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New look for F-16.net

Unread postPosted: 25 May 2006, 11:53
by Lieven
We are really excited to finally launch the new design for F-16.net. It took us quite a while to finnish, but we have finally been able to get it to the point where we feel good about launching it.

The new logo and graphics at the top were designed by <a href="f-16_forum_profile-mode-viewprofile-u-2914.html">Peter Van Stigt</a>.

There is still more work we want to do and we will continue to work on it over the next weeks as time permits. Meanwhile, any feedback is welcome.

The F-16.net Team
Bjorn, Jon, Asif, Jeff, J.J. Habu, Stefaan, Lieven

New website/forum style

Unread postPosted: 25 May 2006, 11:53
by boff180
Hi guys, great work on the new F-16.net styling (the blue one) that appeared this morning.

I just have one point to make about it.

In firefox and IE, when on a screen bigger than 1024x768 (I'm on 1280x1024) the website is ONLY using the left two thirds of my browser.

This is fine for the website but for the forums, its squashing the threads up and making them even longer I'm afraid!

Just thought I'd let you know :)

Andy

RE: New website/forum style

Unread postPosted: 25 May 2006, 12:31
by Stefaan
Hey andy,

thanks for the feedback, glad you like the new layout! It took us quite some time to set it up and test it, but finally we felt it was ready for prime time :-)

First of all, I'd like to thank Peter van Stigt for designing the new logo and grapchics for the page header. We're really happy with it, so thanks Peter!

Second, all feedback is welcome - we'll be finetuning the layout in the next few weeks based on the feedback we receive.

Stefaan

RE: New website/forum style

Unread postPosted: 25 May 2006, 12:37
by Stefaan
To answer Andy's question about the text width in the forum: We chose indeed to limit the text width to 800pixels, for two reasons:

1. main reason is to make it easier to read. There's a lot of research available that confirms short text lines are easier to read, and optimum text width is less than 800pixels (if you print an 800 pixel page, you'd fill a standard A4 or Letter page, so no coincidence there)

2. some people still use a small computer screen (800pixels). (granted, these are becoming a minority, about 20% I think)

For us, reason 1 was the most important one. most of the big sites also limit text width to make their articles easier to read.

Just wanted to explain why we did it, but as I said we'll evaluate our design based on the feedback we receive.

Thanks,

stefaan

Unread postPosted: 25 May 2006, 13:22
by Ace02
WOW what a change! Sometimes change is a good thing and this place is no exception, it just keeps getting better and better. I really like the overall look and layout of the site. Everything is where I need it as I look around the basic page.

I do have a question about the banner ads. Their width fit the old layout but now it looks a little odd to have space on either side like that. (please pm me btw about advertising) Probably one of those things you can't fix right away but other than that... great job!

Guy

RE: New website/forum style

Unread postPosted: 25 May 2006, 13:22
by Meathook
I like it too, very nice, gives a 'fresh look" to a very cool and knowledgeable reference site - great work folks, I salute your efforts

Unread postPosted: 25 May 2006, 13:44
by J.J.
Looks very nice, guys! I love the bird at right, but I canĀ“t read the subline of the new styled F-16.net logo at left.

I checked my main topics for the new look, and I must say, the frame width is wide enough for posting pics and listings. Well done! Thank you!
:thumb:

Unread postPosted: 25 May 2006, 14:16
by PetervanStigt
Well done guys, and thanx for the compliment. I agree on the subline below the logo, it's almost unreadable. My mistake, I guess... Since I'm always working on High Resolution I guess I can expect a blank space to the right of the header, right..?

Greetz and keep it up, Peter

Unread postPosted: 25 May 2006, 14:27
by Guysmiley
I like the look of the new graphics! The forum width being fixed seems like a step backwards though.

It's hard
to read
titles when
they are
crumpled
into a small
area.

Just MHO.

Unread postPosted: 25 May 2006, 15:24
by MKopack
Wow, what a surprise as I logged on this morning. I like the new look, it's sharp and clean.

Question, over on my Lucky Devils site (http://www.lucky-devils.net) I've used the 'old' F-16.net logo as a banner/link. I'd like to update it to the 'new look'. Peter, do you think you could do up something like this? (a little better than my quickie attempt...)

I used the 'normal' sized artwork, but the forum expands it, link: http://www.lucky-devils.net/fence/testbanner.jpg
Image

Mike Kopack

Unread postPosted: 25 May 2006, 15:42
by Lightndattic
I'm loving the new look at well.

One thing I have noticed is below the google ads, there's a line that says this message will disappear after I logged in as a member. I did that and it's still there.

no biggie to me, but I thought you should know.

Unread postPosted: 25 May 2006, 15:47
by bozz
Good Work guys! :o :o :D Nice to have F22/F35 sections upfront and the new look is sleek. The top graphic is ok but could be better.

Unread postPosted: 25 May 2006, 16:18
by Stefaan
PetervanStigt wrote:Well done guys, and thanx for the compliment. I agree on the subline below the logo, it's almost unreadable. My mistake, I guess...


I think we scaled it down a bit too much - since I know what the tagline says, I never realized that it's actually hard to read - just looked over it. Will have to fix that!

as for high-resolution screens, I'd be interested to hear if a lot of people use their browser full-screen at really high resolution, and if they prefer to have the text fill the entire width of the screen. Personnally, I prefer shorter text lines since I find it reads easier - same reason why newspapers and magazines use multiple columns. But that's just me, so I'd like to hear it if you prefer wide-screen!

In the next few months, we will adapt some of the content to use more of the screen if you have a wider screen - the photo gallery would be an obvious example.

thanks again for all the feedback - keep posting!

stef

Unread postPosted: 25 May 2006, 16:25
by Stefaan
Lightndattic wrote:I'm loving the new look at well.

One thing I have noticed is below the google ads, there's a line that says this message will disappear after I logged in as a member. I did that and it's still there.

no biggie to me, but I thought you should know.


Thanks for pointing this out - I messed this one up in the new layout. It's fixed now!

stefaan

Unread postPosted: 25 May 2006, 17:35
by Jeff
Guys,

It looks GREAT :thumb: !!!

Thanks for all the hard work and keep it up, especially Peter :D !