Version 2

Tuesday, September 27, 2005 at 7:03 am | Comments off

Welcome to version 2 of Please feel free to take a look around, but remember that I'm working on the site right now, so some stuff may be broken for the time being. Bear with me for a bit, and everything will be back even better than before. I'll also be sure to post a more thorough entry outlining what has been accomplished with this redesign.


September 27th, 2005
7:26 AM | #

You caught me a little off guard. I though I had hit the wrong site! I was here, and I came back 5 minutes later for the blogroll and the design had changed!

I like some parts, dislike others, but jsut a matter of personal preference.
Like you said, you're still working on it, so maybe you'll get those things out. (for instance, the nav is kind of bland and could use some subtle enhancements, not sure what though.)

All in all, looks decent. I'm glad you got rid of all those links up top it was starting to get cluttered.
I also like how you've implemented the recent comments, and added a time to the blogroll.
Have you fixed the script that orders those? DxF and a few others have been at the top with no new posts or comments this last week or two.


September 27th, 2005
10:32 AM | #

I like it.

I have always been one for a clean style and simplicity.

Kinda got a thing going on.

Top marks :)

Martin Neczypor
September 27th, 2005
1:36 PM | #

It sort of reminds me of Asterisk and Subtraction but that isn't a bad thing. It's definately more updated and its looking quite nice. The thing I like most about this design so far is that awesome R you have going on. Great work, mate.

Ryan Brill
September 27th, 2005
5:33 PM | #

Pete -
The blogroll is pulled from, so for some odd reason DxF must be pinging I've been frusterated lately with sites pinging when there is no update (or pinging for each comment!) Maybe it's time to find an alternative...

Martin -
Yep, Subtraction and (the old) Astrisk were just two of many sites used for inspiration. Glad you like the R - I'd have to say it's my favorite part of the new design, as well. ;)

Cody Lindley
September 27th, 2005
5:52 PM | #

Dito what Martin said, as well has nice job Ryan! I like it, lots!

Jonathan Fenocchi
September 27th, 2005
6:55 PM | #

It looks nice, Ryan, good job. The big square navigation appears to be all the rage, does it not? Personally I'd like to have seen just a little bit more imagery, but it's still a nice design.

September 27th, 2005
7:34 PM | #

Holy crap, Ryan! This is amazing! I did not expect this when I came back to look at your Macromedia post!

Nice work!

Brian Barbutti
September 27th, 2005
8:12 PM | #

So simple and yet so perfect...
Congratulations Ryan, it was about time for a redesign!

Ryan Brill
September 27th, 2005
9:02 PM | #

Brian -
You're telling me! I got sick of my old design a long time ago, and only just had time to finish up this design and get it out the door. I've been working on it slowly but surely since May...!

September 27th, 2005
9:24 PM | #

Sweetness, I like it.

Jordon Brill
September 27th, 2005
9:45 PM | #

Nice work... I too thought that I had typed in the wrong URL when this site came up. It is definately an improvement. Keep up da good work.

The Pimpin Gram
September 28th, 2005
4:53 AM | #

Hey Ry Ry!! What a great job you're doing on your blog; but I think maybe I'd like to see a little bit of frill around the edges; a logo maybe? Something to jazz it up a bit. I love reading thru it; very well written and interesting! Who knew, lol!!

Oliver Zheng
September 28th, 2005
5:04 AM | #

Nice design. I don't know what the design prior to this one looked like, but this one looks really fresh and pleasing.

September 28th, 2005
5:51 AM | #

I always love your designs and this time is no exception. Neczy was thinking what I was thinking, but Chris has a nice point too. For whatever reason, it seems a bit like Novell to me. Not that that any of those three sites looks bad. Not in the least. I like the new design.

Mike Purvis
September 28th, 2005
6:10 AM | #

I've been trying to make things a little less spartan recently... something in me figures more stuff on the page means greater chance of being unique.

But you've done good job of mastering the more simple. Looks sweet. And allows you to really focus on the finer details that I always skim over.

Ryan Brill
September 28th, 2005
6:24 AM | #

Interesting, the similarities people have seen between my new design and Novell's site, as I can honestly say I don't remember seeing the Novell site until I pulled it up after Chris's comment.

September 28th, 2005
6:39 AM | #

Don't listen to them, Ryan. The only thing this and the Novell site have in common is the color scheme, and I can name a dozen or three others that use the same. The most obvious inspiration here is that of the (old)

Honestly, I can't say I'm a huge fan of this design, but I never like things at first. It'll most likely start to grow on me. I just usually prefer a little more graphical experience.

Ryan Brill
September 28th, 2005
6:44 AM | #

Daniel -
I don't think anyone was saying I copied the Novell site, at least I didn't take it that way. I just thought it would be interesting to point out that I hadn't seen the Novell site during the design process.

Hopefully it'll grow on you - maybe a post about my design process will help. ;)

September 28th, 2005
6:52 AM | #

Looks really nice. I like the comments styling as well.

This comment was edited by Jason at 06:53 am

September 28th, 2005
10:43 AM | #

Ryan - I was not saying you ripped it or anything... I was just comparing it to something.

anyway... what happened to typespace?

September 28th, 2005
1:47 PM | #

Now THIS I like!

David Brent
September 28th, 2005
3:52 PM | #

Great redesign Ryan. Like others pointed out, the comments styles are quite well done. It was a style I implemeneted in my faux pas redesign a few weeks back. Are you still working with TypeSpace on this site?

Nathan Logan
September 29th, 2005
2:35 AM | #

This was a nice surprise. Very, very cool. Your blogroll especially.

Cheers to a job well done!

Ryan Brill
September 29th, 2005
6:11 AM | #

David -
Yes, I am still working on TypeSpace. Maybe re-working on TypeSpace, but perhaps I'm getting ahead of myself. News on this shortly...

Robert Wellock
October 4th, 2005
12:33 PM | #

I go for a long summer vacation offline for three months and all's changed; it's like interesting stuff...

April 22nd, 2006
8:46 AM | #

I really like it! Very nice work...

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