We are our own worst critics and I am no exception to that. Since I last released this initial version of Intrepid Studios a year or two ago, I've always been unhappy with a few parts of the site and some of the design in general. This last week, I've been motivated to change that and fix things around here.
This last new year, one of my resolutions was to become more a part of the developer community whether that included more articles, more projects, contributing to projects, etc. Unfortunately, school and work interfere with that but I have made progress. Recently I've released a couple projects on CodeCanyon (the "app store" for code snippets) and I've undertaken redesigning Intrepid Studios. I also have a few drafts of articles to submit when I get around to them.
Anyway, this post is a sneak peek at some of the new changes coming to the site. Hopefully, they are much better than what's currently on here.
Give Me Feedback
Before I show you the preview, I wanted you to know you can give me direct feedback on different UI designs at my public WebSlide revision. Click on the comments link in the bottom right corner to post a comment to a specific slide.
Stay Connected and Up-to-Date
Right now, there's no easy way to keep up-to-date on my activity besides following the blog. Even then, I don't record everything I do here… to fix this, I've added RSS feeds to almost every aspect of the site including: all project activity, individual project activity, individual post activity, blog post archives, tags, and design activity. If you care, I created a neat little RssService that lets me transform (virtually) any LINQ query into an RSS feed using some basic mapping. Makes it a snap to create new RSS feeds for the site.
I've also added RSS icons to various places of interest, as well as tied into the browser address bar like most sites do.
Major UI Overhaul
Besides many back-end improvements, I've also spent a lot of time redesigning major portions of the site. I've also put some tender loving care into revamping parts of the site that currently aren't very… pretty (*cough*A lot of it*cough*). The reason some pages were left behind was priority and general laziness. It's high time to fix that! Here are some previews:
Main Designs Page
Individual Design Pages
Main Project Page
Individual Project Page
Individual Blog Posts and Comment Section
No Images, Oh My!
I am also a big proponent of standards-based web design. That's why all those cool transparency, shadow, layered backgrounds, and everything else except icons are all CSS-based. Yes, even those rotated tags (CSS 2D Transforms FTW!). Okay, the tags have one PNG background to them for that tag effect but still! The words in the background aren't CSS-based but I am thinking of it, since it is only Century Gothic.
When's It Due?
Soon. I just need to revamp a few more parts of the site and it will be ready to go live. Sometime this month I'll release it and I will also go through the improvements in a comprehensive blog post, letting you inside my mind and explaining why I made some changes that I did.
Until then, share your feedback from these glimpses, good or bad. I always look at feedback on my designs.