Update at 11:15
Public Service Announcement: Due to popular UN-demand, the front page mockup displayed in this post has been cancelled.
We will not be going with the front page design in the mockup below. Carry on.
Hey, everyone. WaterGirl here with a bit more information and another mockup for you from the site rebuild. Yesterday we looked at a mockup of a single thread with comments. Today is a mockup of the front page.
In case you missed yesterday’s thread, it’s called:
Balloon Juice Site Rebuild – Sneak Peek
I explained a bit about the process in Sundays site rebuild thread, so I won’t repeat myself here except to say that we’re going for here is streamlined and zippy, not flashy with a lot of bells and whistles. We still want it to feel like home, and we’re kind of excited about how it is shaping up. This is your second chance to see what it looks like so far and let us know how you feel about the design.
We are nearing the end of the design and mockup phase and we will likely be moving on to development on Wednesday. Once the programming begins, there’s not a lot of room for adding functionality or changing the look, the fonts, the overall design, etc. So this is your chance to share your thoughts in a way that could influence the outcome is right now, over the next couple of days, not once development starts or when the site goes live.
There were four basic choices for the front page:
1) what we have now on BJ, where the whole page and all the images display no matter how long the post is and how many images there are.
2) titles and one large featured image (regardless of how many images or twitter comments are in the post) and 5-7 lines of text from the post.
3) titles and 5-7 lines of text from the post, but no images, with several multiple posts appearing on the screen.
4) titles and 5-7 lines of text from the post and a thumbnail image, with several multiple posts appearing on the screen.
We saw mockups of all of them, and the site rebuild is moving forward door #4. Some things have already changed from the front page mockup below, but this should give you a rough idea of what it will look like.
What I wrote yesterday still holds:
So jump in and tell us what you really think, and don’t worry about hurting anyone’s feelings. Oh, wait, this is Balloon Juice, never mind, I’m pretty sure that last part goes without saying. If you prefer to share your thoughts privately, you can send email to BJfestivus at that google mail place. Whichever way you share your thoughts, I promise we will read every word. Scratch that. I can’t speak for John, but I promise I will read every word.