Angry Robot 2.0
It should be obvious as you read this that we have a new design goin’ on here. Come in, look around! Take off your shoes! Kick back and have a cold one, eh?
So we had a blog design before, and we were a blog. But we were doing longer articles, and it became frustrating to have them roll out of view whenever we found something shiny on YouTube. So the general idea behind the new look is to structure the content a little, introducing new sections and giving each section a little real estate on our front page. We also wanted to give first time visitors from Google and elsewhere a better sense of the content we provide, so individual entry pages are a little more fleshed out with all of our hot jazz.
So, generally, it’s all the same stuff as before, just shuffled around. Longer pieces will be in the features section, reviews will be in what we call tested (because we seem to like making up names for things), as before, the podcast is Robot Sounds, and the comics have their own place now, aptly named comics. General bloggy stuff now lives in the Roblog. What we called ‘links’ before is now called “In brief”, and it lives over in the side columns as before. There’s no section for that, as it’s a feed from delicious.
The layout before was pretty minimalist. Now that fabulously talented designer Nadine Lessio has given us a much lusher, 4 column look, we’ve got room for a lot of little widgets that hopefully will come in handy to all of us. There’s a list of recent comments, recent posts, what we consider the best posts, etc.
We’re also deploying some ads for the first time. This was always the goal, but it didn’t seem worth doing until we had the new design up. Hope you don’t mind ‘em, as we’ve got to find some way to pay for our wallet-crushing videogame addictions!
Finally, lots of stuff may still need tweaking, or may actually be horribly broken. There’s a lot of work to be done in terms of integrating a new design into an existing publishing system like ours, and I’m sure I messed a few things up. So if you see something that isn’t working right, let us know and we’ll fix that bastard up! In the meantime, hope you like what you see.