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Really really cool! Great job, Stuart! I look forward to txp.com! :)
In the weblog page, what seems like 3 cut off excerpts I think is intentional to have equal column heights, right?
Yep. Just cut you off in mid-stream. I was debating using a plugin set to a word or character count but the problem is that you can’t account for how many lines the title may take unto itself so I’ve just applied a simple box height. ;)
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This is a tremendous accomplishment, and I’d like to say thank you for putting in the work and making it happen. The site looks awesome. It gets me excited for when txp.com v2 is finally unveiled. Matthew Smith did some really nice things with the typography (Times New Roman, who would have thought!). My general impression is that this is a reliable site with worth-while content. Bravo!
I caught a mischievous link still pointing to your local box on Using Front End Themes:
…There should be. One that you could look at is TXP Falling Away.
Darn those pesky localhost moles. Thanks Dave. Sorted!
Thanks Neko. I shall look at that. But tomorrow. It’s bedtime. ;)
You couldn’t grab me a screen-shot could you Neko? Let me see which bits are a problem.
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I take it this will also be the look of the new textpattern.com?
What a great improvement it would be if the Carver logo and Sackers Gothic font was used to replace the new logo! It would bring back the active, human side of Textpattern, which has been replaced with the passive, unused tools. Tools crossed like that are obviously not in use, in fact they look like something you’d see in a museum. A lump hammer and a cold chisel are for rough work, although a sculptor may have used them at one time but would more likely use electric tools today to get more control.
The X cross of the tools is also seen all over the net, so it is no longer a unique logo and is also highly forgetful, whereas the yellow, the carver and the font of old are embedded deep in our memories and are instantly memorable. They have a certain mystique and ambiguity too that for first time viewers makes them ask “what is this?” Those few extra moments of looking thrust the logo deeper into the memory. The new logo leaves no questions but gives the wrong answers – “oh, it’s those crossed tools again, how boring.”
The carver would also bring back the fine elegance and replace the blunt confrontation. If the tools are seen as traditional or classical, then they are nowhere near as classical as the carver. If they are meant to show TXP is a set of tools to be used, then OK, but surely they are the wrong tools and they are limited, heavy and static. The carver shows possibilities, creativity and human endeavour.
The carver is unique, memorable and a well-known brand. Why replace it with a commonplace, forgettable, boring, static logo (no matter how cleanly drawn it is) that risks condemning Textpattern to the CMS museum? It makes me groan, it will make others laugh at Textpattern. Bring back the Carver! Bring back the Carver!
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