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13 November 2008 @ 07:36 pm
[New Community Layout?]  
Hey guys. I've been kinda toying around with making a new community layout for nejiten. It's been a while since the last one, and there's some stuff with S2 that's better supported than S1 (like dealing with ads and tags). But I wanted to get a little input first: one, do you guys actually want a new layout? And two, is it okay with you, BC? XP


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I like the gray/white color scheme that we have right now, but since this would theoretically be a new layout I tried a different color scheme with blue (to sort of echo the water prison scene in Shippuuden 8D). This is based off the Bloggish theme, and a combo of the Bryant and Powell Street layouts. (If you have a paid account, I think you can view the comm with those layouts here and here.)

Some points:
  • General layout width is 670px, sidebar 160px, entries 470px. Probably will make entries a little wider, to 500px. Issues, anyone?

  • Nejiten graphic at lower right hand corner will not scroll, so it'll always be there to oogle at. XP I kinda wanted the header to be something related to the water prison scene, so in there Neji's catching Tenten, and this graphic at the bottom with Tenten catching Neji for a kind of parallel theme. YES I AM A SAP

  • And I attempted making a header for about 2 minutes and it was atrocious, trust me. Any banner makers who want to give it a shot?

  • Because the Tenten-catching-Neji graphic goes basically from upper left to lower right, I put it in the lower right hand corner and put the sidebar on the far left. But maybe I should use a different graphic or not one at all, or switch the sidebars, etc. Preferences, anyone?

  • With Bloggish, I don't think it's possible to remove the "previous 20" from the top except by removing it entirely from both top and bottom, and I think it has a useful function, so I'm keeping it there for now
    • EDIT: Actually, I think I can now, using some funky CSS. I'll have to test it out first.
    • On a plus side though, I think I'm also able to get rid of those extra comment link things. Like, the "Tell a Friend" and "Track This" links. Does anyone actually use those? I can get rid of them and we can shorten it down to leave a comment/read/link/edit/edit tags. Or should I ditch the "edit tags" link too?

  • For the curious, I started out with these two color schemes but the green started to look really weird and the yellow was...just awkward so I randomly picked some blues. I am not a color genius though, so if anyone has a better color scheme idea, toss it my way.

  • Along those lines, can everyone actually read the text colors? I tried to make it contrast as much as possible so it'd be easy to read

  • I'm going to code for the links list, the profile/navigation list, the tags list, and the calender, and hide the page summary/syndication/powered by modules, unless someone actually wants those...


Any comments/questions/inputs greatly appreciated!

And if people would prefer to stay with the old layout, no prob; I'll scuttle back into my hole and attempt to write fanfiction again. XD

EDIT 1: You can see what I'm currently fiddling around with here based off of my LJ. I'm probably going to flip from Bloggish to a different style though, since Bloggish doesn't have both free text and a links list feature. >> My colors are still hilariously bad. .................Right now I'm thinking of just copying the exact colors of this comm right now; I'm just that bad at color coordinating >>

EDIT 2: Okay guys, I'm definitely making a move to Flexible Squares, and it's going to be a major overhaul so all the above points are now outdated. XP I'm finding that I just can't make the layout without some idea of the kind of graphics/header that'll exist, so you'll have to bear with my cruddy graphics skills and someone can replace it later. Current messing-around-layout: here.
 
 
 
Sapphire Lunasapphireluna on November 14th, 2008 02:33 am (UTC)
Why not? I like the color.
I do have an issue with using fanart without the person's permission though ;/ Sure that Japanese person may never come here, but it's still a pet peeve of mine
Toboe LoneWolf: [Naruto] Don't You Daretoboe_lonewolf on November 14th, 2008 09:09 am (UTC)
=D Great!

:/ I wasn't sure myself, but the current layout uses doujinshi art, and I am abysmal at graphics. I want something in the lower corner, otherwise I'd shift the whole layout to the center.
Sapphire Lunasapphireluna on November 14th, 2008 05:41 pm (UTC)
Doujinshi is somewhat "commercial", unlike fanart. I think that's just a random japanese fanart, not doujinshi.

May I suggest one of these pictures? Maybe not as good, but you know who made them and you could easily ask if they would mind you using it.
http://mayanna.deviantart.com/art/NejiTen-Thanks-for-caring-53256273
http://kikobuntstift.deviantart.com/art/Friendship-Or-more-54075228
Toboe LoneWolf: [Ouran] Ouran is Lovetoboe_lonewolf on November 14th, 2008 11:08 pm (UTC)
I know it's not from a doujinshi, but it still fell under the category of "Art Not Done By Me." XP

Hmm...both of those arts would be hard to use though; they've got fancy backgrounds and stuff; and I'd like for this layout to gear more on the Shippuuden side rather than pre-timeskip (thus the blue, relating to the water prison scene.) I'd rather use actual anime/manga art, or art from someone involved in the community, if we're going to be selective.
passiveskypassivesky on November 14th, 2008 04:26 am (UTC)
New layouts are WIN, hon. I love this layout, but new ones are good too. Toboe, you're so smart; understanding all that CSS gibberish and what. XD
Toboe LoneWolf: [Ouran] Ouran is Lovetoboe_lonewolf on November 14th, 2008 09:10 am (UTC)
^^ Glad to know I'm going towards the right direction! CSS is really easy though! It's just like HTML; purely mark-up with nothing like loops and crud...
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Toboe LoneWolf: [Naruto] Don't You Daretoboe_lonewolf on November 14th, 2008 11:10 pm (UTC)
^^;;; I dunno if I could successfully run a contest... I'm already kinda proaching on BC's territory since she's the mod and the only one able to actually change the layout in the first place XP
Nattmusei_kage on November 15th, 2008 04:30 am (UTC)
I like the layout, it's kinda cute in its boxy style. But I'd suggest a colour scheme with more variety? I dernno, it just seems a little redundant if the whole thing is in blue..or is that purple lol I'm so colourblind sometimes. How bout throwing in a combo of blue purples and greens?
Toboe LoneWolftoboe_lonewolf on November 15th, 2008 07:03 am (UTC)
I tried.... but I really, really suck at choosing colors. It was like putting hot pink on brown, or mustard with sky-blue. I can never pick out a good scheme of colors. I'll need specific codes. XP
Nattmusei_kage on November 16th, 2008 05:08 am (UTC)
lol i totally didn't come up with this myself, but it looks nice enough:
#7FBDAD
#7FBD83
#BDB87F
#7F9BBD
#B57FBD