Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Minor Updates

I know some of you have noticed but I've been making some minor upgrades to the visual aspect of the blog. Figured I could address them here and get any feedback.

Most notably, I'm redoing all the logo graphics. You'll notice in the Third Jerseys section of the sidebar — where the majority of the logos are — they now have dark grey backgrounds instead of colors. No real reason behind the change. I just get bored looking at the same thing every day.

Thing is, I can't decide whether I like the darker background or the lighter one so I figured I'd do a quick reader poll. It's on the right. Which do you prefer? Darker or lighter backgrounds? The poll closes tonight.

For an example of a lighter background, check out the logos that have been added to the Rebranding the NHL section. I think it's a better representation for Matt's work than plain text links. Clicking on a logo will take you to the post where that rebrand was featured here or at NHLToL. I'll also be adding links to the jerseys available for NHL 08 made by DRutka. I've been meaning to do that for a while but I've had other things on my plate.

Also made some small improvements to the championship banners. Should make them look nicer.

As you know I'm always looking for ways to make things better. If you have any ideas or suggestions, don't hesitate to let me know. And don't forget about tomorrow's Live Chat at 11:30 AM EDT for the first third jersey unveiling.


Resist The Machine. said...

Lighter background makes the logos standout more thoroughly.

Puddleglum81 said...

One suggestion Chris; I noticed you're putting a highlight of some kind of the logo itself, I think this washes the logo out. Of course it's your blog, I just think the logos would pop harder without the additional wash. Love the blog man, keep up the good work!

Cornelius Hardenbergh said...

For the rebrands, you should add Alt tags so that the ones that aren't obvious (I'm looking at you, right-side middle- and low-height logos). Also, Resist the Machine is right about the logos popping out more on a lighter background. This site is about the logos (and jerseys and center ices and goalie helmets and if it sticks around long enough, probably player tattoos) and you should highlight them. Otherwise, keep up the great work!

Jacob said...

I agree - the logos stand out more on the lighter background. And they do look kind of washed out with the highlight. Since you asked.

roccot said...

I'd go with the lighter shade and make it considerably lighter.

Simple drop shadow around the entire logo would be good. Similar to how you are displaying the winning IHA logos.

The site is vastly improved over a short time ago.

Nathan said...

Chris, I am refraining from this vote mainly because I don't really have a preference. I think they both look great. You are doing an awesome job. This entire site is looking very very good. I don't know how you are able to find the time for this, but I for one really appreciate it.

Chris said...

Holy crap. You guys are as torn on this issue as I am! After 400 votes we're still 50/50! Hilarious.

It's okay because I've decided I like the light backgrounds better. Feel free to keep voting but I'm going to start changing graphics later tonight.

Thanks for voting!

Silver said...

Hey Chris,

Will any rebrands be availabe for NHL 09? If so, on which platforms?

Jason said...

I missed the poll, but I prefer light backgrounds.

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