F1Fanatic’s third birthday redesign

I’m delighted to mark F1Fanatic’s third birthday by revealing a brand new design and lots of new features.

Continue reading for more on the redesign and new stuff on the site this year.

The new look

The F1Fanatic redesign was created by Dreamfly.

Thanks to all of you who completed the survey last year on the site design and contributed ideas on how to make the site better. I hope you agree the new look is more attractive and also easier to understand. Here are some of the changes in detail:

Logo

The old font used for every F1Fanatic logo since the site began in 2005 has been dropped – I think the new one is slicker, more distinctive and recognisable.

Menus

Many of you said you wanted to be able to follow discussions more easily. The two new menus on the right are part of the attempt to improve that. At a click you can see the most popular posts and where the biggest discussions are taking place.

Footer

Instant links to information about drivers, races and teams. I’ve spent quite a bit of time revising and expanding the driver biographies, and the team and circuit pages are brand-new.

Some recent posts have been designed to look best in the new layout: here’s one example.

I’ll write more about the deeper changes to the site later.

Spotted a problem?

There are bound to be technical glitches with a brand new design and I’m going to be working hard over the next few days to get everything working properly.

If you do spot a technical glitch please send me an email or leave a comment below. And if any of you can suggest solutions to those problems that would be magnificent!

Please do give me any feedback on the new site as well – what you like, what you don’t like, stuff that’s gone missing, anything…

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63 comments on F1Fanatic’s third birthday redesign

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  1. Happy birthday to F1Fanatic. Nice new design!

  2. Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 5th March 2008, 0:33

    Thank you! I shamelessly ripped off some ideas from your own fine site :-)

  3. Very nice.

  4. Scootin159 said on 5th March 2008, 1:06

    Would it be possible to have a setting to hide the side menus if we don’t want them?  I’d rather have the extra screen width to read the content…

  5. Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 5th March 2008, 1:08

    That’s a good idea – I’ll have a look how it could be done. I’ve got a few bugs to fix in the meantime though – the ‘more’ links and comment links aren’t working quite right yet.

  6. Scootin159 said on 5th March 2008, 1:10

    btw… absolutly love the fact that I can now subscribe to the comments – this way I can know when someone responds to my posts.

  7. Gman said on 5th March 2008, 1:46

    Very nice redesign- although the old browser i’m using at the moment prevents me from fully exploring everything.

  8. Eric M. said on 5th March 2008, 2:00

    I like it!

    happy 3rd!

  9. 420 said on 5th March 2008, 2:01

    nice

    one suggestion/request: is it possible to get the whole frame to display in the middle,  rather than on the left side? I have a pretty large widescreen monitor, and about 25% of it on the right side is totally unused gray space. i think that having the fram centered or extended to use the full space would make it look alot better/easier to read. im using Firefox by the way.  just a small suggestion.

  10. Fer no.65 said on 5th March 2008, 2:16

    Lovely! Happy 3rd!… I still don’t know how i got to this website, but im glad i did!… thanks you Keith!

  11. Looks awesome Keith. Congratulations!

  12. Tok Pa said on 5th March 2008, 4:20

    I like the color combination but I agree with Scootin159 and 420. A fluid width perhaps?

  13. Robb said on 5th March 2008, 4:29

    happy birthday, looking good!!

  14. cyanide said on 5th March 2008, 4:58

    I’m with 420 here, a lot of space on the right hand side is wasted on widescreen resolutions/monitors. Here’s what it looks like: http://i27.tinypic.com/13zzkoi.png

    If possible, I’d love to have the main content column a lot more wider. Really like the comments section in the sidebar.

    But anyways, congratulations on the redesign and more importantly, this site/blog’s third birthday. I’ve been a silent lurker mostly for the last few months and make sure to check the site everyday atleast twice. Keep up the great work, and hope to be here for the 4th birthday as well :)

  15. Happy Birthday, F1 Fanatic!

    The re-design is cool, very neat and well laid-out.  I have one minor doubt: the old site looked like a site, rather than a blog – this one is very obviously a blog.  In some circles blogs are viewed with disdain and it may be that your previous design slipped by such objections more easily.

    Just a thought.

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