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    Amy
  Thu May 01, 2014 11:07 am
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Dabba de dabba die, dabba dee, dabba die, dabba de dabba die, dabba dee, dabba die dabba dee dabba die

So I did some editing following Xilef's input and made the forums blue again for the first time in five years. I would thoroughly appreciate your feedback!


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    Xilef
  Thu May 01, 2014 11:39 am
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It looks the same to me


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    Amy
  Thu May 01, 2014 12:05 pm
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Oh. Cache maybe?


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    Xilef
  Thu May 01, 2014 12:31 pm
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AHHHHH yes it was the cache, sorry! (Cache on 5 different devices, too!)

Remember to Ctrl + Refresh, people!

But as for comment, I'm not sure I like it D:

The red had a very communist feel to it and darkened the screen, now it feels washed out and overtly pale, if you're going for blue on a website either go super subtle with nearly white blue or go full on with something that is more striking in colour

Did you lighten the gradient at the top, too?


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    Perihelion
  Thu May 01, 2014 12:54 pm
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I agree. I think darker blue might look better.

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    Xilef
  Thu May 01, 2014 1:04 pm
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I also made these forum/subforum read/unread icons that have the cog slapped in the side of them

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I would imagine the rest of the blue used on the board being a few shades darker than these buttons.

Opinions?

EDIT: alternative subforum icons
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    Amy
  Thu May 01, 2014 6:43 pm
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Ooh, pretty. How's that!?


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    Xilef
  Thu May 01, 2014 7:21 pm
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I'd go even darker with the bars.
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^ Perhaps even reduce the saturation a bit

And the read icons look weird with their red tint now that I see them on the board, I've changed them so they are a desaturated blue (probably not good for visibility).
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Alternative:
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Refresh your cache to see (Ctrl F5)

EDIT: Perhaps even go flat with the bars and remove the gloss entirely


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    Jason
  Thu May 01, 2014 7:27 pm
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Hmm, maybe it's just me, but to go with the new blue theme, I think we should have the background gradient blue too, instead of grey.

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    Xilef
  Thu May 01, 2014 7:29 pm
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Yeah try a gradient blue background and see how that looks.

I tried tinting and flattening the categories background, tell me what you think
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EDIT: Woah, getting more gorgeous there, I like this iterative theming XD

The "read" icons probably need some thinking around still, someone help out here D:


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    Jason
  Thu May 01, 2014 7:31 pm
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Hmm, personally I liked the lighter bars, but think they'd be better with more saturation... right now they seem a little TOO dark, y'know? Although it does help the text stand out.

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    Xilef
  Thu May 01, 2014 7:33 pm
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Jason wrote:
Although it does help the text stand out.

I think this is most important factor, though.

Perhaps go back to light but have dark stripes like in the thread bars? We have that 3/4 px striping effect going on in some places.


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    Amy
  Thu May 01, 2014 7:33 pm
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Thanks for the help guys, this is invaluable.

As for the read/unread icons: would a sort of purply-red look good for new posts, vBulletin style?


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    Xilef
  Thu May 01, 2014 7:39 pm
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I don't think any red among the blue would look great at all, design charts say that yellow should be the accented colour (sorry those with yellow/blue colour-blindness)

Check out this website: http://colorschemedesigner.com/
This is the value blue I am currently using on it: 374B88

I think the analogic colour scheme would work okay, that involves purples and turquoise as the other colours

I looked at lightening the bars with those stripes like I said:
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Reminds me of the dragon kid days. Not sure I like it though


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    Amy
  Thu May 01, 2014 7:41 pm
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Bit of a weird request but um, I kinda read every post on the forum, could someone post in a board so I can see how the unread icons look? :blush:


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    Xilef
  Thu May 01, 2014 7:47 pm
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I see you're trying out complimentary colours, I kind of like it but the shade makes the icons lose all their depth (Colourised?)

It's fab that we can do a refresh and watch the forum slowly change!

EDIT: I like this shadow of yellow as it really highlights that there's new posts to view, it encourages me to click through and check them out


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    Jason
  Thu May 01, 2014 7:52 pm
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Ooh I really like that colour blue and orange you've got going now, you should definitely keep it that way!

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    Jason
  Thu May 01, 2014 7:52 pm
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Now work on the background gradient! BLUE AHOY! :box:

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    Xilef
  Thu May 01, 2014 7:55 pm
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Guys! Look at the homepage! This is looking bloody awesome :thumb: :thumb:


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    bluehazed
  Thu May 01, 2014 7:56 pm
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    bluehazed
  Thu May 01, 2014 7:57 pm
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    Xilef
  Thu May 01, 2014 7:59 pm
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I think I personally prefer the lighter cogs on the top gradient to the darker ones

EDIT: The site looks so fresh and awesome now, good job everyone!

And awkwardly the buttons on the portal that I complained about originally now look too bright :x
They were made to compliment the 1px blue border around their sections, but now I think they should be tinted darker to reflect the forum background colour.

Very well done everyone, I think the site is really fantastic looking now!


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    Amy
  Thu May 01, 2014 8:01 pm
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Thanks, think I'll take a break to sit back and see how it looks and allow feedback to settle before making other changes.

As a side bonus I exported the images properly this time, they're much smaller, which should really help our page loads.


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    Jason
  Thu May 01, 2014 8:18 pm
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Ooh, looks nice now lol... although we need MOAR BLUE CAP'N!

... Not really sure where, but even with the blue background and forum headers, it feels like we could have more somewhere, lol. *shrugs*

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    Xilef
  Thu May 01, 2014 8:19 pm
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Jason wrote:
... Not really sure where, but even with the blue background and forum headers, it feels like we could have more somewhere, lol. *shrugs*

Perhaps within the actual threads, but I can't really see an obvious place for blue'ing it up. I think settling with the current changes for the time being is good enough for now.


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    Jason
  Thu May 01, 2014 8:49 pm
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Well I was thinking more along the lines of the grey bars that display the post time and username, or even where it says post a reply and the preview and submit buttons are... Maybe the bar right at the top with the navigation links (Home, forums, chat etc. etc.) could be blue with white text instead?

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    Amy
  Thu May 01, 2014 10:26 pm
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Blue profile/pm/e-mail buttons maybe?


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    Jason
  Thu May 01, 2014 10:28 pm
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Yeah you could try that too, see how it looks.

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    Fusty
  Fri May 02, 2014 10:57 am
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Just dropping by to tell you this looks really good! Don't know how to explain it... the site seems to look more... inviting? Gj anyways.


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    Amy
  Fri May 02, 2014 11:03 am
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Thanks, I think so too.

Also an unexpected twist is that the two most active user types, mods and sponsors, match the theme, with awesome bros highlighted more and members not too stark.


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