After almost a year, we have a new design! As web designers we’re always thinking about what to change in order to make the site more friendly for those who are looking for inspiration and tutorials.

Our main goal was to simplify the design and also add more white-space. The images of the articles have and always will be the main asset of the blog so we wanted to drive the user’s attention to the images and text, and less to the interface itself. That’s why we have removed the stars on the header but still kept them on the footer. Also we were very inspired by magazine designs, that explains the text overlapping the images.

New Features

Among the main changes on the new design we could list:

  • Bigger images
  • Preview image at the top of the articles
  • More white-space
  • Thumbnail view on the home-page
  • Threaded conversations on the comments
  • CSS 3 for effects (sorry IE users)

Overlapping of Images - Abduzeedo v5
Big preview image with text overlapping

Thumbnails view
Thumbnails view

Reply to comments
Reply to comments

Navigation

In terms of navigation, we split the menu in two. The main menu consists of the most important categories on the blog:

  • Tutorials
    • Photoshop
    • Illustrator
    • Pixelmator
    • Fireworks
    • Quick Tips
    • Case Studies
  • Inspiration
    • Architecture
    • Illustration
    • Photography
    • Daily Inspiration
    • Sites of the Week
    • Best of the Week
    • Popular Post
  • Wallpapers
  • Inspiration


Meebo Bar

Another great feature we added (and that we're really excited about!) is the Meebo Bar! The Meebo Bar allows you to drag and share any images of the site via Twitter, Facebook or email. Also we will be able to chat while navigating on Abduzeedo. That way we might even be able to help you guys on tutorials or any questions you might have regarding posts and so on.

Meebo Bar
Meebo Bar

It doesn't just stop there. Abduzeedo is always under development. We try to learn as much as we can from you and we’re always open to suggestions. Our idea is always to make the experience as better and simpler as possible. We still have some features up our sleeves that will be released very soon! One thing I can reveal right now is that our iPhone app is 95% done ;)

iPhone app is coming
iPhone app is coming

Also we want to mention and thank our hosting (mt) Media Temple for the great support during the redesign process, we were working with the 2 versions and sometimes doing crazy things but they guys over at Media Temple kept Abduzeedo up and running.

About the author of this post

Abduzeedo is a blog about design. There are all sorts of articles for those who want to look for inspiration. Also you will find very useful tutorials for the most used applications out there, with a special selection of Photoshop Tutorials and Illustrator Tutorials. Of course there are other softwares conteplated like Pixelmator, Fireworks, and web design tutorials.