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Thursday, July 07, 2005

Sir Humphrey's Mk III mockup design

UPDATE: Very preliminary preview at sirhumphreysbackup.blogspot.com

What do you guys think?

Sir Humphrey's Mk III mockup2

Posted by Antarctic Lemur | 7/07/2005 08:44:00 am

20 Comments:

Blogger Whaleoil said...

Nice but did you have to mention the "suspended one" twice ;)

7/07/2005 09:08:00 am  
Blogger sagenz said...

I like it. very "newspaper"

7/07/2005 09:11:00 am  
Blogger Adolf Fiinkensein said...

I'm a grumpy older bugger and I never like change. A pity I think to scruvh up the main text. There again, everything is a compromise but I really do prefer the current width.

7/07/2005 09:14:00 am  
Blogger Antarctic Lemur said...

Adolf, I can widen the central portion (as Stuff does, but NZ Herald does not), but first I need to move it into production and test for bugs.

7/07/2005 09:23:00 am  
Blogger Too Right said...

Layout works well - I like it.

7/07/2005 09:50:00 am  
Blogger Antarctic Lemur said...

With Mk IV I'd like to add moderated forums, multiple easily customisable panels, and of course the old categories feature that Blogger badly lacks.

7/07/2005 10:06:00 am  
Blogger Chris said...

It looks very flash.

7/07/2005 10:24:00 am  
Blogger Keith said...

The ceiling could do with a second coat...

7/07/2005 10:49:00 am  
Blogger ZenTiger said...

Looks great!

Now how about some "flavour"?

I'd still like to see a bit more colour, and the only thing I can think of is maybe the headlines code be a different colour? (But not blue, as that is for links)

Also, do we go corny (I like corny) and say "Press Release by" instead of "Posted by" and phrases more towards a Sir Humphreys Public Service:

* Recent Policy Statements (Recent..)
* Press Release (Posts)
* Sources (Blogrolls)
* FOI Requests (Archives)
* Officials (Authors)
* Information Leaks (Comments)

Or whatever names our readers come up with??

7/07/2005 11:17:00 am  
Blogger Ashley Clarkson said...

Clean, tidy and effective. Good overall design. Maybe a tad more colour, but not too much. Like Zen's ideas above.

7/07/2005 11:21:00 am  
Blogger RightWingDeathBeast said...

Looks classy Lemur.

I really like ZenTiger's ideas, except that we should keep the headings black as they are to stay with the newspaper vibe.

7/07/2005 11:38:00 am  
Blogger RightWingDeathBeast said...

Oh can I make one more suggestion about the archives?

Can we change the format from eg "03/20/2005-03/26/2005" to "March 2005."

It's easier to read than the American date format, plus having a whole month's archives on one page makes for fewer pages to search through if you're looking for an old post with an unknown date.

7/07/2005 11:42:00 am  
Blogger Lucyna said...

I like most of it. I'm not too sure about the 4 buttons on the top left, as that kind of detracts from the title.

7/07/2005 12:10:00 pm  
Blogger Gooner said...

I like it. Wanna change mine too?

7/07/2005 12:17:00 pm  
Blogger ZenTiger said...

Just noticed the date header is red. That works well and makes the difference I think.

Another way of inserting colour is to have a couple of colour pictures/graphics in the sideblog that are appropriate.

I'll see if I can (a) find anything (b) that would be nice, easy and not too big to put forward for cnsideration.

7/07/2005 12:35:00 pm  
Blogger Antarctic Lemur said...

RWDB: Two problems with the archives.
(1) When I set it to month-long intervals I crash Blogger.
(2) They date format has to be American-style for the Recent Comments Javascript code to work. When I get around to it I'll change the recent comments code (it has a major flaw).

Zen: I think some use of colour is good, especially as photos in the sidebars. I have to get some other issues sorted first, such as the padding and margins appearing the same way in Cursed Internet Explorer as they do in Firefox.

7/07/2005 01:14:00 pm  
Blogger Gman said...

I wopuld leave the header alone...it's nice to see The good sir's slightly smug mona-lisa smile alone up there.

I have the complete Diaries of the Right Hon James Hacker (in two volumes) if you would like to borrow them.

Gman

7/07/2005 01:50:00 pm  
Blogger PC said...

Looks very good. I'm envious. Are you adding trackback? Then you would be able to see the nice things I've already said about the mockup. :-)

7/07/2005 03:42:00 pm  
Blogger Antarctic Lemur said...

PC: forgot about the trackback - its easy to add (as you have) by only using that function as provided by Haloscan. Will give it a try, though I think only Rodney Hide has it implemented properly (as part of the comments system).

7/07/2005 03:59:00 pm  
Blogger reid said...

Nice, but three suggestions.

(1) Change the background color of the "Special" box (yellow on white never works). I suggest you try a blue background: RGB 50, 150, 255 with white text.

(2) Lighten up the sidebar headings, currently in black block background with white text, as illustrated in principle by this guy's sidebar labels. Use diff colors or fonts than this guy, but you see the idea.

(3) Can you implement site search? If so, put a search box right at the top.

7/07/2005 05:55:00 pm  

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