Dec 30 2009

Header Change

Published by at 11:07 pm under Art

I decided to swap out the US flag for a background more recognizable as a writer’s background. Also, I swapped out the red-to-blue title gradient for just blue. I think it’s easier to read. What do you think?

ORIGINAL VERSION

NEW VERSION

I think that Lash (the black guy) sticks out much more smoothly than he did before.  And the new SUPERHERO NATION title text is significantly cleaner and easier to read.   (My grasp of Photoshop has gotten a bit better; can you see that the new version’s title text is a bit more three-dimensional than the original version?)  However, I think that Gary (the white guy) sticks out less.  Aside from that, I think that the new background is an improvement because it indicates this is a writing website more effectively than the US flag did.

11 responses so far

11 Responses to “Header Change”

  1. thepopeofbeerson 31 Dec 2009 at 12:16 am

    I’m gonna miss your old header. I feel like it was more dynamic. But you’re right about Lash getting lost in the background. The new header is cleaner… but kinda tame, I hate to say. I do like how Superhero Nation reads now, though.

    It does say writing website to me. But it doesn’t say awesome. And your site is awesome.

  2. B. Macon 31 Dec 2009 at 12:26 am

    Hmm. Can you think of any way to make a writing background somehow suggest awesomeness? My other idea was doing it from a skyscraper office looking down through the window. Alternately, I could go back to the flag but with the blue title I currently have. I really am not fond of the red-to-blue gradient but the flag may be workable.

  3. thepopeofbeerson 31 Dec 2009 at 12:58 am

    It’s hard meshing writing with awesome, sadly. Visually, at least. The skyscraper office sounds like a solid idea.

  4. B. Macon 31 Dec 2009 at 1:39 am

    Okay, I thought of something. It’s a generic cityscape. Nothing too exciting. Unless you notice the eccentric addition I’ve made…


    I like it, but I think that the helicopter is more likely to confuse prospective readers than interest them.

  5. thepopeofbeerson 31 Dec 2009 at 2:10 am

    I’m pretty sure you just blew my socks off.

    Can’t speak for anyone else, but that header would absolutely interest me if I came wandering across your website. 100%.

    Use it!

  6. Bretton 31 Dec 2009 at 2:33 pm

    *rises from the sands of time*
    I’m with thepopeofbeers. that version of the header fits the site perfectly. although, in my personal opinion, it would make more sense to have Agent Orange there instead of Lash. I know he’s something of a tradition, but the stuff I’ve been browsing on your website lately indicates that he’s not a major character, if he is still a character at all. Otherwise, awesome.

  7. B. Macon 31 Dec 2009 at 3:38 pm

    Welcome back, Brett!

    There are some logistical issues with using Agent Orange in the header. First, the only colored pictures I have of AO at the moment are facing towards the right and would look awkward if I flipped them to face left. That’s a problem because the zanier lines here have to be delivered by a character facing left.

    Also, in terms of audience appeal… I think that Lash is a much better point of entry for prospective readers than AO is. The main purpose of this site is to offer superhero writing advice to a wide variety of people and a character that looks somewhat like a conventional superhero probably conveys that more effectively than a mutant alligator. (Particularly given that Gary does not look at all like a superhero).



    Admittedly, AO is a much more prominent character than Lash in the comic book, but this website is mostly separate from the comic book series. When I make a website specifically for the comic, I’ll use AO more prominently there. (Relatedly, Gary and AO are both on the cover of the first issue). On this site, I’m mainly concerned about an image that interests prospective readers in our writing advice.

  8. Merideson 01 Jan 2010 at 12:46 am

    OMG I love the new header, B mac! I’ve been kinda in and out the past month or so, but I definitely love it. The ‘copter is a fun, zany touch… (personally, would have loved AO dangling upside-down from a rope, instead, but…) Great new look. 🙂

  9. Beccaon 01 Jan 2010 at 4:07 pm

    I like it the new one. It looks cleaner, more polished, not to mention more international-friendly. The helicopter one is pretty good, too 🙂

  10. B. Macon 01 Jan 2010 at 9:04 pm

    Glad to hear it, Becca. I think that my grasp of visual design is improving, particularly color coordination. Also, my text looks a lot better.

    I’ll let you know if international prospective readers respond better to the new helicopter background than they did to the flag, but I’ve noticed that Britons and Australians have actually been a bit LESS likely to bounce than Americans. (Bounce rates: 52% for Americans, 54% for Canadians, 42% for Britons, and 50% for Australians). So my guess is that most people probably didn’t notice the flag, or if they did, they didn’t readily interpret it to mean “non-Americans, stay out.”

    Merides and Brett, I will try to work AO hanging from a rope into the website I do for the comic book series. Out of the ~34 pages I’ve written for the comic book so far, that has probably been my favorite visual so far.

  11. Tomon 02 Jan 2010 at 5:12 am

    Agreed, new header’s much better.

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