We don’t redesign lightly or easily here at Gretsch Pages HQ. Full-on redesigns are messy, and usually a bad idea. Things break. Things get lost. The old way turns out to be better.
And yet today we’ve launched a fully redesigned Gretsch Pages. Why?
Well, the old design dates back more than five years, with a couple of refreshes along the way. But it’s not the age that killed it. The design had held up pretty well, when used for its intended purpose. It’s that the web and the world had changed around it.
Phones. Tablets. E-Readers. We just don’t all sit down at our 17” monitor with a nice, predictable 1024-pixel resolution anymore.
In 2012, you simply can’t design for a 1024 monitor any more. It doesn’t exist anymore (except on an iPad).
So it had to work across the dizzying array of devices out there now, and coming soon. It had to address shortcomings, and maybe answer a few small wishes. So here we are…
- Nearly everything has been re-written under the hood to be faster and more reliable.
- Navigation around the site is vastly improved. It’s easier to tell what’s going on in other sections, and easier to get there.
- Almost every section came in for improvements in usability.
- it is, as far as I know, the world’s first full-featured forum that work wells on both mobile.
Most of the new features are small, and you may not even notice them for awhile: Events keep a running total of giveaways, for example, and when one is open it lights up.
Other things you should notice right away, like the ability to set your style preference.
I’d like to give a special thanks to Danman for the gorgeous background photos, and to all the beta testers who poked and prodded at this thing and watched me toss it out and start over at least twice.
If you spot a problem, let me know. If you can tell me which browser, the approximate window size, and which page you were on, it is an immense help tracking the problem down.
Which reminds me, if you still happen to be on IE6, this isn’t going to work out. You’ll need to upgrade your browser, or try Chrome Frame, which reinvigorates that old browser like a double-shot of Geritol with a espresso chaser.
It’s a modern site, and it’ll look best on a modern browser. Chrome and Safari do best, followed by Firefox.
I hope you like it. Forgive us (and notify us of) the occasional rough edge. We’re still polishing.
Phones. Tablets. E-Readers. We just don’t all sit down at our 17” monitor with a nice, predictable 1024-pixel resolution anymore. In 2012, you simply can’t design for a 1024 monitor any more. It doesn’t exist anymore (except on an iPad).