Today I’m very excited to finally launch the redesign of GraphicDesignBlender.com!
Take a look around and let us know what you think. We’d love your honest feedback. After all, this is for you.
(If you’re reading this in an email, RSS feed, or elsewhere, you can click here to visit GDB and see the redesign yourself.)
Let us know what you think by leaving a comment on this post.
Together with the launch of this new design, we’re also relaunching our resolve to provide an even higher level of quality content. Leave a comment on this post and tell us what topics you want covered before the end of the year here at GDB.
Where we’ve been
It’s always fun to take a look backwards at where your site design has come from.
I’ll be the first to admit that there have been some really bad design decisions (that seemed good at the time), but hindsight is always 20/20, right? Take a stroll down memory lane with me:
#1 Original Design (2009)
Blast. I can’t find it. I remember it. But I have no trace of it. If anyone has a screen shot, I will seriously make you the first member of the GDB Hall of Fame.
All I have left of the original design is this little graphic I made for the first ever redesign announcement. It’s a tiny peek into what it used to look like here at GDB.
#2 Tan Color Scheme (2010)
Then, we moved to tan. It was all the rage in 2010. Or something.
#3 Blue & White Color Scheme (2010)
The muddy tan design gave way to a cleaner (at the time) white and blue design.
#4 White, Grey and Orange Responsive Design (2011)
Most of you are familiar with this design because it’s what we were sporting when you found us. (We’ve had millions of new visitors since this design and tons of new subscribers, so we know most of you have joined since this design came around.)
#5 Responsive, roomy, flat, simple, usable.
And today, we’ve got the all-new redesign you’re looking at now. We’d love to know what you think of it. We built it on the Genesis framework (*aff) and have loved the results!
(Remember, if you’re in email or RSS, checkout the redesign here.)
Important updates at the blog
Even if the blog design hasn’t always been top-notch, there’s one thing I’ve always tried to make shine as bright as possible: the content here at GDB.
In my mind, redesigns come and go, but the pillar of a quality blog and a quality resource comes in the content.
That’s why we’re still working really hard to bring you GDBpro, an all-new resource for building your freelance design business.
Why haven’t we launched GDBpro yet even though we announced it months ago?
Because it keeps changing and adapting to bring GDB readers as much quality content and resources as possible.
We plan to launch for the new year (or earlier), so stay tuned.
Looking for a weekly writer
Last, but not least, I’m sad to report that Brent Galloway, who has contributed immeasurable value to this blog has decided to take on new endeavors which means he will no longer be writing weekly posts here at GDB.
We wish Brent the best in all he does.
Brent’s leaving left a hole in our writing team and we need to fill it asap.
If you think you have value to add to the GDB community through quality blog posts, you can apply to be our new writer here.
Ramping up through the end of the year
Last, but not least, with the new design in place, we plan to really ramp up the content through the rest of the year and beyond! If you’re not subscribed to the newsletter, you’re going to wish you were. We’ve got some seriously great content headed your way starting tomorrow!
What have you got to say?
Now it’s up to you: what do you think of the redesign? What’s good? What’s bad?
Leave a comment, leave a blog topic you want us to tackle, report a bug in the new design, and let’s talk.