Brand New Look [ ARTICLE ]

So by now you’ve probably noticed that the blue Dueling Analogs‘ design of the past year and a half is no more. I felt it was the right time for a change and to fix a lot of problems that you, the readers, have been complaining about for very long a while now.

First off, the white text on a dark blue background is no more.
Blue vs. New
This was the biggest gripe I got from you guys about the old design. You said it was way to hard to read. Personally, I never had a problem with it but that’s me. Still, I feel the colors a calm and professional set.

Second, the design is now optimized for 1280px resolution. It’s pretty standard that most websites are built for 1024px resolution. But +80% of Dueling Analogs‘ audience have a monitor with a resolution greater than or equal to 1280px. So why not design the site with the majority of the readers in mind? Well, I did. But I also took those with a smaller resolution in mind as well. True, if you have a larger monitor you will see the site how it is intended. But if you don’t, the right column will merely become thinner and the logo with change slightly. Resize your browser window if you want to see what I mean. It works for both, just looks slightly better for one.
Navigation: New vs. Old
The comic navigation has changed. The rewind back and forward next buttons are now on the sides for a more logical navigating experience. The email this comic that was in the center has been replaced with a random comic strip button while the email this strip button itself has been moved lower into the new share section of the post.

What is old is new again. When the previous design was implemented the area for the comics was decreased from 725px wide to 671px wide. That meant that the comics that were wider than that had to be shrunk down. In the new design, the comic area has been increased to 750px wide. Which means that the larger versions of the comics will be returning. Already the first 174 comics have had their wider versions returned to the site.

There’s lots of other little things and behind the scenes programming that I implemented as well. But overall from a design point of view, what I have mentioned here are the big ones. I know that the site looks different and a lot of people get nervous when what they know changes. But in the end I think you’ll appreciate the brighter design and cleaner layout. And the fact that text can actually breathe now, as well.

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