Parent Hacks redesign! Prettier! Easier to browse! Better search! Come see!
Parent Hacks has a new look! Given that the original design was a pre-fab TypePad template I hacked together during my kids' holiday break in 2005, it's about time, don't you think?
I've hemmed and hawed about redesigning Parent Hacks for years. But, in the end, I decided to keep it simple and to highlight what makes Parent Hacks special: the content and the conversation.
Parent Hacks sits on top of a gold mine of wisdom: the thousands of hacks you've contributed over the last almost-six years. But they were hidden behind a sloppy archive structure, so were almost impossible to browse.
I've streamlined the categories and made them easier to find so you can "thumb through" hacks by topic or by age.
The old site search sucked needed improvement. I've beefed up the search function, made it easier to go through the results, and am adding search keywords to every post (A big job I'm chipping away at gradually, as the site has thousands of hacks).
My hope was for the design to reflect what I love about Parent Hacks: it's friendly, it's useful, it's no-nonsense. My priorities were page speed, readability, navigability, and a feeling of openness and ease. I hope that comes across.
Now for the thank you speech. I've been "mocking up" this design on paper for the last two years, but my friend, designer Chrissey Trainello, turned my motley sketches into an actual Photoshop file.
From there, Brianna, a designer on TypePad's Custom Design Team, turned the file into a set of working templates. The finished design came about through months of collaboration and tweaking, and Brianna's (and project manager Laura's) endless patience with my niggly CSS and TypePad questions was amazing.
The logo hasn't changed a bit since Bryan Bell designed it in 2006, and I love it as much today as I did then. I decided to give it a big, fat spotlight in this new design.
As always, the fine folks at Federated Media were behind me all the way, as was my husband Rael, who got to hear all about things like "pagination" and "template syntax" in the middle of the night.
I am so proud of the work we've done, and couldn't be happier with the results. Thank you to everyone who has helped me think this through over the years.
There are bound to be glitches. If you see something weird or broken with the function, the look, or the font, would you please let me know? Send me email (asha at parenthacks dot com) with the subject line REDESIGN.
Be sure to tell me:
- which platform you use (Windows, Mac, mobile, etc.)
- which browser (Chrome, Firefox, Explorer, etc.)
- and which browser version
Thank you all! I can't wait to hear what you think!