No Mutants Allowed front-page redesign

Discussion in 'NMA News and Information' started by Brother None, Apr 5, 2012.

  1. Brother None

    Brother None This ghoul has seen it all
    Staff Member Admin Orderite

    Apr 3, 2003
    As a site run by volunteers who get no compensation, NMA has never been too fast on the draw on updating the websites, forums and look. We're slowly progressing though, planning a forum update (hopefully soon) and updates to website functionality.

    In the meantime though, we have a new front-page design, created by NMA users Wooz and monsharen, with Odin and korindabar doing much of the behind-screen work on the website and forum functionality.

    The new re-design is quite a jump from the old so no doubt many will shout foul, but the layout is quite similar, while it is more functional than the old one: it is much smaller and should thus load more easily, the dropdown menus and gallery menu have been improved, social buttons have been added for further integration, and the color scheme and custom fonts should make for superior usability. The header - simply text now - should be rotated in coming years, so you probably will see good old Marcus back in the header at some point.

    Provide feedback in this thread.
  2. Rev. Layle

    Rev. Layle A Smooth-Skin

    Jul 26, 2005
    Nice :) Wish I could say more, but the design is clean. I wonder if the identity NMA had in the old design is lost here?

    Kinda miss Marcus at the top, however.
  3. archont

    archont It Wandered In From the Wastes

    Jul 20, 2008
    The old look was instantly recognizable, familiarly clunky and homely in the good sense.

    When I checked the news (the news for the redesign didn't show yet) and saw the new site I kind of jumped - you know that instant instinctive feeling of "OHGOD" you get when you're caught unaware when while browsing completely SFW material you suddenly come up to some particularly screamer/shock site?

    That's the feeling I had.

    It's servicable and the fallout-y theme is nice. But it's nothing visually stunning - it's more usable than the old look but not an improvement in the aesthetic departament - particularly the colors. THE COLORS!
  4. rehevkor

    rehevkor It Wandered In From the Wastes

    Nov 19, 2005
    I'm surprised you've not added "Wasteland" sections.
  5. Dude101

    Dude101 Vault Fossil

    Aug 3, 2005
    The white background is raping my eyes a bit. It should be a little darker IMO. Looks good though.
  6. Lexx

    Lexx Testament to the ghoul lifespan
    Moderator Modder

    Apr 24, 2005
    I think it looks pretty okay. Not the first redesign of NMA that I am living through and it never bothered me. Especially because I am mostly only reading in the forum anyway.

    Just hope that the forum redesign will not be a too big change. I got very used to the bright text on dark ground theme around here.
  7. TheSHEEEP

    TheSHEEEP It Wandered In From the Wastes

    Jan 22, 2007
    Definitely agree here. It really bites somehow.
    Likely because it has such a contrast to the background image. Why not use the color of that as the background instead of white?

    I just changed the background of the "#main" in the CSS to #EEEEEE instead of the background image, and it really helped a lot, IMO.
  8. TorontoReign

    TorontoReign Shoot me again. I ain't dead yet. Staff Member Moderator

    Apr 1, 2005
    For some reason I like this better than the previous layout. I instantly recognized that something had changed when it loaded up, and I like it quite a bit. The old layout is kinda ugly IMO. I think it is the green that throws me off. Nice job dudes! :salute:
  9. Mr Fish

    Mr Fish Snug Rubber

    Sep 11, 2010
    I liked the old colours a lot more, the new ones made me feel like I had opened a pop-up to some random advert site.

    Also, I don't like that the old banner is gone.

    I dunno about it's functionality, if it's improve or worsened, I'll have to wait a couple of days for that.

    But the redesign from a puretly superficial perspective is awful, at least for me.
    Old one felt very... Fallout... Somehow, the new one feels... Well, like some random advert site from accidentally clickin a pop-up.

    Though I loathe change with websites in terms of how they look, the colours, the background, the font colours, the logo.
    Whenever something big happens I just hate it, never liked a single change I've experienced.

    And yeah the white is hurting my eyes, would have preferred yellow/beige officer paper colour. It's more lenient on the eyes.


    Found something else to nag about, the comment link for news used to be in the upper right corner and now it's in the lower right corner.
    I'm sure I'll grow accustomed to it after some time but I gotta ask, why change it?
    I mean, it seems like whenever a forum or site gets updated there is always some unnecessary changes which makes me think they changed it for the sake of changing it, not for the sake of functionality or improved layout.

    Like I said, I'll probably grow used to it in a couple of weeks, just seems redundant to change something like that.
  10. egalor

    egalor Look, Ma! Two Heads!

    Jun 20, 2007
    Nice re-design, but the colour pallette has changed drastically. It might take some time to get used to.

    As for the forums, I'd really appreciate if you would keep the same green-on-black combination.
  11. grayx

    grayx It Wandered In From the Wastes

    Mar 3, 2008
    I like these forums colors, but those colors on the front page are ok too (it's a big contrast tho, between black forum's bkground and the whiteish one at the start page). I'm sure there will be some more tinkering ahead, but all in all, I like the change.

    Have an issue - I can't access gallery as easily as before (by simple click on the picture on the front page).
  12. Brother None

    Brother None This ghoul has seen it all
    Staff Member Admin Orderite

    Apr 3, 2003
    It will be available as an option even if it won't be our main style.

    Yeah, the widgit we used won't link it for some reason. We're working on it.
  13. Eon

    Eon First time out of the vault

    Jul 3, 2004
    I like that new design. Clean and easy to read. Good job all around.
  14. Leon

    Leon A Smooth-Skin

    Oct 10, 2008
    I like it. Complaints about the light background get a partial agreement from me - I don't think it is a big deal, but light text on dark backing makes for easier reading for sure. Overall, very nice. Glad to see something new and fresh here, whether or not it's truly a necessary development.
  15. sbelton

    sbelton First time out of the vault

    Jul 17, 2008
    Wow, real shocker. I've been lurking on NMA for years, clicked on it today and boom, really a shock!

    The white is a bit much though, just burns my eyes!

    It's simple and clean, but it's a shame not to have Marcus there anymore!
  16. NovaRain

    NovaRain Casual Modder Modder

    Mar 10, 2007
    Don't know if it's just me, but the "features" section seems empty.
    And like Dude101 said, the background could be a little darker.
  17. K.C. Cool

    K.C. Cool It Wandered In From the Wastes

    Nov 4, 2005
    For the layout, contrast between elements, large condensed type for news, I think they are good choices. While the colors are drastically different, I think I liked the old ones because I was familiar with them; which is a shit reason to be married to it.

    Much better "latest image" viewer, I like the added interactivity.

    My only professional critique would be to make the header more interesting/contrasting (which you guys mentioned earlier), and have something done to the left side navigation to have it contrast a little from the main news body. My eye seems to wonder between the navigation and the news, it would be swell for something subtle to contain my eye within the news.

    Other than that, hot job guys. I like!
  18. jfreund

    jfreund First time out of the vault

    Jan 31, 2007
    You've raped the NMA site layout! I'm boycotting NMA!!!

    Seriously, though, I think it's pretty sharp :clap:
  19. SimpleMinded

    SimpleMinded Vault Fossil

    Jun 17, 2003
    Looks a lot nicer!

    Even though there are probably things you could do to improve it, it's a good leap forward. When browsing at work, I felt like everyone thought I was reading an old geocities site with the last design.

    The all white background on "no mutants allowed" though seemed like it was TOO much white. But good improvement!
  20. rcorporon

    rcorporon So Old I'm Losing Radiation Signs

    Jan 31, 2008
    I honestly never go to the front end of NMA and spend all my time here in the dark underbelly of the forums.

    Either way, I like the new look! Good job guys!