May 21, 2006

New city, new look

A while back I lamented the fugliness of this site, but then I ended up scrapping my redesign efforts, and No Film School's less-than-stellar appearance persisted. For posterity's sake, until today, NFS looked like this:

While I knew this site needed an extreme makeover worthy of a shitty reality television series (is there any other kind?), I didn't exactly have the time to redesign the whole thing properly. So, this weekend I quickly jacked a theme from Bharath Kumar (thanks, Bharath), modified it a bit, and now you have the new, hopefully improved, No Film School. One day this site will look great; today is not that day. But it does look better, I think.

If you're a longtime No Film School reader (meaning, your name is John, Pat, Scott, or Becca), then you'll notice the organization of this site has changed. Categories have been simplified ("Internet Tanning" has changed to "Web," "Worthless Opinions on Worthwhile Issues" has changed to "Politics," etc.). The pages are now listed across the top, and there will be some new ones coming soon.

The biggest change is that the site is (finally) three columns. I'm of two minds on this; on one hand, the third column allows for more functionality. On the other, it distracts from the main text, which is what this site is (supposed to be) about. But given that I'm now a bona fide New Yorker, with actual stuff to do, my entries will likely become shorter (which no one will object to, I'm sure). On the other hand, the quality of my writing may also go (deeper?) in the shitter. So it goes.

I made all these changes in a hurry, so it's likely that I'll be tweaking and adding a lot in the weeks to come. Let me know what you think of the new look, and thanks as always for visiting. Hopefully now is when this story gets interesting.

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I like the new look. The wide format seems to be the trend, cnn.com and wsj.com for example recently moved to the 3 column, fixed-width style.

Is DEMO REEL all caps intentionally as a tab?

May 22, 2006 at 10:56AM, Edited September 4, 10:14AM

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pat

Nope. But "Demo Reel" is also not going to be its own page, it'll be part of an "Audiovisual" tab... once I get that up.

I used to like the idea of liquid designs much better--they seemed to make the most efficient use of space, no matter what the screen size--but once you get used to working on widescreen displays, you realize it's counterproductive to be maximizing your browser window to 1650 or 1440 or whatever width. Thus you end up using windows sized at 1000-and-change anyway.

The one thing I don't like about this new design is that I think it's less readable, despite using the same fonts as before. So it goes.

May 22, 2006 at 12:43PM, Edited September 4, 10:14AM

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Ryan Koo
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Since I'm so flattered to be listed as one of the four people who regularly read your site, I thought I should give you some feedback!

I don't know what a "three column" design actually means, but there's an endless columb of white space on the right-hand side of the screen, which I'm guessing is a result of that design? It's distracting, but I wonder if that's where "Asides" and "Recent Posts" should be? On my computer (sadly, a PC) those categories fall on the left, below your post about Colbert. I think anyone who's unfamiliar with your site wouldn't know to look for them there...

May 22, 2006 at 6:50PM, Edited September 4, 10:14AM

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Becca

Hmmm. Apparently this site ain't working right in Internet Explorer. Seems to work fine in everything else, though:

http://browsershots.org/website/1080091/

Right now I've got this wicked (see, I'm a northerner now) stomach flu, so I'll get to fixing it some other time. Thanks for letting me know.

May 22, 2006 at 8:20PM, Edited September 4, 10:14AM

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