It’s another design update time! I’ve decided to celebrate our 1st birthday with the facelift of the project, blog, topic and workshop pages. As you can see life is never boring here on LumberJocks ;)
Here is the screenshot of the updated project page (one of the Mark’s projects serves as a nice example):
As you can see I’ve added handy statusbar/toolbar right under the project title. It summarizes all of the project “meta” info like the author, posted time (right now in ago format, once I add the support for TimeZones I will show real date as well), number of views, comments and new comments (if any). Edit link was moved to this toolbar too so look for it there if you want to edit your posts.
This toolbar is present also on the blog entry, topic and workshop pages to make your browing experience consistent.
Next is the author card that you can see on the left side. It contains author buddy icon, name, handy (again;) links to profile, projects, blog and also the number of postings done by the author since registration. So this card provides you quick summary about the author. And it also allowed us to save some space because the old author info boxes were too high and contained much less information.
You will see this author card on the blog and workshop pages too.
Now about the most “dramatic” change. After adding author card to the project I had dilemma about the position of the pictures. They didn’t look good above the author card and they didn’t look good below it either. So I asked myself: “Are the pictures essential part of the project?”.. as you can guess the answer is YES so why not display them prominently right above the project story? That’s exactly what I did. This way it was also possible to show slightly larger versions of the 2nd and 3rd picture. And they still don’t take too much space out of the story because they are presented in one compact row. Hope you like this.. I’m really interested to hear your opinions on this. I personally like it more now and encourage you to browse through some of your projects to see how better they look now ;)
And don’t forget to click on the pictures to enlarge them. I’ve changed the color scheme of the enlarged picture viewer from white on black to brown on white. Now it blends nicely with the rest of the LJ design. Tip: remember that you can switch between the images in the viewer directly by pressing P or N (previous, next) keys or by hovering over the current image and clicking either on the left half of it (goes to previous picture) or the right one (goes to next picture). More about this in the coming help.
OK that’s it. Hope these changes will make your experience here even more pleasant.
And stay tuned for the weekend.. we’re preparing the interview with our Winter Awards winners ;)