We finally launched the long-overdue redesign of the Clearleft website last week. We launched it late on Friday afternoon, because, hey! that’s not a stupid time to push something live or anything.
The actual moment of launch was initiated by Josh who had hacked together a physical launch button containing a teensy USB development board.
Mind you, just because the site is now live doesn’t mean the work is done. Far from it, as Paul pointed out:
Keep the feedback and comments about the new @clearleft site coming. Launching a site is just the start; much to iterate upon and improve.— Paul Lloyd (@paulrobertlloyd) January 11, 2013
But it’s nice to finally have something new up. We were all getting quite embarrassed by the old site.
Still, rather than throw the old design away and never speak of it again, we’ve archived it. We’ve archived every iteration of the site:
- Version 1 launched in 2005. I wrote about it back then. It looked very much of its time. This was before responsive design, but it was, of course, nice and liquid.
- Version 2 came a few years later. There were some little bits I liked it about it but it always felt a bit “off”.
- Version 3 was more of a re-alignment than a full-blown redesign: an attempt to fix some of the things that felt “off” about the previous version.
- Version 4 is where we are now. We don’t love it, but we don’t hate it either. Considering how long it took to finally get this one done, we should probably start planning the next iteration now.
I’m glad that we’ve kept the archived versions online. I quite enjoy seeing the progression of the visual design and the technologies used under the hood.