A kinder, softer SP Community

After making changes to SP corporate and the community, they received feedback that the look was too stark, too corporate.

In an attempt to be receptive to feedback and be proactive to be more “human”, but to hedge their bets, corporate has decided to trial the look they’ve come up with as a result of that feedback here at the community before they revamp the corporate site.

Hopefully everyone enjoys the softer, friendlier, more human community.

EDIT: Due to a lack of positive feedback, and the fact that it is in fact, April Fool’s Day, the softer SP theme (though we hope we’re still kind) has been removed and we’re returned to the standard theme. Thank you to all who provided feedback.

But for prosperities sake, here’s a screen shot of the softer SP Community theme in all it’s glory, with the designer front and center

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I could do without the seeing the butterfly in the upper right in every single post over and over. Also the type is a little difficult to read and quit honestly looks more like something out of a little girls diary than a professional web industry forum. The theme looks like something conjured up for an arts and crafts site… although I don’t completely hate the colors. The pink does match my avatar so there is that.

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But to balance things out I see that the post numbers have returned! Hurray?

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I don’t like it at all. Looks like something for a little girl. Butterfly’s need to go, cursive font needs to go, Pink color needs to go.

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Perhaps a simple pastel color palette used in the community could soften it. I think pink is perhaps a bit drastic. I thought the purple was cool.

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Butterfly either needs to go or doesn’t interfere with the typography. Color theme is OK, but nothing spectacular. I rather have Comic Sans that a cursive font…joking. Though I would just go with an Arial font. I do like the fact that this site is trying to get away from the corporate feel.

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I am pretty sorry but in Germany such looking website would advertising sanitary napkins…

Horrible

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That’s what I thought at first, but trust me, it grows on you.
This revamp has actually inspired me to give Comic Sans another go on my blog.

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@DaveMaxwell: as you can see in the above post, the quoted text overlays the butterfly.
Can we get HQ to have a look at that, please. The butterfly should obviously be on top.
Maybe a z-index issue?

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The design does not inspire confidence in the quality of content available. Neither does it do so from the perspective of hiring quality candidates. Hopefully the same people witting learning material for sitepoint design are not the same ones who conquered this theme up. Some very basic design fundamentals are all being broken almost intentionally it seems.ironically instead of making the appearance soft the opposite has been. The overlapping icon to the right obscures text, the font chosen is almost illegible, the button colors can disappear in the background, and the bright bar at the top is nearly blinding it’s so pink. I don’t really think any of the the changes made have been successful in the intended communication. The only thing really holding the design partially together is the layout which thankfully seems to have been left alone otherwise we might need to be reading vertical text that is pink. It’s difficult to beleive anyone with professional design background pushed for this change or would approve it.

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I think it’s really great, a long-needed update to the site aesthetic and it works really well. Is there any way you could perhaps animate the butterfly, maybe have it fly off to one side as I scroll the page up?

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Thanks, Jim. I’ll pass that on - to the powers that bee! :honeybee:

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We here at Sitepoint have been pushing for a more inclusive workforce. We believe dictating this work to someone with more experience really is not inclusive to those with lesser web development activity.

We handle the work round-robin: sometimes you get a developer, sometimes you don’t :slight_smile: .

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It always takes me a while to wake up in the morning, but the burn of the pink in this theme really helps give me that much needed boost. Thanks, SitePoint :+1:

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I realized what the problem is here. The butterflies don’t fly around. Can somebody throw in some JavaScript so that all the butterflies flutter around the page?

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I think random fluttering might be a bit distracting, but I really like @droopsnoot’s suggestion of having them fly off to the side on scroll. I think that would be a real improvement.

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I’m not sure. I’ve heard bad things about butterflies flapping their wings :shifty:

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That’s only if they’re in the rain forest, and since the rain forest is fading away… :shifty:

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That would be “Chaos Theory” or “The Butterfly Effect”.

Watch the The Butterfly Effect movie trilogy for a thrilling example of the effect.

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I did watch the first one. Great movie. Haven’t seen the other two. Would you recommend them?

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