GB Redesign progress...

An example of a mock I give to our engineers to dread over.
So I'm starting week 2 of actual CSS work on redesigning Giant Bomb. It's going amazingly well. You know you're digging the style when you get bummed out when you have to use the live site. The first steps were reworking all the core CSS (buttons, major layout classes...etc). If you've checked out the mocks you can imagine that this had me making lots and lots of rounded corners for various layout sections of GB. Using rounded corners, while better looking, drastically increase the complexity of a site's frontend code. For this reason I had sworn off the look a couple years ago, but like a lost lover, have embraced them again recently.

This week I'm mostly taking those core CSS changes and implementing them throughout the actual HTML on the site. That means I basically go through each and every page on the site and massage the new style into the old templates. It's pretty tedious work, but after having thrown together the original Giant Bomb in only 6 weeks it's nice to have time to spend fully on making the site prettier, instead of worry about functionality. Coonce is helping out as well, helping me out with the backend stuff that I can't do on my own. I'm very excited about everything, so much so that I've been regularly showing up back at the office after dinner to attack more templates. Right now I'm waiting on my local database to rebuild so I figured it'd be a good time for an update.

While I'm doing this Ethan is working on a MAJOR gallery/image management redo. The new stuff is all drag and drop and well... impressive. Basically we're banishing checkboxes from image management and trying to better define galleries and in turn fix a lot of those tools. Those changes will likely make it into the site before mine and will come in handy to some of our bigger image uploaders. Andy is working on some additions to our search functionality and working on requests from the API forums.

Mostly the things I'm most excited about is showcasing the crew downstairs content a little better. I think if you don't check the site everyday you can miss a lot of the funny vids they add to the site daily. Right now we do a pretty poor job at promoting vids, news, guides and user reviews on the game pages. I've reworked those pages the most and it's nice to see VInny's stuff float up better. In general I'm just happy with the way things are actually looking from a cleanliness perspective. I've tried to cut down the length of our pages without losing content. It's not the easiest thing to do, but I've spent a lot more time on font sizing and line heights this time to make things in general more readable.

In any case, that's what I'm up to. I'll likely add some screenshots to this post in a half hour or so when my local database is finished rebuilding. I guess that just leaves me raiding the vinyl collection at the office till the db is built. Right now Jackson Browne's Running on Empty is on. 
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Edited by snide
An example of a mock I give to our engineers to dread over.
So I'm starting week 2 of actual CSS work on redesigning Giant Bomb. It's going amazingly well. You know you're digging the style when you get bummed out when you have to use the live site. The first steps were reworking all the core CSS (buttons, major layout classes...etc). If you've checked out the mocks you can imagine that this had me making lots and lots of rounded corners for various layout sections of GB. Using rounded corners, while better looking, drastically increase the complexity of a site's frontend code. For this reason I had sworn off the look a couple years ago, but like a lost lover, have embraced them again recently.

This week I'm mostly taking those core CSS changes and implementing them throughout the actual HTML on the site. That means I basically go through each and every page on the site and massage the new style into the old templates. It's pretty tedious work, but after having thrown together the original Giant Bomb in only 6 weeks it's nice to have time to spend fully on making the site prettier, instead of worry about functionality. Coonce is helping out as well, helping me out with the backend stuff that I can't do on my own. I'm very excited about everything, so much so that I've been regularly showing up back at the office after dinner to attack more templates. Right now I'm waiting on my local database to rebuild so I figured it'd be a good time for an update.

While I'm doing this Ethan is working on a MAJOR gallery/image management redo. The new stuff is all drag and drop and well... impressive. Basically we're banishing checkboxes from image management and trying to better define galleries and in turn fix a lot of those tools. Those changes will likely make it into the site before mine and will come in handy to some of our bigger image uploaders. Andy is working on some additions to our search functionality and working on requests from the API forums.

Mostly the things I'm most excited about is showcasing the crew downstairs content a little better. I think if you don't check the site everyday you can miss a lot of the funny vids they add to the site daily. Right now we do a pretty poor job at promoting vids, news, guides and user reviews on the game pages. I've reworked those pages the most and it's nice to see VInny's stuff float up better. In general I'm just happy with the way things are actually looking from a cleanliness perspective. I've tried to cut down the length of our pages without losing content. It's not the easiest thing to do, but I've spent a lot more time on font sizing and line heights this time to make things in general more readable.

In any case, that's what I'm up to. I'll likely add some screenshots to this post in a half hour or so when my local database is finished rebuilding. I guess that just leaves me raiding the vinyl collection at the office till the db is built. Right now Jackson Browne's Running on Empty is on. 
Posted by bwooduhs

Can't wait dude keep up the good work.

Posted by serbsta

Looks very awesome, cant wait for the gallery tools to go live, that should make things a lot easier.

Posted by strangeling

Sounds nice.  Keep up the good work.

I have noticed that about the videos and news and such, but I have time to visit every night.  It'll be nice for those who can only visit a couple times a week though, and for going back to re-view something at a later time.
Bonus points for vinyl.
Edited by jlrm01

Looks great. I'm really looking forward to the new image stuff (as expected ^_^;). I hope those see next / previous arrows show up in every "kind" of search, to prevent image linking problems (not finding what you want).

Posted by JJOR64

Awesome.  Can't wait.

Posted by snide
jlrm01 said:
"Looks great. I'm really looking forward to the new image stuff (as expected ^_^;). I hope those "see next / previous" arrows show up in every kind of search, to prevent image linking problems (not finding what you want)."
That's the plan.
Edited by jlrm01

Is the ability to add images to a page (like a game or character page) from a gallery in our profile (not add the entire gallery to forum posts or guides and such, as it is now) part of the improvements? (If you can say...) I see Users as one of the search options, but I wonder if it can be used for the galleries (my own, anyway)...

Posted by AlexMarra

Go go go!

Posted by SoothsayerGB

Looks great can't wait for the changes!  Thanks for the update!

Posted by c1337us

Sounds like the changes are going to be great, looking forward to seeing it all action.

Posted by MattyFTM

Sounds good. Looking forward to it.

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Posted by Rowr

awesome, keep up the good work.

Posted by Endogene
snide said:
"jlrm01 said:
"Looks great. I'm really looking forward to the new image stuff (as expected ^_^;). I hope those "see next / previous" arrows show up in every kind of search, to prevent image linking problems (not finding what you want)."
That's the plan."
<3
Posted by OGCartman

Honestly, i hate when good things change, but i gotta admit
It sounds awesome :D

Posted by RandomHero666

Looks and sounds awesome Snide, Cant wait to see it in all its pixelated glory.

Posted by mracoon

It looks great, can't wait.

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Posted by MattBodega

Who knew Rounded Buttons were still a threat?
Can't wait to see the redesign, Snide! Can't wait to see all those different shades of black!

Posted by Willy105

These upgrades always seem to make the site alive, unlike other sites.

Posted by Hamz

I am genuinely psyched to hear the update stuff is gaining speed. All aboard the Snide train is it?.....ok I fail at Gears of War memes but regardless I am really looking forward to seeing this stuff in action!

Posted by RenegadeSaint

Everyone's commitment to this site is amazing.  You already have one of the cleanest, most functional sites on the web, and you guys strive to make it even better. 

My heart belongs to GiantBomb.

Edited by brukaoru
Right now we do a pretty poor job at promoting vids, news, guides and user reviews on the game pages. I've reworked those pages the most and it's nice to see VInny's stuff float up better.
This will be fantastic. Will definitely help get user's content recognized better.

I'm really happy things are going relatively smooth with the new site layout, keep up the great work guys!
Posted by super_machine

Snide, will I be able to input text in forums from my iphone? I can enter login text to access my profile on GB from the phone,but I can post. I know its not practical, but sometimes when I'm on the go I like to check the site.

Posted by CitizenKane
Posted by Snail

Looks great! Keep it up!

Posted by Dethfish

What is the reason for the re-design? I think the site it already pretty sweet.

Edited by MattyFTM
Dethfish77 said:
"What is the reason for the re-design? I think the site it already pretty sweet."
Making the site sweeter is the reason.
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Posted by snide
Dethfish77 said:
"What is the reason for the re-design? I think the site it already pretty sweet."
Thanks. We built it pretty quick back in the summer. We're just taking a chance here in the slow months to try and make it better. It's not a drastic redesign outside from the profiles and home page. The menu, navigation and editing system are seeing very minimal changes. It should be a pretty mellow reaction as far as "where is this now" stuff. It's mostly just a restyle.
Posted by Pibo47

Its looking most sexy.

Edited by PapaLazarou

Does that star bug still exist where it doesn't display the right amount of stars in user reviews?


I'm glad that the site is getting a redesign because while I love the easy to navigate look and the light on dark (How I like my porn) theres lots of bugs and annoying things like I said above ^.  Also how come we don't get points for user reviews because that is contributing to the site.

Posted by wefwefasdf

You guys are doing an awesome job. :D

Posted by ThomasP

Thanks for the update Snide. I can't wait to see the outcome. It'll be like launch all over again... kind of.

Posted by Pie

Coolio

Posted by Kowalski

It just keeps getting better. I've taken a couple of months of from this site, in terms of participation outside of the blog and bombcast and there seems to have been a few upgrades here and there in the community aspect, editing and such.  Truly evolving, and that's just sugar on top since it started off pretty amazing.

Posted by RHCPfan24

+1 for the effort. Sounds awesome, and I cannot wait to see it in action. Hearing that my favorite site is getting even better makes me very excited :)

Also, hearing that you guys are improving the already excellent photo tools also sounds great. You guys have the best image tools on any game site I have used, so I can't even imagine it getting any better.


Great job, and you obviously already listened to it, but "The Load Out/Stay" is a great song. I am going to listen to that myself in a little bit.

Posted by GreggD

I'm sure I'll like it. The only thing I haven't liked about this site so far was the beta. And even then, it just the beta. Looking forward to the redesign.

Posted by GamerGeek360

I can't wait to see the new design! It looks pretty nice! Keep up the great work all of you!

Posted by BothBarsOn

Lookin' good. Can't wait.

Posted by Tearhead

Are you guys working on videogame collections for this update too?

Posted by coonce

looking great dave. it is tough going back and looking at the live site because the branch ur working on kicks so much ass. keep up the good work brother  :)

Posted by Will

Sounds good, cant wait for the new layout etc. Good luck!

Posted by AltDimension

Any chances we'll be seeing that new improved search, as pictured?