the new design was introduced and since at the same time I did a total recode of the site I have been working to fix bugs and get features back in place. RJ consists of tens of thousands of lines of code across 4 servers and its just little old me trying to keep the train on the tracks so I had to focus my time on stuff behind the scenes. At this point the site is stable enough for me to start seriously looking at the aesthetic design. Although I like the current design I think it has lost a little personality so I thought I might go retro on this design. Before I sink any more time into this I wanted to see if you guys were into it.

    http://www.retrojunk.com/bundles/rjcommon/image/redesign-v4.png

    It is not a final design and many things will change slightly if I go forward but you can see what I am going for with it. The logo characters and car images will change depending on what decade filter you have chosen. The decade in the mockup is obviously the 80's. Let me know what you think.
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      • 3 years 29 days ago
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      Well, how can anyone not like this redesign? I approve.
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        I like it better than the current page. I would make the logo bigger, spanned across the top and centered, move the advertisement to the bottom, move the search field to the right side pane, center the “RetroJunk.com | Privacy | etc..” at the bottom, get rid of all that empty white space under the “Videos” or fill it with some other stuff, and try to move that whole white middle area over to the right so it’s not so close to the left border.
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          • 3 years 29 days ago
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          This is leagues better than what we have now. I definitely like it/approve.
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            Quote by bklynbren
            I like it better than the current page. I would make the logo bigger, spanned across the top and centered, move the advertisement to the bottom, move the search field to the right side pane, center the “RetroJunk.com | Privacy | etc..” at the bottom, get rid of all that empty white space under the “Videos” or fill it with some other stuff, and try to move that whole white middle area over to the right so it’s not so close to the left border.


            The ad cannot be moved to the bottom. Ad networks require their ads to be appear at the top. I have thought about moving the search bar to the right side menu but the problem with that is not every page has that right panel. As for the spacing and whatnot that will all be sorted out as I work on it. This is just to test the general idea and does not actually exist in HTML form yet. Anyway if most people seem to be down with this new design I will put a lot more work into it a get it smoothed out.
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              • 3 years 29 days ago
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              I dig it.
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                Quote by Vertex
                Quote by bklynbren
                I like it better than the current page. I would make the logo bigger, spanned across the top and centered, move the advertisement to the bottom, move the search field to the right side pane, center the “RetroJunk.com | Privacy | etc..” at the bottom, get rid of all that empty white space under the “Videos” or fill it with some other stuff, and try to move that whole white middle area over to the right so it’s not so close to the left border.


                The ad cannot be moved to the bottom. Ad networks require their ads to be appear at the top. I have thought about moving the search bar to the right side menu but the problem with that is not every page has that right panel. As for the spacing and whatnot that will all be sorted out as I work on it. This is just to test the general idea and does not actually exist in HTML form yet. Anyway if most people seem to be down with this new design I will put a lot more work into it a get it smoothed out.


                That sounds good, but I do like this new one a lot better.
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                  • 3 years 29 days ago
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                  That is definitely a great start. Exactly what Retrojunk should look like.
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                    • 3 years 29 days ago
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                    Yep, definitely a good marriage between the old layout and the current. I'd like to see categories for the media content like before. Different navigable sections for toys,trailers, fast food, etc. It makes the site look like there's more to it.
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                        Yeah, this would be nice as well. Hopefully the redesign is a success and brings a few back.
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                          The cool folks must return.
                          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WpmILPAcRQo

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                            I like it, it gets me nostalgic for the old Retro Junk (hard to believe we've gotten to that point). I'd like for this site to have the same user activity like it did 5-7 years earlier. I'm tired of those poorly-run retro-based pages on Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr. I especially can't stand those biased articles on BuzzFeed that pretty much stereotype generations thinking they don't know certain things from other people's childhoods.
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                              Another thing I'd like to see are accurate post counts. I don't what mine is, but it ain't 24840.
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                                Quote by thecrow174
                                Another thing I'd like to see are accurate post counts. I don't what mine is, but it ain't 24840.


                                I want my Retro King Of The Land status back.
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                                  Didn't the glitch make it so everyone's post count will double?
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                                    Wow, that would definitely work. I think that design is a great idea, Vertex. I recommend initializing it soon.
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                                      I want to vote yes, because it will make me want to stay here more often. Vertex, your a genius.
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                                        I agree this site needs a more nostalgic look and that looks much better than what we have now.
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                                          • 3 years 28 days ago
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                                          You guys have stated the case very well - if the site name uses "Retro" ya might as well look the part.
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