March 18, 2008

Under Construction

Please excuse our appearance over the next couple of days as we're playing around with different looks. Hopefully our new design will be more aesthetically pleasing and easier for you to navigate.

Let us know what you think! Leave a comment or email us at MadsVassar@gmail.com.

UPDATE: Your suggestions are being heard. We're going to try out some more looks, and hopefully all will be in order by the end of break. Keep commenting!

29 comments:

Anonymous said...

get rid of the ugly image of the quad. it's ugly and detracts from the overall quality of your blog

Anonymous said...

a) you shouldn't filter comments! just delete them if they're really bad. they really hinder conversation. albeit anonymous conversation.
b) for some reason the wider format makes it look like you'll be posting more frequently. maybe it's because it resembles a message board.

Anonymous said...

I think things could benefit from a more coherent color scheme. Right now the black/purple/teal/gray/maroon combination doesn't go very well together. I always found the purple on black a bit harsh anyways; if you're going for a redesign, a more muted theme (I like the use of the school colors - you could use shades of rose for some of the trim) might be more aesthetically appealing. In general, using more than one shade in the same color palette makes for a subtle but visually pleasing look. (The blogspot comment dialog I'm typing in right now is a good example of this.) By using just widely contrasting colors your current design is a bit distracting.

If you're going to have a banner header, you could use a picture of some of the Vassar scenery (we have gorgeous trees after all), sort of like on MiddBlog. The color-inverted quad picture was interesting but it got kind of old. Changing banner pictures every few weeks could also be fun.

As long as I'm being picky, how about fonts besides Arial and Verdana?

Just some thoughts I've had. Of course, what matters most is the content! Keep up the good work, Mads is entertaining.

Anonymous said...

um i just freaked out because i clicked on my madsvassar bookmark and everything was different! wow, i mean seriously i was worried for a second. whew, im ok now though. change is good. i love mads!!

Anonymous said...

If this is Mad's final look, gray+maroon+black+white+purple is a definite no no.
And a definite yes to unfiltered comments. :)

Anonymous said...

I mean. So far. Not good.

Anonymous said...

its a little blah.... i preferred the old one, but could do for a nicer change (which isnt this).... its just not very pleasing

Anonymous said...

mads should go gray and maroon, vassar's colors.

Anonymous said...

Helvetica.

Anonymous said...

More Wesleying, less Blog9.

Anonymous said...

more like light grey and light pink.
with a background that isn't black.

Anonymous said...

ewww no pink, we're not a girls school

Anonymous said...

Pink is no longer a "girl's" color!

Anonymous said...

Vassar's original colors were rose (a dusky pink) and gray. Depending on who you ask, the maroon was either introduced to protect the manliness of male athletes, or because maroon uniforms are cheaper than pink ones. Either way, maroon isn't actually one of the school colors, despite its use instead of rose in bookstore merch and on the school website. And at graduation, the gown collars still have pink lining. There's nothing wrong with acknowledging that while Vassar is coed now, it was for the majority of its history a women's college, and a pioneering one at that!

How about gray, maroon, *and* pink? They'd go well all together.

Anonymous said...

stay the fuck away from pink mads. it's girly and don't let students tell you different

Anonymous said...

i agree.. more wesleying/less blog because honestly this (give that it is written by a freshman) can sometimes be a trip down snorestown. esp with the filtering of comments. wtf? way to promote censorship you [beeep] [beeep].

Respire said...

#333333, #666666, and #6A1500
(Dark gray, light gray, and dark red). Also Helvetica.

Anonymous said...

the layout is still weird. it was better before

Anonymous said...

I'm not a fan of the white background. It's a little boring.

Anonymous said...

just copy wesleying, it's really good. do the same white background and formatting that they do.

Anonymous said...

Hey there Mads. I like the maroon and grey layout- keep up the good work!

Anonymous said...

I like this current two shades of grey and maroon.

But that's just me

Anonymous said...

just testing to see if the comments are stll being screendd

Anonymous said...

fuhhhhhhhh guess not.

Anonymous said...

it looks like a blog circa 2000! boo

Anonymous said...

yeah i like grey and maroon, vassar colors

Anonymous said...

The way the design is right now, with the easy black on white, is much nicer than it was before with the harsh purple and black.

Respire said...

The design is much easier on the eyes now, but the header image is ugly low quality.
Also, is is possible to do a repeating background image on Blogger? If so, consider making some border images to flank the text area. (Like what the shadow and beige are doing on the comments page)

Anonymous said...

vassar kids are pretty html.savvy. so i recommend you stop by the cloisters in the library sometime and ask someone (LIKE ME) to help you out.

on that note, you should also consider looking at some other blogging sites that are a little bit more cutting edge and interesting (esp if u plan on having this for a while). some of the most dynamic blogs i've recently visited have abandoned "blogger" for some newer sites like this one... check it out http://www.tumblr.com/

ah and i should mention that the guy who started tumblr, david karp, is pretty gosh darn cute and smart. he could've gone to vassar but naturally he didn't. probably because he actually IS cute and smart.